Friday, January 12, 2007

Art Meme - Chris edition

Ok, I'll take a shot at this since Toast tagged me.

1. Name a book that you want to share so much that you keep giving away copies:

I give books to my parents and John all the time, and vice versa. But there's no one particular book I give away. The question does remind me of the teacher I interned for. She and her husband really liked Robertson Davies' Deptford trilogy and loaned me the first book, Fifth Business. They told me they had loaned out their old copy but never got it back, and so had to buy it again. This was in 1993. I still have their copy Fifth Business, so I guess they had to buy it yet again, and I still haven't read it. Started it several times, but I just couldn't get into it.

2. Name a piece of music that changed the way you listen to music:

I don't know if it changed the way I listen, but there was a CD that captured my rather aimless musical taste and got me pointed firmly in one direction - it was The Premiere Collection: The Best Of Andrew Lloyd Webber. It was this CD that really introduced me to musicals, which now make up the majority of my music collection. I'm sure this is why John tags me as artsy-fartsy.

3. Name a film you can watch again and again without fatigue:

Like John, I could come up with quite a few of these. The one that immediately comes to mind is The Shawshank Redemption. It's funny that Stephen King seems to have a reputation for bad movie adaptations, (yes, there have been some clunkers), yet he has been responsible for several outstanding films. Besides Shawshank, there's Stand By Me, Misery, and The Green Mile to name a few.

And I have to say, although I like Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, for me, it would get a little old after the first 100 viewings or so.

4. Name a performer for whom you suspend of all disbelief:

Hmmm... I like a lot of different actors and actresses, but no one in particular jumps out for me. By the way, why is it that some many people are using the term actor for females? I don't think that any indication of difference between the sexes is automatically demeaning. I've never thought of actress as inferior to actor. In fact, it seems to me that acting is one place where it's useful to mark the difference in sexes. Some roles can be handled by either sex, but most roles are pretty sex-specific, I would say.

5. Name a work of art you'd like to live with:

There are all kinds of paintings I'd like to have. I've always liked this painting by Dali The Temptaion of St. Anthony. Not for any particular reason other than I just like the way it looks. I'm not very analytical when it comes to art.

6. Name a work of fiction which has penetrated your real life:

I'm sure numerous works of fiction have had some effect on my thinking in small ways, but I can't point to any one book or movie that has actually had a significant impact on my real life.

7. Name a punch line that always makes you laugh:

Mmm, sacrilicious.

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Susan Taylor said...

"The Deptford Trilogy" is amazing, but it only appeals to certain readers. I always hesitate to recommend it to friends, because I don't want to be disappointed in them if they don't like it. Robertson Davies was a great writer,
but if you read only one thing by him, it should be "What's Bred in the Bone."
It is also part of a trilogy, but it can be read as a stand alone without losing any of its charm.

For Deptford, you really need to read all 3 novels to get the full impact.

Just my 2 cents!

Toast said...

Show tunes. Wow. Did not see that coming.

Chris Howard said...

I love me some show tunes. I have a pretty eclectic taste in music. Sounds like you do too, from hair metal to rap to classical to 80's pop.

Chris Howard said...

Well, Susan, maybe I'll have to give Robertson Davies another try. And I do find it a lot easier to get into books now than I did when I was younger.