I no longer know who I stole this meme from!
Name a book that you want to share so much that you keep giving away copies:
It’s such a cliche: The Prophet by Gibran. It was a Christmas present I gave again this year. Also, The World Almanac. Beyond that, there are some expensive music reference books from Joel Whitburn about the Billboard charts. I never throw away the old copy when I buy the new copy, I just pass it on.
Name a piece of music that changed the way you listen to music:
Besides “Quintet” from West Side Story, which I’ve previously mentioned – “The Jets are gonna have their way tonight” against, “Tonight, tonight won’t be just any night”? Or the Huntley-Brinkley theme, which I discovered was Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, 2nd movement, thus making classical music accessible? It’d have to be “In the Mood” by Henhouse Five Plus Two, which has led me to the revelation that almost all music can be done as through chickens were squawking. Or maybe the Beatles’ “Tomorrow Never Knows”, which is technically all one chord.
Name a film you can watch again and again without fatigue:
There are several. But to name a few; “Field of Dreams”, “Annie Hall”, the first “Back to the Future” movie, the original (Episode 4) “Star Wars”. I saw “Annie Hall” four times in the theater, which is tied for the record.
Name a performer for whom you suspend all disbelief:
Meryl Streep, Judi Dench, Hilary Swank, Donald Sutherland, Tommy Lee Jones, Ellen Burstyn. I’m sure there are others.
Name a work of art you’d like to live with:
The Scream. There are several copies, and they seem to get stolen a lot, so that could be interesting.
Name a work of fiction which has penetrated your real life:
Don’t read that much fiction, but I’ll pick The Handmaid’s Tale; it felt very real.
Name a punch line that always makes you laugh:
Not so much a punchline, as that whole riff in “The Life of Brian” about the ever-lengthening list of what the Romans had done for the Jews, found here:
They’ve taken everything we had, and not just from us, from our fathers, and from our fathers’ fathers.
And from our fathers’ fathers’ fathers.
And from our fathers’ fathers’ fathers’ fathers.
Yeah. All right, Stan. Don’t labour the point. And what have they ever given us in return?!
Oh. Yeah, yeah. They did give us that. Uh, that’s true. Yeah.
And the sanitation.
Oh, yeah, the sanitation, Reg. Remember what the city used to be like?
Yeah. All right. I’ll grant you the aqueduct and the sanitation are two things that the Romans have done.
And the roads.
Well, yeah. Obviously the roads. I mean, the roads go without saying, don’t they? But apart from the sanitation, the aqueduct, and the roads–
Huh? Heh? Huh…
Yeah, yeah. All right. Fair enough.
And the wine.
Oh, yes. Yeah…
Yeah. Yeah, that’s something we’d really miss, Reg, if the Romans left. Huh.
And it’s safe to walk in the streets at night now, Reg.
Yeah, they certainly know how to keep order. Let’s face it. They’re the only ones who could in a place like this.
Hehh, heh. Heh heh heh heh heh heh heh.
All right, but apart from the sanitation, the medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, a fresh water system, and public health, what have the Romans ever done for us?
Oh. Peace? Shut up!