Another Sunday Stealing meme. This one concerns some of my favorite topics: history, books, movies, and music.
What period of history is your favorite to read about?
“Favorite” may be stretching it, but it’s the period in American history between the end of the Civil War (1865) and the beginning of the Civil Rights era of the mid-20th Century.
Reconstruction included several black legislators; Jim Crow, which largely undid the progress; the “scientific” rationalization of bigotry; the Red Summer of 1919; the civil rights leaders who were ahead of the curve.
What is your favorite genre of fiction?
I like fiction rooted in real events. The only Stephen King book I ever read was 11/22/63.
Do you choose a book by its cover?
Sometimes. Or at least the book jacket. Does this tell me something I didn’t know AND want to find out? Incidentally, it is true: some librarians DO refer to books by their color. “Can you get me that tall green book, please?”
Where do you do most of your reading?
On the sofa, near an end so that I can put one arm up.
Without looking, guess how many books are in your TBR pile. Now, look. Were you right?
Hundreds. Yup, hundreds.
How many movies are on your TBW list?
That’s quite a different calculation. There are tons of movies on various platforms that make the enumeration of the same to be quite impossible. Now, if you’re talking about movies I have on DVD that I have not watched, maybe a half dozen. But I also have lots of unwatched TV episodes and the like.
What’s your favorite genre of movie?
Quite possibly the documentary. Beyond that, comedy.
Do you still go to see movies in the theater?
Yes, but it’s much more difficult. Albany County is currently COVID-red, so my wife is reluctant to go, even though we both got COVID in August.
Moreover, I got out of the routine. When I went regularly, there were a lot of trailers that helped me decide whether or not to see that film in the future. Now, I know there are trailers online, but 1) there are so many that I don’t have the time, and 2) trailers on a computer are not the same dynamically as trailers in a cinema.
BTW, I dislike seeing movies on a computer screen, though I’ve seen several since March 2020. I’m trying to decide if I should get Roku or a newer, larger television set.
You have $10,000 and no strings or obligations for one full day. Where do you go, and what do you do?
Let’s further assume I can’t give it away to a charity, a political campaign, or to random strangers (100 $100 bills; it DOES appeal to me). It can’t be something practical. The one-day limit is a hassle. What I’d LIKE to do is buy out a large theater with at least a 500-person capacity and show a movie that people might want to see on the big screen, such as The Wizard of Oz or Casablanca. But I don’t know if I could pull it off logistically.
How many songs are on your favorite playlist?
About 3,753. I don’t know that I have a favorite playlist. The idea of hearing the same songs more than a dozen times a year is alien to me.
What method do you use to listen to music (Spotify, iTunes, Pandora…)?
I play compact discs. In fact, I’m playing the Psychedelic Soul album by The Temptations as I write this. Before that, I listened to Lyle Lovett, Rebecca Jade, Paul Simon, Tom Petty, Weird Al Yankovic, The Beatles, and Television’s Greatest Hits (TV theme songs).
I do have songs on Amazon, but that’s my fallback position.