Perils of assimilation

If only life came with subtitles.

Friday, June 16, 2006


Let Sheila explain it to you:

I have never read Joyce but she has me convinced I need to pick it up.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Fuck This

I'm fired from my job in all but name. Why? I don't know. I haven't been put on the schedule for weeks, and the last time I was on the schedule, Kris replaced me with Kate, and Didn't bother to tell me about it. So I show up at work at SIX AM and Kate is already there. I haven't done anything wrong, I've worked at GJ longer that everyone else, It can't be an age thing, because I'm older than Quite a few People. IT's asinine. I don't make enough money to be treted like this. Would it kill them to let me work for the next two moths before college?

Friday, June 09, 2006


But crazy funny...

The Importance of Being an English Geek

You know you're an English geek when:
Spelling and grammar mistakes drive you mad
You buy books just for the sake of owning them
You talk about Poetry and symbolism with your friends

Cady and I unsuccessfully tried to convince Robert and Adam of the absolute fabulousness of poetry yesterday. Even when we brought up 'To His Coy Mistress' and 'The Word Plum,' they were adamant. They're just clueless.

I Bought 'The Magnificent Ambersons' Wednesday. I still have a huge reading list, but I compulsively accumulate literature.

Monday, June 05, 2006

The Onion

As someone living in proximity to UW-whitewater, I found this supremely amusing:

Friday, June 02, 2006

1. Fred Astaire or Gene Kelly? Fred Astaire
2. The Great Gatsby or The Sun Also Rises? Great Gatsby
3. Count Basie or Duke Ellington? Duke Ellington
4. Cats or dogs? Cats
5. Matisse or Picasso? Picasso
6. Yeats or Eliot? Yeats.
7. Buster Keaton or Charlie Chaplin? Chaplain. Can't beat that little tramp
8. Flannery O’Connor or John Updike? Flannery O'Connor
9. To Have and Have Not or Casablanca? Casablanca
10. Jackson Pollock or Willem de Kooning? Jackson Pollock
11. The Who or the Stones? The Who. dad always played them when he was washing dishes
12. Philip Larkin or Sylvia Plath? Sylvia Plath.
13. Trollope or Dickens? Due to my devotion to 'The way We live Now" I'll say Trollope. I like Dickens, But the God-awful "Old Curiosity shop" lost him the vote.
14. Billie Holiday or Ella Fitzgerald? Billie Holiday
15. Dostoyevsky or Tolstoy? I've only ever read "Anna Karenina"so... Tolstoy
16. The Moviegoer or The End of the Affair? No idea.
17. George Balanchine or Martha Graham? can I get Back to you on that?
18. Hot dogs or hamburgers? Hamburgers. No contest
19. Letterman or Leno? Letterman
20. Wilco or Cat Power? Wilco.
21. Verdi or Wagner? Verdi
22. Grace Kelly or Marilyn Monroe? Marilyn Monroe
23. Bill Monroe or Johnny Cash? Johnny Cash
24. Kingsley or Martin Amis? Neither
25. Robert Mitchum or Marlon Brando? Brando
26. Mark Morris or Twyla Tharp? Twyla Tharp
27. Vermeer or Rembrandt? Vermeer. The light in his paintings is divine
28. Tchaikovsky or Chopin? Chopin.
29. Red wine or white? White?
30. Noël Coward or Oscar Wilde? No, Don't Make me Choose!!! I love them both! okay, Noel Coward.
31. Grosse Pointe Blank or High Fidelity? I've never seen either
32. Shostakovich or Prokofiev? shostakovitch.
33. Mikhail Baryshnikov or Rudolf Nureyev? Nureyev.
34. Constable or Turner? No clue.
35. The Searchers or Rio Bravo? I hate Westerns
36. Comedy or tragedy? Tragedy
37. Fall or spring?Spring
38. Manet or Monet? Monet.
39. The Sopranos or The Simpsons? Simpsons.
40. Rodgers and Hart or Gershwin and Gershwin? Gershwin Bros.
41. Joseph Conrad or Henry James? Conrad
42. Sunset or sunrise? Sunset
43. Johnny Mercer or Cole Porter? I'll go with Cole Porter
44. Mac or PC? Mac all the way.
45. New York or Los Angeles? New York
46. Partisan Review or Horizon? uh...
47. Stax or Motown? I have no idea.
48. Van Gogh or Gauguin? Van Gogh.
49. Steely Dan or Elvis Costello? Elvis Costello
50. Reading a blog or reading a magazine? Magazine
51. John Gielgud or Laurence Olivier? Olivier.
52. Only the Lonely or Songs for Swingin’ Lovers? huh?
53. Chinatown or Bonnie and Clyde? Bonnie and Clyde
54. Ghost World or Election? I don't know
55. Minimalism or conceptual art? conceptual art
56. Daffy Duck or Bugs Bunny? Bugs.
57. Modernism or postmodernism? Modernism
58. Batman or Spider-Man? Spiderman.
59. Emmylou Harris or Lucinda Williams? Emmylou Harris.
60. Johnson or Boswell? Johnson
61. Jane Austen or Virginia Woolf? My Darling Jane, how I love thee.
62. The Honeymooners or The Dick Van Dyke Show? The Honeymooners.
63. An Eames chair or a Noguchi table? No clue.
64. Out of the Past or Double Indemnity? Haven't seen either
65. The Marriage of Figaro or Don Giovanni? Figaro
66. Blue or green? Green
67. A Midsummer Night’s Dream or As You Like It? Midsummers
68. Ballet or opera? Ballet
69. Film or live theater?Theatre
70. Acoustic or electric? acoustic
71. North by Northwest or Vertigo? North by Northwest.
72. Sargent or Whistler? Sargent
73. V.S. Naipaul or Milan Kundera? no comment
74. The Music Man or Oklahoma? Oh dear lord, their both god-awful. Oklahoma
75. Sushi, yes or no? yes
76. The New Yorker under Ross or Shawn?I don't read the New Yorker
77. Tennessee Williams or Edward Albee? Tennessee Williams
78. The Portrait of a Lady or The Wings of the Dove? the wings of a dove
79. Paul Taylor or Merce Cunningham? No clue
80. Frank Lloyd Wright or Mies van der Rohe? Wright
81. Diana Krall or Norah Jones? Norah Jones
82. Watercolor or pastel? watercolor
83. Bus or subway? I've never taken either. Their hard to find in rural Wisconsin
84. Stravinsky or Schoenberg?Stravinsky
85. Crunchy or smooth peanut butter? crunchy.
86. Willa Cather or Theodore Dreiser? I've only read Sister Carrie and I hated It.
87. Schubert or Mozart? Mozart
88. The Fifties or the Twenties? Twenties
89. Huckleberry Finn or Moby-Dick? Neither
90. Thomas Mann or James Joyce? THOMAS MANN
91. Lester Young or Coleman Hawkins? Huh?
92. Emily Dickinson or Walt Whitman? Whitman.
93. Abraham Lincoln or Winston Churchill? Abraham Lincoln.
94. Liz Phair or Aimee Mann? Aimee Mann
95. Italian or French cooking? Italian
96. Bach on piano or harpsichord? Harpsichord
97. Anchovies, yes or no? no
98. Short novels or long ones? Long ones
99. Swing or bebop? Swing
100. "The Last Judgment" or "The Last Supper"? The last supper

MY own blog...

Today was the last day for seniors. I'm not sure what I should be feeling. Nostalgia? Dismay? Ecstacy? good riddance either way.
Not that I don't like learning, I just hate going to school, having to put up with all the damn bullshit. I didn't mind seeing my friends, at least when they bothered to be nice to me. I don't want to see those bitches ever again.

Now to explain the title of my blog... I took it from the Preface of the Collected Stories of Thomas Mann (Absolutely brilliant writer) when the preface author is discussing "The Blood of the Walsungs," the brother and sister reject the pressures of being assimilated into society and turn to each other. disturbing but brilliant. Mann describes the torture of a artists soul so articulatly, sublimely...

Ever Heard of the Jewish Reggae artist Matisyahu? the beats are so damn (cliche-alert) infectious. I just want to get up and dnce like a maniac.