Sunday, December 14, 2014

73) Peep Show

Everyone has a favorite British Comedy, I think. This is one of the smartest shows I've ever seen. The ego and the inner voice of truth. I can relate to this, this is what the Big Bang Theory should be, smart but dark.

72) Richard the III

There is this thing about Shakespeare and high art. Much Ado is the play I've seen the most but Richard the Third is the belle of the ball. There is a schemer, a plotter. He is a villain.

“And therefore, — since I cannot prove a lover,
To entertain these fair well-spoken days, —
I am determined to prove a villain,
And hate the idle pleasures of these days.”

Note I've never seen Sir Olivier's version of Richard the III, as the Richard III in my imagination while reading the play is perhaps better than anyone else performance.  On a side note, Johnny Rotten says that part of act in the Pistols, was taken form Oliviers Richard III.

73) the crying of lot 49

“She couldn’t stop watching his eyes. They were bright black, surrounded by an incredible network of lines, like a laboratory maze for studying intelligence in tears. They seemed to know what she wanted, even if she didn’t.”
― Thomas Pynchon, The Crying of Lot 49

This is one of those books, you read and suddenly realize, books can be cool, not in that reading is cool but holy fuck i want to hang out with book and go see rock shows. What is this book about, well, read it.

74) Easy E

Here is the thing about Easy E, he is not my favorite hip hop artist musically, but as an Idea, I love the concept of him. The music he made is offensive and depending on your sensitivity to political correctness, just plain wrong. Yes, that freedom to be loud, that is what was required then.  

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

75) The Fidelity Wars

this is my favorite break up album. Meaning that i listened to obsessively for a such a fixed time that I'm not sure if its true anymore. But if you ask what does breaking up feels like, its this. Hefner is acquired taste, I've never met another person to know of this band, with the exception of the girl I broke up with when i first played it.

76) El Chavo del Ocho

Iconic as it is, this show is part of my childhood. Growing up in the United States I had a foot in both my own culture and the American one. This show is about a homeless boy who lives in a barrel. Note I tell this to people familiar with the show, that I remember that Chavo tells someone that he is actually not homeless but is in fact from apartment Eight. No one believes me.

77) So Far From God

Anna Castillo was the first Latino author that made me want to be that fun, and amazingly gifted. She is the bar that I one day hope to match or exceed, and as an English major whose read Joyce, Proust, Twain ect ect it was a relief to find something that spoke to me.
On a side note I was lucky to be given a copy of The Mixquiahuala Letters, another novel of hers that can be read differently depending on your personality. That is a book that women lend out from friend to friend.

“But what had really happened, unfortunately, as ideal as it started out to be, was not that they had succeeded in becoming one, but that they had become neither.” 
― Ana Castillo, So Far from God

Saturday, September 20, 2014

78) Scooby Doo

There is just something about this show that translates well over time. The harlem globe trotters  and bat man for god sakes were guests. i have also seen the live action ones, this show will not die. Note I have no problem with scrappy do, because I was a kid then and accept him for all his miserable failure.

79) Pilot precise V7

There are better Japanese pens. I find that people who love thier pens or care what they use know and love this pen. Especially the V7 for me. When I first started to develop an art style this pen was my work horse I would write prose and the pen felt like it would leak out ideas and because of its not so fine point i used it in all my art.  I never go without, The Pilot G-5s are okay but nothing compares to the V series.

80) Reality Bites

Ben Stiller had become an influence at this point in my life and I went to see this as a kid, it would be the first movie I would serial watch after summer school. You me and $5 dollars was a philosophy to me.

81) The Ben Stiller show

This was the kind of show that was ahead of its time. I won an emmy for best writing the year it was canceled. I became a Ben Stiller fan, this show had Ben Stiller, Andy Dick, Janeane Garofalo and Bob Odenkirk. As writers it would have Judd Apatow and David Cross. Even as a kid I knew this show was smart, it influenced me

82) Henry Wienhart Root Beers

My college roommates introduced this to me. I in turn introduce to anyone who will listen. are you listening? It is smooth....

Saturday, January 18, 2014

83) Jimmy Carter

I was born under the Carter Administration, and from what I understand is that this perhaps was one of the most honorable men to be leader of the free world. Clinton was the first president I ever voted for and I think of him fondly but Carter is the honest man who was painted in history as loser one timer. When instead besides LB. Johnson was one of the most successful presidents to push through legislation. I felt people didn't want an honest man as their president, they wanted fantasy, because reality was too depressing.