Tuesday, July 06, 2004
1. Fred Astaire or Gene Kelly? Neither.
2. The Great Gatsby or The Sun Also Rises? The Great Gatsby, because I've read it.
3. Count Basie or Duke Ellington? Count Basie, as a populist, though I know Duke Ellington's meant to be better.
4. Cats or dogs? Cats all the way.
5. Matisse or Picasso? Picasso.
6. Yeats or Eliot? Yeats.
7. Buster Keaton or Charlie Chaplin? Buster Keaton, for everything.
8. Flannery O’Connor or John Updike? Don't know.
9. To Have and Have Not or Casablanca? Haven't seen either.
10. Jackson Pollock or Willem de Kooning? Willem de Kooning.
11. The Who or the Stones? The Stones.
12. Philip Larkin or Sylvia Plath? Larkin.
13. Trollope or Dickens? Dickens, but not a big fan of either.
14. Billie Holiday or Ella Fitzgerald? Billie Holiday.
15. Dostoyevsky or Tolstoy? I've read more Dostoyevsky, but I'm more impressed by the little Tolstoy I have read.
16. The Moviegoer or The End of the Affair? The End of the Affair, for a film.
17. George Balanchine or Martha Graham? Who?
18. Hot dogs or hamburgers? Vegetarian hotdogs.
19. Letterman or Leno? Lenin.
20. Wilco or Cat Power? Cat Power (to Chris - they're both recent lofi American artists).
21. Verdi or Wagner? Wagner, since my dad blasted him at me for years.
22. Grace Kelly or Marilyn Monroe? 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? Who?
27. Vermeer or Rembrandt? Indifferent.
28. Tchaikovsky or Chopin? Tchaikovsky.
29. Red wine or white? Red.
30. Noël Coward or Oscar Wilde? Oscar Wilde.
31. Grosse Pointe Blank or High Fidelity? High Fidelity, or so people keep telling me. Haven't seen/read either.
32. Shostakovich or Prokofiev? Prokofiev.
33. Mikhail Baryshnikov or Rudolf Nureyev? Don't know.
34. Constable or Turner? Turner.
35. The Searchers or Rio Bravo? Don't know.
36. Comedy or tragedy? Tragedy, because I haven't reached true profundity yet.
37. Fall or spring? Fall, to be American about it.
38. Manet or Monet? Manet.
39. The Sopranos or The Simpsons? The Simpsons - the best thing ever to hit a TV screen (along with Blackadder).
40. Rodgers and Hart or Gershwin and Gershwin? Rodgers & Hammerstein.
41. Joseph Conrad or Henry James? I've only read small amounts of either. The Turn Of The Screw pissed me off intensely, so it'll have to be Conrad.
42. Sunset or sunrise? Sunset.
43. Johnny Mercer or Cole Porter? Cole Porter.
44. Mac or PC? PCs. Never used a Mac.
45. New York or Los Angeles? NY.
46. Partisan Review or Horizon? Don't know.
47. Stax or Motown? Motown.
48. Van Gogh or Gauguin? Van Gogh, but only because I don't really know any Gauguin.
49. Steely Dan or Elvis Costello? Costello (for Oliver's Army)
50. Reading a blog or reading a magazine? Blog.
51. John Gielgud or Laurence Olivier? Gielgud.
52. Only the Lonely or Songs for Swingin’ Lovers? Only The Lonely.
53. Chinatown or Bonnie and Clyde? Dunno.
54. Ghost World or Election? Ghost World.
55. Minimalism or conceptual art? Dunno.
56. Daffy Duck or Bugs Bunny? Bugs Bunny, though Daffy's great in the early cartoons when he was insane and kissed everyone.
57. Modernism or postmodernism? Dunno.
58. Batman or Spider-Man? Spiderman.
59. Emmylou Harris or Lucinda Williams? Harris.
60. Johnson or Boswell? Dunno.
61. Jane Austen or Virginia Woolf? Austen. Woolf's often unreadable.
62. The Honeymooners or The Dick Van Dyke Show? Dunno
63. An Eames chair or a Noguchi table? Dunno
64. Out of the Past or Double Indemnity? Dunno
65. The Marriage of Figaro or Don Giovanni? Figaro, because I know it.
66. Blue or green? Grue.
67. A Midsummer Night’s Dream or As You Like It? As You Like It, though I wouldn't go for either from Shakespeare's plays.
68. Ballet or opera? Ballet, but I'm uncultured and don't really like either.
69. Film or live theater? Film. Can give myself in to isolation better.
70. Acoustic or electric? Acoustic.
71. North by Northwest or Vertigo? Vertigo.
72. Sargent or Whistler? Dunno
73. V.S. Naipaul or Milan Kundera? Kundera.
74. The Music Man or Oklahoma? Oklahoma.
75. Sushi, yes or no? It makes a change every once in a while.
76. The New Yorker under Ross or Shawn? Dunno.
77. Tennessee Williams or Edward Albee? Williams all the way. He's great.
78. The Portrait of a Lady or The Wings of the Dove? Portrait of A Lady.
79. Paul Taylor or Merce Cunningham? Dunno
80. Frank Lloyd Wright or Mies van der Rohe? Dunno
81. Diana Krall or Norah Jones? Dunno
82. Watercolor or pastel? Watercolour.
83. Bus or subway? Bus (but see previous post).
84. Stravinsky or Schoenberg? Dunno.
85. Crunchy or smooth peanut butter? Smooth, but neither preferably.
86. Willa Cather or Theodore Dreiser? Dunno
87. Schubert or Mozart? Schubert.
88. The Fifties or the Twenties? Twenties.
89. Huckleberry Finn or Moby-Dick? Huck Finn.
90. Thomas Mann or James Joyce? Mann, because I've read some of him.
91. Lester Young or Coleman Hawkins? both are beautiful, but I'll go for Young. (jazz musicians, Chris).
92. Emily Dickinson or Walt Whitman? Dickinson.
93. Abraham Lincoln or Winston Churchill? Lincoln.
94. Liz Phair or Aimee Mann? I think I'm meant to like Mann, but I don't know.
95. Italian or French cooking? Italian.
96. Bach on piano or harpsichord? Piano.
97. Anchovies, yes or no? No.
98. Short novels or long ones? Long, but only if I have a long time.
99. Swing or bebop? Swing.
100. "The Last Judgment" or "The Last Supper"? The Last Supper.
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