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A little less than a happy high
Diversions for a troubled mind.
People do this altogether too often, and I've done it before. Still, I'm going to ask again otherwise I'll just end up reading the entirety of Frank Herbert's Dune series and then start in on David Wingrove's Chung Kuo. While both are great, neither paints a particularly rosy picture of humanity. I may even watch The Battle of Algiers. And stuff. At any rate, Zül commands that you choose any or all of the following and recommend something for me.

a) book, fiction
b) book, non-fiction
c) movie
d) musical artist
e) visual artist
f) drink
g) foodstuff
h) wildcard/user's choice

I'll be most grateful, and Zül will not smite thee.
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cinemama From: cinemama Date: November 19th, 2004 10:11 am (UTC) (Link)
The Amazing Adventures of Kavelier and Clay, The Double Life of Veronique, Hangar One Lime Vodka, and the New Yorker.

If you haven't done any of these, do it NOW.

komos From: komos Date: November 22nd, 2004 03:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
All together, it could be one hell of an evening.

And yes, my life is very exiting... why do you ask?

email me?
From: uruz Date: November 19th, 2004 10:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Books are for smart people.

c) Gangs of New York. it's on the brain and I need to rent it again.
d) Nightwish! Orchestrated metal from Finland for the win!
f) I've been digging Newcastle Brown Ale lately.
g) don't ask me, I've been eating ramen lately
h) Don't touch my kidney basket, you kidney thief!
transcribe From: transcribe Date: November 19th, 2004 10:54 am (UTC) (Link)
amen on Gangs of New York. it got a pretty bad rap. i can't abide leo or cameron, but liam neeson's coat and Day-Lewis are magnetic. i adore those film for those two reasons. and the visuals. and the titles. not for the ending.
emzebel From: emzebel Date: November 19th, 2004 10:18 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, I do not know you that well, so I will just list some of my personal faves:

China Mievelle - King Rat; David Wojnarowicz - Close to the Knives; Lone Star or Matewan (both by John Sayles); Firewater; David Wojnaworwicz; I've been in a Boddington's Ale mood of late; squash broiled with butter and brown sugar and topped with freshly grated parmegan; The Nation
inahandbasket From: inahandbasket Date: November 19th, 2004 10:40 am (UTC) (Link)
argh! I took too long to type mine and you snuck China Mieville past me!

Have you read his other stuff? I really though King Rat was the weakest of his books...
inahandbasket From: inahandbasket Date: November 19th, 2004 10:38 am (UTC) (Link)
there is no inahandbasket, only ZUL!!!

a) Perdido Street Station, China Mieville (here), and any of his other stuff. (king rat is his weakest, don't start with that.)

b) Man, I read so little non-fiction offline... oo! Last Chance to See, Douglas Adams.

c) No idea what you've seen, so I'll list a few.
-Delicatesen (french, crazy movie)
-Donnie Darko (very good coming-of-age type thing with a twist)
-Hudson Hawk (bad Bruce Willis comedy. I love it.) (here)
-Delicatessen and City of Lost Children (Delicatessen isn't on DVD in the states yet, both french movies. Earlier, edgier stuff from the guys who did Amelie.)

d) again, no idea your taste here, so I'll give a selection.
-Django Reinhardt (Gypsy guitar, phenomenal)
-Aphex Twin (edgy electronica, soundtrack to Pi)
-Gomez (british garage band/experimental rock. I'll have to burn you a copy of the CD i have, some of their stuff sucks but this album is sweet. I can't find it on Amazon, was a promo copy sent to my radio station in college.)
-Franz Ferdinand (pop rock but done well, perfect for the early aughts.)

e) I browse very little visual art, sadly. Can't help you here.

f) Bawls. The ultimate energy drink. If you ever need to not sleep for a few hours, find one of these little blue bottles and drink it. (Tastes good too!)
I'd recommend a beer, but you're already more knowledgable in that realm than I am. Although I had a really good double wheat the other day. I'll try to locate the bottle in my pile of brew stuff.

g) Licorice. Good licorice, from that little euro-store in harvard square.

h) The Canon Digital Rebel D300, because I'm freakin obsessed with it lately.
Oh! you meant media. heh.
www.boingboing.net, the source of much amusement in a day's time for me. Also has an LJ feed, http://www.livejournal.com/userinfo.bml?user=boingboing_net

hope I was helpful! or at least amusing!
inahandbasket From: inahandbasket Date: November 19th, 2004 10:42 am (UTC) (Link)
I appear to have listed Delicatessen twice, once before I looked it up, and once after. ^_^
Replace the first instance of it with a TV show, Mythbusters on the discovery channel. Very worth watching. (Did I just advocate a TV show? the world is ending!)
From: dsgood Date: November 19th, 2004 10:49 am (UTC) (Link)
Fiction: Naomi Kritzer, Fires of the Faithful
L. Sprague De Camp, Lest Darkness Fall

Take a look at this one; I suspect it will be either very much to your taste or very much not: Susanna Clarke, Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell
transcribe From: transcribe Date: November 19th, 2004 10:50 am (UTC) (Link)

okay, but recommend back...

a) 'The Monkey's Mask' Dorothy Porter (via cinemama), poetry: 'The City in Which I Love You', or 'Book of My Nights', by Li-Young Lee. 'Molloy', Samuel Beckett.
b) 'The Way of the Warrior' Chogyam Trungpa
c) 'The Long Day Closes', dir. Terence Davies. one of my all time favorites. 'Heaven' dir. T. Tykwer. ditto.
d) castanets, piano magic, the arcade fire, colder, polyphonic spree, the national, rachels, xiu xiu
e) haven't paid close enough attention for a long time, as not much has remotely interested me. i suspect that's changing though. political strife does that. i always love Katharina Fritsch though.
f) hangar 1 kaffir lime vodka, sparkling wine: argyle tirage (butterscotch and toast). perfect for the season.
g)cocao cardona
h) shoes: dansko. okay, more wine: alsatian white, oregon pinot noir, Aussie shiraz-- Henry's Drive. don't overlook dessert wines. i know sweet isn't your thing, but good examples are sip-ful divinity... sauternes... mmmm.

transcribe From: transcribe Date: November 19th, 2004 10:51 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: okay, but recommend back...

oops... cocao cardona is cheese. =)
mudguts From: mudguts Date: November 19th, 2004 11:05 am (UTC) (Link)
a) book, fiction
electra assassin, frank miller

b) book, non-fiction
geronimo, geronimo

c) movie
schizopolis, steven soderberg

d) musical artist
iggy fuckin pop

e) visual artist
fat ram

f) drink
that bottle of jagermeister i left on purpose at your house

g) foodstuff
grilled cheese and green pepper sandwich

h) wildcard/user's choice
go to the studio

komos From: komos Date: November 22nd, 2004 03:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
I thought you abandoned the jager for fear of further hangover?

Zul is pleased.
jawalter From: jawalter Date: November 19th, 2004 11:36 am (UTC) (Link)


None of these are really obscure, but they've all been on my mind for one reason or another lately. So basically, this list is more about me than it is about you. Life is hard that way.

a) Anything by Nabokov. I'm reading Ada, or Ardor right now, and boy howdy, is it a mouthful.

b) I've just read a book about vanilla and a book about baseball on Cape Cod, but I'm going to recommend one that I'm still impressed by: Moneyball, by Michael Lewis. Yes, it is a book about baseball, but no, it's not really about baseball. It's about human behavior ... the baseball is just the framework within which that behavior is examined.

c) The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. I bought this a while ago, but I haven't been able to watch it because I'm surrounded by philistines.

d) William Shatner. Pe-fucking-riod.

e) Frank Miller or Alan Moore. I don't know if this is exactly what you mean, but I've been reading a pantsload of graphic novels lately, and I remember you reading League of Extraordinary Gentlemen in Maine. Sin City is really cool, and Watchmen is brilliant!

f) Booooooze. Any more specific suggestion I could make would just be redundant.

g) I've had a weird craving for mushrooms lately, but I can't figure out why.

h) How to Have Sex Like a Porn Star by Jenna Jameson. She's a (duh) porn star, and I kind of want to read this book (for non-salacious reasons ... partly), but I'm too ashamed to buy it because it probably sucks.
laughingwoman From: laughingwoman Date: December 2nd, 2004 06:33 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Stuff

ada, or ardor was simply divine. what did you think of it?

also, if you can get your hands on ennio moricone's box set, it's quite the listen.
cris From: cris Date: November 19th, 2004 11:49 am (UTC) (Link)
a) Elizabeth McCracken - The Giant's House

b) Bill Bryson - A Short History of Nearly Everything

c) you've seen The Incredibles already, yes?

d) an old roommate just turned me onto The Futureheads. If you're into that Interpol/Franz Ferdinand/Killers vein of indie rock, they're well worth checking out.

e) File magazine

f) late autumn New England is totally Burdick's Hot Chocolate season

g) currently, I'm contemplating cooking up this braised chicken with a lemongrass sambal sauce from the Simply Ming cookbook. The online archive hasn't posted that recipe yet, but his recipe for a 5 Spice Chile Rub can be applied to lamb and beef stews to awesome effect.
bootsvalentine From: bootsvalentine Date: November 19th, 2004 01:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
a) How can you beat something that won a Pulitzer and references Redbones? Or anything by Haruki Murakami or Isabel Allende
b) I recommend listened to anything by Bill Bryson on tape, read by the author. Someone else mentioned Short History of Nearly Everything. I'm reading it now and it's diverting, but not as hilarious as some of his travelogues.
c)Trekkies 2, but mostly for the music (d) and Freaks and Geeks
e) Paula Rego, particularly the Girl and Dog series.
h) your childhood teddy bear/aminal
From: pipibluestockin Date: November 19th, 2004 03:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
David Wingrove *shudder* that is so not good for a delicate state of mind. There is a reason I had to throw out that series before I finished reading it.

Will suggest laughter as the best medicine.

May I suggest the Goon Show? You can get recordings of this old radio show on CD now.

However, if you would prefer to read your way out of the blues and like Sci-Fi... I suggest Lois McMaster Bujold as an author worth investigating.

That or go exploring non-fiction books for a tasty read for a while.
clayrobeson From: clayrobeson Date: November 19th, 2004 06:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
a) book, fiction
The Hiram Key*

b) book, non-fiction
Second Messiah

c) movie
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

d) musical artist
Natasha Atlas

e) visual artist
me, duh...

f) drink
Pomegranite Juice

g) foodstuff
Bing Cherry Pie (no reference to agoodshinkickin's vagina intended)

h) wildcard/user's choice
Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Frappucinno or however the fuck you spell that.
prosicated From: prosicated Date: November 20th, 2004 03:55 am (UTC) (Link)
a) Dhalgren, Samuel R. Delany; The Screwtape Letters, C.S. Lewis; or If On a Winter's Night a Traveller, Italo Calvino
b) A Natural History of the Senses, Diane Ackerman; And There Was Light, Jacques Lusseyran; The Image of the City, Kevin Lynch
c) The Trouble with Harry; Beetlejuice
d) Crooked Still
e) Jamal Elias (go see his photos at the Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center, really, and the textile show upstairs, even though I can't remember the artist's name); Paul Stopforth (artist in residence at Nelson Mandela's former prison); Egon Schiele (my personal obsession d'annee)
f) Orchid oolong tea, "fish eye" water, steeped 1.5 minutes
g) Clementine oranges (organic, but necessarily out of the big crate)
h) A very long walk around sunset or sunrise
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