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Old 04-02-2006, 09:31 PM   #1
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Break from Nothing

1. What is your favorite film decade and why?
2. What is your favorite play--drama, comedy or musical? (Edit:
May not have made that clear. What is favorite play,
regardless of genre?)
3. Who is your favorite nonsuperstar athlete (You may have
to tell us what sport)?
4. Do you eat mustard or ketchup (or both) on your hot dog?
5. If you could be born to another culture, what would it be?
6. What would cause more suicidal thoughts--listening to
opera or listening to country?
7. What subject did your favorite teacher teach?
8. Do you think mostly in images, words, sounds or other?
9. What astrological sign do you get along with most--whether
you are supposed to or not?
10. Besides U2, what musicians do you listen to the most?
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1. What is your favorite film decade and why? 60s-early Bond, great hitchcock films, steve mcqueen was in the great escape, bullitt, etc.
2. What is your favorite play--drama, comedy or musical? musical
3. Who is your favorite nonsuperstar athlete (You may have
to tell us what sport)? He's a superstar among Cardinals fans but not really outside--Jim Edmonds-baseball-St. Louis Cardinals
4. Do you eat mustard or ketchup (or both) on your hot dog? NO ew
5. If you could be born to another culture, what would it be? German
6. What would cause more suicidal thoughts--listening to
opera or listening to country? tough one...i like both in moderation...hate both in large doses...i guess opera.
7. What subject did your favorite teacher teach? German
8. Do you think mostly in images, words, sounds or other? Images and sounds
9. What astrological sign do you get along with most--whether
you are supposed to or not?
10. Besides U2, what musicians do you listen to the most? John Mellencamp, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Who, The Police

thanks for the questions!
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1. What is your favorite film decade and why?

Probably the 1940s. Subtle and classy movies, for the most part.

2. What is your favorite play--drama, comedy or musical? (Edit:
May not have made that clear. What is favorite play,
regardless of genre?)

I haven't seen that many plays/musicals, but I really enjoy Phantom of the Opera.

3. Who is your favorite nonsuperstar athlete (You may have
to tell us what sport)?

I am not into sports, so I can't answer this one.

4. Do you eat mustard or ketchup (or both) on your hot dog?

Ketchup.

5. If you could be born to another culture, what would it be?

Maybe Russian? I like the language, and the people are passionate and interesting.

6. What would cause more suicidal thoughts--listening to
opera or listening to country?

Listening to country, definitely. Awful stuff.

7. What subject did your favorite teacher teach?

History.

8. Do you think mostly in images, words, sounds or other?

Words.

9. What astrological sign do you get along with most--whether
you are supposed to or not?

Probably Gemini. Most of my closest friends have been Geminis.

10. Besides U2, what musicians do you listen to the most?

Bob Dylan, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Killers, and INXS.
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1. What is your favorite film decade and why?

The 80’s – it memorializes my college years.

2. What is your favorite play--drama, comedy or musical?

Evita (I trust that counts)

3. Who is your favorite nonsuperstar athlete)?

Rodney Peete (former USC Trojan)

4. Do you eat mustard or ketchup (or both) on your hot dog?

Mustard (spicy, not the yellow vinegar stuff)

5. If you could be born to another culture, what would it be?

Hebrew

6. What would cause more suicidal thoughts--listening to opera or listening to country?

Country

7. What subject did your favorite teacher teach?

Social Studies

8. Do you think mostly in images, words, sounds or other?

Images

9. What astrological sign do you get along with most—whether you are supposed to or not?

No idea

10. Besides U2, what musicians do you listen to the most?

Too many to list
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Re: Break from Nothing

1. What is your favorite film decade and why?
the 1910's and 1920's, the beginning. Because there where a lot of experimentation and I love the theatrical, whimsical feeling of those short movies.

2. What is your favorite play--drama, comedy or musical? (Edit:
May not have made that clear. What is favorite play,
regardless of genre?)
Les Luthiers

3. Who is your favorite nonsuperstar athlete (You may have
to tell us what sport)?
I don't pay attention to sports

4. Do you eat mustard or ketchup (or both) on your hot dog?
both, and I like to add smashed chips too.

5. If you could be born to another culture, what would it be?
the japanese, because of its art, or maybe in France, during the Art Noveau era

6. What would cause more suicidal thoughts--listening to
opera or listening to country?
Country

7. What subject did your favorite teacher teach?
Visual Comunication

8. Do you think mostly in images, words, sounds or other?
Images, all my world revolves around images.

9. What astrological sign do you get along with most--whether
you are supposed to or not?
I don't know, I don't care about that

10. Besides U2, what musicians do you listen to the most?
Tool, A perfect Circle, the Smashing Pumpkins, Manu Chao, MetallicA, Nightwish...
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1. What is your favorite film decade and why?
Probably 70's because the debut of "Rocky"


2. What is your favorite play--drama, comedy or musical? (Edit:
May not have made that clear. What is favorite play,
regardless of genre?)
Chess

3. Who is your favorite nonsuperstar athlete (You may have
to tell us what sport)?
Shammond Willimas- UNC Basketball

4. Do you eat mustard or ketchup (or both) on your hot dog?
Both

5. If you could be born to another culture, what would it be?
Ireland or Scotland, I love Braveheart and U2

6. What would cause more suicidal thoughts--listening to
opera or listening to country?
Country

7. What subject did your favorite teacher teach?
Math

8. Do you think mostly in images, words, sounds or other?
Images

9. What astrological sign do you get along with most--whether
you are supposed to or not?
I dont know
10. Besides U2, what musicians do you listen to the most?
Radiohead, Wilco, Doves, Hope of the States, Band of Horses, Pink Floyd, Flaming Lips, etc......
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2. What is your favorite play--drama, comedy or musical?
Chess

Excellent - I got the Original Sountrack recording when it first came out. Never had the chance to see it on stage.
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Re: Break from Nothing

1-I guess it would be the 90's. When the mainstream had to get better to truly compete with the independents.
2-I dunno. Maybe West Side Story or The Music Man
3-Eduardo Najera (Denver Nuggets)
4-Mustard
5-Maybe Japanese culture, aside fron Anglo Europeans
6-Country
7-Civics
8-Music
9-Have no idea
10-Pearl Jam, I guess
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Thanks BonosSaint for this thread, I don't know if you saw my request for a thread of this type a few days back but I think we're long overdue for a breather around here. I'd actually drafted one of my own just in case, but this is way better--my questions were too hard!

1. What is your favorite film decade and why?
Probably the '70s, which I'm sure is in reality based more on nostalgia than anything else--even though I was too young to see more than a few of the big ones at the time! I like it because of the (quintessentially '70s) schizophrenic mix of genre schlock and bloated, self-important blockbusters--Star Wars, blaxploitation, cult horror, Saturday Night Fever, Rocky--side-by-side with all these alienated, moody classics like Taxi Driver, All the President's Men, Apocalypse Now, Annie Hall, Kramer vs. Kramer and The Godfather. Some great things happening in German cinema at the time too, though I didn't become aware of those until much later.
2. What is your favorite play--drama, comedy or musical? I suppose Hamlet, just because it's the one play I never seem to tire of seeing new adaptations of. I really like a lot of Irish playwrights for some reason--Beckett, Synge, Wilde and Friel are probably my favorites there ("yolland" is a character in Friel's Translations, which I started using as on online name for ironic reasons when I was the lone Anglophone contributor to a now-defunct blog on minority-language politics a few years back--this will make total sense if you know that play, but isn't really interesting enough to bother explaining otherwise).
3. Who is your favorite nonsuperstar athlete (You may have to tell us what sport)?
Well to distance runners like me they *are*, or at least were, superstars--but since most people couldn't care less about distance running, I'll name two great marathoners I admire equally, Alberto Salazar and Paula Radcliffe.
4. Do you eat mustard or ketchup (or both) on your hot dog?We didn't have kosher hot dogs where I grew up so I've never developed the nostalgia for this food most Americans have, however when I do have one, it's always with the bitiest, grainiest mustard I can find, and maybe a dash of onions. Ketchup and pickle relish are abominations to be avoided, I feel.
5. If you could be born to another culture, what would it be?Greek, I guess. I'm biased there though, because my mother is Greek and also we went there for our honeymoon. Gorgeous country, incredibly vibrant people, very witty, true survivors.
6. What would cause more suicidal thoughts--listening to opera or listening to country?
Depends on whose opera or which country singers you're talking about! Most contemporary country music is not anything I'd survive being locked up in a room with for too long--on the other hand, I wouldn't recommend delving into Wagner if you're struggling with clinical depression, either.
7. What subject did your favorite teacher teach?
American literature, which was taught by a wonderful woman (who I'm still in touch with) at the yeshiva I attended for my last two years of high school after we moved from Mississippi to Brooklyn. I had crushingly low self-esteem about my academic potential at the time because I'd just transferred from one of the most underfunded, noncompetitive school systems in the country to one of the most well-off, cutthroat ones--and it showed. More than any other, this teacher worked tirelessly to convince me that I could still be a great student, with the aid of lots of diligence from me (and even more patience from her) in order to make up lost ground. She also encouraged me to draw on the familiarity and love I already had for Southern literature as a starting point for many of my papers and projects, which for that time and place was a very unusual thing to do.
8. Do you think mostly in images, words, sounds or other?
A mixture of images and words. I'm utterly hopeless when it comes to oral learning--it's pretty much in one ear and out the other for me if I can't see it. Except for music--I have a very long memory for melodies.
9. What astrological sign do you get along with most--whether
you are supposed to or not?

No idea. I'm not sure I could even name all 12 signs to be honest.
10. Besides U2, what musicians do you listen to the most?
Tom Waits, Lou Reed/VU, Ali Farka Toure, Mississippi John Hurt and Prince.
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1. Favorite film decade: The Seventies. The movies were different. They felt original. High school and college years so I got to see a lot of movies. Some of the ones Yolland mentioned: Taxi Driver, Annie Hall (my friend and I were extras: $25, a boxed lunch and getting directed by Woody Allen before he got creepy good times.) Godfather I and II, McCabe and Mrs. Miller, Dog Day Afternoon, Last Tango in Paris, Scarecrow. Mean Streets, The Conversation, John Cassavetes films. The early days of the careers of so many talented writers, directors, actors. I think we lived in the movie theaters then. The early seventies were a great time to be young and living in New York. You saw everything. It was no big deal to run into Robert DeNiro at Subways.

2. Favorite play: Equus, Jesus Christ Superstar.

3. Favorite nonsuperstar athlete: Jesse Orosco (NY Mets) and
Dennis Bonvie (AHL)

4. Hot dog: Definitely mustard. The yellow, vinegary kind

5. Different culture: Russian--what wonderful arts

6. Suicidal thoughts: Definitely opera. Although listening to country makes me want to hurt other people.

7. Favorite teacher: taught Problems of Democracy.

8. Thoughts: Images and nonverbal sounds. The challenge then is to translate them into words. I'm not always successful. I soak up everything, but too much gets locked inside because I cannot always articulate the images and their dynamic. (Perversely, I learn best by oral teaching and listening to language. It's easy for me to translate back to images and sounds. And I have absolutely no talent for remembering long pieces of music.)

9. Astrological sign: I seem to get along best with Geminis,
Scorpios.

10. Other musicians: Neil Young, Stephen Stills, Pearl Jam,
Dylan and the Mamas and the Papas.

And, nope, Yolland. Didn't see your request. So you still have to post yours. I'm curious about your questions.
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1. What is your favorite film decade and why?
50's Movies like Rear Window were so cool
2. What is your favorite play--drama, comedy or musical? (Edit:
May not have made that clear. What is favorite play,
regardless of genre?)
Fame,Phantom Of The Opera,Les Miserables
3. Who is your favorite nonsuperstar athlete (You may have
to tell us what sport)?
Dont have any thats non.
4. Do you eat mustard or ketchup (or both) on your hot dog?
Mustard
5. If you could be born to another culture, what would it be?
Russian,French or Italian
6. What would cause more suicidal thoughts--listening to
opera or listening to country?
Country for sure!

7. What subject did your favorite teacher teach?
Reading~~~I read some wonderful classics in the 7th&8th gradeand History
8. Do you think mostly in images, words, sounds or other?
All of them
9. What astrological sign do you get along with most--whether
you are supposed to or not?
Leo,which my husband is.I think sometimes we could kill one another,but he is my soul-mate.
10. Besides U2, what musicians do you listen to the most?
Oasis,Syd Barrett,Pink Floyd,Blur,Coldplay,and what ever else I fancy at the moment.:P
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[QUOTE]Originally posted by BonosSaint

1. What is your favorite film decade and why?

i'm going to preface my post by saying that i'm going to offer more than one answer to many of these questions ... so, to begin, the 1970s as well as the early 1990s. the 1970s for the reasons that everyone has given, and this seemed to be the time when the director was king after the decline in the studio system in the late 1960s, that movies were seen as the products of auteurs and were to be taken seriously, and yet you had the rise of the blockbuster -- Jaws, Star Wars -- that reminded us that, yes, movies can be art, but they can also be dynamite entertainment and open our eyes to a more fantastical realm of imagination and wonder, and i don't think anyone has done the blockbuster better than Lucas and Spielberg at their peaks.

as for the early 1990s, this seemed to be a period when American independent cinema was growing in stature and cultural weight -- much of it a reaction to the grotesque studio films of the late 1980s -- and brought about the resurgence in art house cinemas as well as the explosion of film festivals in virtually every moderate-to-larged sized city in the country.

2. What is favorite play, regardless of genre?

well, i was certainly floored by Angels in America, and i've always liked how mind-bending Beckett can be at his best, but there's really no getting around Hamlet as perhaps the most important text in all of Western Literature. it's exploration of human psychology feels almost otherworldly. i fell in love with it in high school, used to memorize passages about it on my own, and the play has only deepened as i've gotten older.


3. Who is your favorite nonsuperstar athlete (You may have
to tell us what sport)?


hard to know what we mean by superstar ... everyone's heard of Michael Phelps, Ian Thorpe, and Greg Lougains, but i don't think they might qualify as superstars. from that group, i'd have to say Lougains because his life was so unbearably tragic in so many different ways, yet he's perservered, and i'll never forget getting to stay up late to watch the finals of the 10m platform in 1988 where he had to beat the 14 year old Chinese diver on the last dive and he did, proving that grace and experience can trump youth and talent.


4. Do you eat mustard or ketchup (or both) on your hot dog?

spicy, fancy-pants mustard.

5. If you could be born to another culture, what would it be?

Scandinavia, probably Swedish or Danish.

6. What would cause more suicidal thoughts--listening to opera or listening to country?

the BF has introduced me to a world of actually good country music, and i like opera, so my suicidal thoughts would flow from the sadness of the music itslef, not being forced to listen to a particularly painful genre.

so, Opera.

7. What subject did your favorite teacher teach?

English 365, Nabokov and Pynchon

8. Do you think mostly in images, words, sounds or other?

images, then sounds.

9. What astrological sign do you get along with most--whether you are supposed to or not?

no clue. don't pay much attention.

10. Besides U2, what musicians do you listen to the most?


too many to list, but these days am listening to lots of Arcade Fire, Brazilian Girls, Emmylou Harris, Talking Heads, The Flaming Lips, The Innocence Mission, and Joan Armatrading
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1. What is your favorite film decade and why? late 70's/early 80's-
original Star Wars episodes, Indiana Jones, lots of comedies

2. What is your favorite play--drama, comedy or musical? (Edit:
May not have made that clear. What is favorite play,
regardless of genre?) comedy

3. Who is your favorite nonsuperstar athlete (You may have
to tell us what sport)? Not into spectator sports that much.

4. Do you eat mustard or ketchup (or both) on your hot dog? Don't eat hot dogs - have been a vegetarian for over half of my life.

5. If you could be born to another culture, what would it be? Italian or French

6. What would cause more suicidal thoughts--listening to
opera or listening to country? 100%, Definitely, without a doubt - country music.

7. What subject did your favorite teacher teach? Spanish.
8. Do you think mostly in images, words, sounds or other? Mostly images, but I know a lot of info (words, etc.) must be stored alphabetically.

9. What astrological sign do you get along with most--whether
you are supposed to or not? Aries & Gemini

10. Besides U2, what musicians do you listen to the most? Depends on what mood I'm in. Some are Green Day, Coldplay, Pink Floyd, Beatles, the Verve/ Richard Ashcroft, Bruce Springsteen, Jeff Buckley, Stones, Radiohead, The Who..........
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1. What is your favorite film decade and why?
1980s for Back to the Future. 1990s for so many great Leslie Neilsen/ZAZ films.

4. Do you eat mustard or ketchup (or both) on your hot dog?
A lot of both.

5. If you could be born to another culture, what would it be?
Italian - strong cappuccino and good food.

6. What would cause more suicidal thoughts--listening to
opera or listening to country?
I've never officially had a "suicidal thought" from listening to either, but if I had to pick one, I'd say country. It's meant to be depressing.

7. What subject did your favorite teacher teach?
History.

8. Do you think mostly in images, words, sounds or other?
Images.

10. Besides U2, what musicians do you listen to the most?
Lately, a lot of Counting Crows.
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