Not Forever But Just for Now
May. 31st, 2006
May. 30th, 2006
May. 15th, 2006
10:04 pm - KB Comments on L/V
From her eonline interview, http://www.eonline.com/Insider/Boards/a
( Some slight spoilers from KB, with comments on L/VCollapse )
May. 12th, 2006
So I've decided what bothers me most about so many posts on TWoP is the idea that I can't be both smart and be a fan of a show that has some flaws. I like to think of myself as intelligent. If it were my mission to prove that intelligence, I could write and write and write about what's wrong with VM. It surely had plenty of flaws (in BOTH seasons). Some I saw, and lots more I could dig up if that was my mission.
But it's not. And it's not that I always have to mindlessly watch TV. I'm actually critical of lots of TV shows. My wife doesn't like to watch Lost with me because I won't stop criticizing. But I'd never tell someone not to love Lost if that's the show they love.
And I love VM. Like no TV show I've even encountered. As a very wise friend wrote to me recently, I love Logan and Veronica together or separate, and I love Keith and Veronica and their relationship, and I love the story of Neptune. I want to watch it unfold. I'll analyze what has happened and why and what's going to happen, and even what pieces I think are more or less compelling. But I'm not going to rip it apart, because, well, I'm just not because that would suck the joy out of something I love. Why would I want to do that? At this point, bad episodes aren't going to make me stop watching the show, they'll just make me more eager for the next time, when I'll get a better story about these characters I love.
I love other things irrationally. The Pittsburgh Steelers. There is no intelligent, rational explanation for the fact that I have to hide behind the couch during close Steelers' games because I'm so nervous. It's crazy. And I love it. If I didn't have the ability to turn off rational thought and just feel that tension, I wouldn't have had the feeling I had when they won the Super Bowl. Crazy, irrational, ridiculous? Sure. But if you deny yourself that crazy stuff, then you're seriously missing out.
Even my wife. I can tell you ALL the things I like about her. But I don't know why I love her. I just do, and honestly I'd rather not analyze it. That cheapens it.
You can tell me it's just a TV show, and I'm nuts. Maybe. Or I'm a sappy romantic. Probably. But VM is one of those things for me. I'll analyze it with intelligent people all day long. But I'm not going to rip it apart. It's insulting for someone to imply that's because they see deeper than I do, or to say they're "happy that at least some people are missing all the flaws." Or that this means I don't have appreciation for great literature. You want to analyze Gravity's Rainbow with me? Let's go. I've just decided that life is better if there are certain things you can just love without tearing them down every time it's possible AND if you don't have any preconceived notions about what those things are allowed to be. You just feel it.
May. 11th, 2006
11:30 am - I ALMOST called it
Since I was the one (I think) who started the "Beaver was born a girl" stuff on TWoP, I had to post this.
From the "What's Alan Watching" blog. http://sepinwall.blogspot.com/2006/05/v
Alan Sepinwall said...
Donboy, originally Beaver was going to be a hermaphrodite (hence the nickname), but Rob thought better of it.
Plus I love it when non-shippers see the L/V stuff I do, so I know I'm not just imagining things. He said:
And speaking of Logan, even though I'm not a 'shipper, those were some big hunks and hunks of burning love going on between Veronica and Logan in the last 10 minutes, and they felt well-earned.
May. 3rd, 2006
09:00 am - Cloud Watchers
On May 9, CW will stand for something entirely different: Cloud Watchers.
Look to the skies.
Especially if you live in Los Angeles.
Jan. 29th, 2006
09:29 am - Random Thought of the Day
The only thing ironic about the Alanis Morissette song Ironic is that nothing in the song is even remotely ironic.
Jan. 28th, 2006
12:28 pm - My Ten Favorite Books
Keeping with the list geek theme, here are my 10 favorite (fiction) books of all time.
1. Waterland -- Graham Swift
2. Catch 22 -- Joesph Heller
3. The Things They Carried -- Tim O'Brien
4. A Prayer for Owen Meany -- John Irving
5. Lolita -- Vladimir Nabokov
6. Skipped Parts -- Tim Sandlin
7. The Unbearable Lightness of Being -- Milan Kundera
8. The World According to Garp -- John Irving
9. The Music of Chance -- Paul Auster
10. Underworld -- Don DeLillo
Jan. 27th, 2006
08:10 pm - Albums of the Year
So, in 1982, when I was 12 years old, I started to get into music. Yeah, Yeah, I'm old. Started with a Violent Femmes concert in the parking lot of a local college. Singing along to Kiss Off and drinking my first beer and I was hooked.
Being a list geek, my reaction to my music obsession was to start choosing an album of the year every year. Sometimes 2. I've done it every year from 1982 - 2004. 2005 is not selected yet -- I usually wait until the middle of the following year to get some perspective. So, here's my list.
1982 - Violent Femmes (Self-Titled)
1983 - REM: Murmur
1984 - The Smiths: Hatful of Hollow
1985 - The Replacements: Tim
1986 - REM: Life's Rich Pageant
1987 - 10,000 Maniacs: In My Tribe
1988 - Camper Van Beethoven: My Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart
1989 - Pixies: Doolitle & De La Soul: 3 Feet High and Rising
1990 - Poi Dog Pondering: Wishing Like a Moutain and Thinking Like the Sea
1991 - Uncle Tupelo: Still Feel Gone
1992 - REM: Automatic for the People
1993 - Uncle Tupelo: Anodyne
1994 - Spearhead: Home
1995 - Son Volt: Trace
1996 - Wilco: Being There
1997 - Whiskeytown: Stranger's Almanac & Old 97's: Too Far to Care
1998 - Lucinda Williams: Car Wheels on a Gravel Road
1999 - Wilco: Summerteeth
2000 - Slobberbone: Everything You Thought Was Right Was Wrong Today & Ryan Adams: Heartbreaker
2001 - Drive by Truckers: Southern Rock Opera & The Shins: Oh Inverted World
2002 - Rilo Kiley: The Execution of All Things
2003 - Kings of Leon: Youth and Young Manhood
2004 - Modest Mouse: Good News for People Who Love Bad News
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