Sunday, December 23, 2007

My Soundtrack

If I'm going to speculate about who I want to play me in a movie, I might as well continue the fiction and provide the soundtrack. Here, then, in no particular order, is My Soundtrack: all the songs listed below were very important to me at some point in my life. I narrowed the list as much as I could, and had to drop many good candidates.

Losing My Religion - R.E.M.
1979 - Smashing Pumpkins
Somewhere Over the Rainbow - Israel Kamakawiwo'ole
Thunder Road - Bruce Springsteen
Home for a Rest - Spirit of the West
What's My Age Again? - Blink 18
Message in a Bottle - The Police
Closer to Fine - Indigo Girls
Bad - U2
The Old Apartment - Barenaked Ladies
Solsbury Hill - Peter Gabriel
Black - Pearl Jam
Let's Get It On - Marvin Gaye
Welcome to the Jungle - Guns N Roses
Lauryn Hill - Can't Take My Eyes Of You
Hey, You - Pink Floyd
London Calling - The Clash
No Woman, No Cry - Bob Marley
Jesus of Suburbia - Green Day
What's the Matter Here? - 10,000 Maniacs
Suedehead - Morrissey
Master of Puppets - Metallica

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Casting Call

This is one of those entirely self-indulgent and nonsensical posts, but I was wondering who I would want to play me in a movie. Instead of focusing on actors who look like me or maybe have similar mannerisms, I picked actors who I enjoy, are close to me in age, and who I think in various ways represent my personality.

The candidates to play me are:

Zach Braff

Why? He can likely portray my nerdiness while still being funny. Plus, his star is on the rise, so he would be a big box office draw.

John Cusack

Why? With The Sure Thing, Better Off Dead, and the classic Say Anything, John Cusack has already played me, or played a version of myself, just as he's no doubt played versions of countless other men who grew up in the 80s. And this was before he did High Fidelity, and anyone who was the lead in that movie would definitely nail the part of me.

Joaquin Phoenix

Why? The sleeper pick of the bunch, Phoenix brings intangibles and an intensity to his craft that few other actors can match. Plus, he's already shown that he can pull off the biopic role.

Who would you choose to play yourself in a movie?

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill

Heart-Shaped Box is a horror novel about an aging rock star who buys a ghost on the Internet.

I don't read that much horror or dark fantasy, but, I have to say, I was struck by how fresh and inventive Heart-Shaped Box felt. The book was fast-paced and combined a creepy realism with just the right amount of traditional absurd horror tropes. Gothic elements and strong themes of redemption and the road further helped lift the book from set genre trappings.

Highly recommended.

Friday, December 07, 2007


I've posted very little to this blog in the past six months. This has not been due to a lack of ideas, but a failure on my part of follow through. That said, while I haven't and likely won't post anything about any of these topics, I want to at least post about what I would have written about, had I more time, ambition, talent, and will.

So, in the spirit of almost posts and ungestated threads, here is my "Unposted" list for 2007:

Darwin Martin House - I had planned to write something about a visit my wife and I made earlier in the year to the (Frank Lloyd Wright) Darwin Martin House, currently under restoration in Buffalo, NY. Since I didn't, you can learn more about this major renovation effort here.

Paring Down - I have too many books and was going to post about the frightening prospect and process of paring down. Though I wasn't successful in writing about this, I have made progress in paring down my books, mostly through donations and ebay sales.

Siriusly - When we bought our GTI, we recieved a free three month trial of Sirius satellite radio. I was going to talk about the service and why it wasn't for us.

Three Days of Rain - Early in the year, we went to the theater and saw Three Days of Rain (a play by Richard Greenberg). I was going to comment on the play, but have long since forgotten what I was going to say.

Technorati Blog Post - I had planned to say something about Ravenweb's ranking on Technorati.

New Yahoo! Mail - As a Yahoo! mail user, I was going to write about Yahoo's updated webmail, and how I thought it was a kick-ass application.

Superhero Movies List - Not that the world needs any more of these, but I was considering making a list of superhero movies, and calling out the best of the bunch (Spider-Man 2) and the duds (Superman Returns).