badatapologies: (you fill me with inertia)
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Well, let's see. February 14. Emperor Norton was born on February 14th, so claims Wikipedia. That seems more than fitting. Driven to a massive mental breakdown by failure, poverty and homelessness, surviving only by panache, mad genius, and staggering delusions of grandeur. I should start issuing decrees and get it over with. Nina Hamnett, the eccentric bisexual Welsh writer, artist and "Queen of Bohemia"...that's a lot to live up to, but I'm working on it. Somebody get me a picket fence. Nivelle de la Chaussée, a French writer who combined comedy and tragedy to the bewilderment and irritation of many. Jack Benny, who I love--though I might be a bit more indebted to Fred Allen, confidentially. Thelma Ritter, sassy character actress who came to fame at age 45--so, maybe there's still time. Jimmy Hoffa, head of the Teamsters--hey, I was a Teamster at one time. Hoffa disappeared without a trace, an option that grows more appealing with each passing hour. Esteemed newscaster Hugh Downs...I have a box of his neckties somewhere and I sleep on one of his pillows, long story which I've told you at least ten times. Tim Buckley, a talented, unstable, self-absorbed singer-songwriter who managed to squander his talent, alienate his fan base and blow every chance he got. Hm. Teller, who knew when to keep his mouth shut. And Simon Pegg, who I list because I adore him and not out of any obvious similarities, though we've both spent an unseemly of time worrying about the starship Enterprise.

Draw your own conclusions. That's all I've got. Send cake.
badatapologies: (blonde venus)
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No question. Disco Stu. I love Disco Stu. Best throwaway joke-turned-recurring character ever. Runners-up: Sideshow Bob and Professor John I.Q. Nerdelbaum Frink, Jr.

The Simpsons is one of those things that's been around so long it's easy to take for granted and easy to criticize. And I regularly do both when the subject comes up, because I strongly prefer the early seasons (with actual character development) to the rote Homer-gets-his-penis-stuck-in-a-park-bench-which-somehow-leads-to-a-zany-cameo-by-Jude-Law episodes we see more often these days. Lisa in particular used to get heartbreakingly great episodes, but it's way more Homer's-buffoonery-focused now. And still, we should be grateful for it because it's the best thing on--it has a strong claim to being the best TV show ever made and certainly the best long-running one. Sorry, Gunsmoke.

Which reminds me. I miss Life In Hell. Does Groening even draw that anymore? If so, who carries it? Where can I find it?
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This is a tough one for me, given my history. I guess what I usually do is try to split the difference and just ask for inaccurate directions.
badatapologies: (suzi quatro color)
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Big Star - Big Star's Third/Sister Lovers
The Smiths - The Queen Is Dead
Neutral Milk Hotel - In The Aeroplane Over The Sea
Beach Boys - Pet Sounds
Bert Jansch - S/T
Echo and The Bunnymen - Ocean Rain
David Bowie - Hunky Dory
Van Morrison - Astral Weeks
Sparks - Angst In My Pants
John Coltrane - Giant Steps
Mary Margaret O'Hara - Miss America
The Jetzons - S/T
Fiona Apple - Extraordinary Machine
Donny Hathaway - Live
Elvis Costello - Imperial Bedroom
U2 - Boy
Judee Sill - S/T
Chet Baker - Chet Baker Sings
Husker Du - Warehouse
Willie Nelson - Red Headed Stranger
Jeffrey Gaines - S/T
Olivia Newton John (and company) - Xanadu soundtrack
Gentlemen Afterdark - S/T (1984)
Stevie Wonder - Songs In The Key Of Life
Aimee Mann - I'm With Stupid
Raspberries - Fresh
Otis Redding - Otis Blue
Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Phantom Of The Paradise soundtrack
The Beatles - Revolver
Suzi Quatro - S/T
Bob Mould - Workbook
Elliot Smith - XO
Osmonds - The Plan
Joe Jackson - Night and Day
Sam Phillips - Martinis and Bikinis
Hedwig and the Angry Inch soundtrack
Kate Bush - Hounds Of Love
Jimmy Scott - The Source
Neil Young - After The Gold Rush
The Dickies - Dawn Of The Dickies
k. d. lang - Absolute Torch and Twang
The Psychedelic Furs - Mirror Moves
K-TEL's Believe In Music

...and any Johnnie Ray, Roy Orbison, Buddy Holly, Sam Cooke, Mills Brothers, Laverne Baker compilation you've got. And a bunch of other, more credible hipster stuff I'm forgetting. And some newer stuff. I don't know, Fonzworth Bentley or something. We have iPods now, it should be your top 10 gigabytes. I need a nap.
badatapologies: (Archy)
Well, it's that time again. Time to put answers to the most pressing questions of our time, as submitted by the Livejournal Writer's Block apocalyptic suicide cult. Keep your testicles on, boys, it's only a meteor.

once more with detachment! )
badatapologies: (blonde venus)
Periodically, noted American minx [ profile] mcbrennan answers pertinent, cutting edge questions from the befuddled hive mind, helping to cut through the fog of 21st century living and tell it like it is. Also, sometimes she writes about herself in the third person.

now is the winter of our dis content )


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