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Thursday, June 10, 2010

14 Items of Varying Importance



  1. It's "Oy vey". Not "Oi veigh". Not "Oy Vay". Not "Oi Vaee", nor any other unholy combination thereof.
  2. Shiny is something. Shinny isn't, unless you're aware of someone with freakishly out-sized shins (please take picture.)
  3. It's "über". If you can't stomach umlauts (bad summer with the Crüe?) then you may write "uber". "Ober", no. "Oober", no for the love of berliners, no (unless you are TAMN.)
  4. Speaking of, Der Himmel über Berlin is still as beautiful today as it was in 1988. And it will make you want to throat-punch Nic Cage and Meg Ryan for starring in City of Angels. Well, throat-punch them more.
  5. Half of you will be bored if you really decide to watch Der Himmel über Berlin, the other half will cry and fall in love. You already know which group you fall into.
  6. Alan Thicke from Growing Pains is hawking diabetes supplies on TV. His on-screen qualification is "Famous Television Dad."
  7. Know who else was a famous television dad? Frank Costanza. I'm not buying anything from either of them, except for a manzier of course.
  8. Manziers all around.
  9. Someone let a mancold in here.
  10. That someone will be summarily fired.
  11. Currently reading the archives of Andy's We Are Luck. We Are Fate. I vote that he harbors an unreasonable love of Christopher Hitchens. Andy, defend yourself.
  12. Also currently reading: East of Eden, Memoirs From Antproof Case, and Eugenides' short story in the New Yorker.
  13. I have a bit of a thing for masculine-driven fiction lately.
  14. The drive to Logan takes 1.5 hours. The drive home takes 2.5. Explain.

30 comments:

Andy said...

In Hitchens' defense, I find the combination of militant atheism and staunch moralism to be absolutely fascinating.

And anybody as clever as that ol' lush deserves our attention.

Thanks for the shout-out. Much obliged.

HEY EVERYBODY READ MY STUFF BECAUSE I WANT THE VALIDATION OKAY COOL THANKS

Andy said...

I should've also added that everyone should watch Der Himmel über Berlin, as well as anything else Wim Wenders has ever made.

I'll write something, like, super masculine for you. In advance: you're welcome.

Morgan Moore said...

I love East of Eden- it's one of my all time favorite books. I'm still determined to name a baby Cal.

Azúcar said...

My favorite Steinbeck up to this point has been Winter of Our Discontent. I can't wait to see where they rank against each other.

Andy said...

I'm a Tortilla Flat guy, myself.

Andrea said...

Loved "Memoir from an Antproof Case," and in fact, most of what Mark Helprin has written. You should really check out the trilogy he did with Chris Van Allsburg -- "Swan Lake," "Veil of Snows," and "A City in Winter." Amazing.

Adriel & Tierra Wakefield said...

I loved East of Eden. This reminds me to read it again.

rookie cookie said...

Oy vey. I feel really great because I have been spelling it right all along.

BTW, I would like to request a post from you. An analysis of Lady Gaga.

La Yen said...

Winter and Eden are totally different--I love them both, but differently. What is really interesting is comparing them to Grapes of Wrath, because they both tie in so well--one with the theme and one with the novel as an allegory from start to finish. And after that, read To a God Unknown--no one ever reads that Steinbeck and it will blow your mindgrapes. I will discuss with you anytime.

Thank you for letting me use my degree once a year.

ali said...

Thank you for numbers 1,2, and 3-- can you tell your readers about "viola" as well? You know, as opposed to "wa-la?"

Yes it does happen, and my readership isn't nearly as large as yours so I feel that you'd have more success.

Kelly said...

Thanks for your ultimate wisdom. I feel so enlightened!

The Rookie said...

Oh, how I loved East of Eden. I seem to recall finishing it and going grocery shopping afterward with tears blurring my vision as I selected tomatoes. I also spent a day returning to the final paragraph of the last chapter (not epilogue) of Cold Mountain recently. If you're into masculine-driven and haven't picked that one up, do so.

And while we're at it: for the love of all that is good and holy it is "definitely" NOT "defiantly" NOT "definately". That is all.

davis@dontdodumbthings.com said...

The Eugenides story. I don't know. Are those parents believable? They don't really seem believable to me. Maybe there are parents like that, I guess, but I don't really know any of them, so it's kind of hard for me to buy. . .

Azúcar said...

Which parents? Leonard's divorcing parents or Madeleine's father?

davis@dontdodumbthings.com said...

Whoopsy. I was thinking of the Jonathan Franzen one, about the teenage jock who gets raped.

The Eugenides one was pretty great. I hated Leonard, but good story.

Azúcar said...

Alright, those parents.

It's curious that both parents would act that way, you'd think that one would have been less oblivious. That being said, I do know parents like that; I can see that being their reaction in the face of those social obstacles--especially for the time period. Ick.

Kacy said...

Frank Costanza would make a believable spokesperson for Kashi.

kami @ no biggie said...

¡Oy to the Vey! ¡Ole!

ps. don't expect me to follow any of your rules, I love "Waa-Laa!" too much.

Beeswax said...

I'm also reading masculine fiction. I'm liking John Le Carre's Tailor of Panama right now. And I love Memoir From Antproof Case. My other favorite Helprin is Freddy and Fredericka. My library doesn't have A Winter's Tale, so I'm gonna have to buy it.

And I don't think there has ever been any worse acting than Nic Cage in that movie. Which is really saying something when Keanu Reeves is still out there making stinky films. oy vey.

Azúcar said...

Ali, I've tried with voila, and I don't think people care, which is tragic and unnerving.

Voila or voilà.

Not wah-la, wah-lah, wa-la, waa-laa, or any other offensive combination of the letter "w", a hyphen, and some sort of "l" and "a" thrown in for good measure.

Azúcar said...

Oh, Kami, and those aren't my rules; they're the rules of literacy.

the emily said...

Can I also say that "loose" means something is too big, and "lose" means something is lost? Why can't people get that straight?

the emily said...

Oh, and "To a God Unknown" is really good, but East of Eden takes it any day.

Anne-Marie said...

I love you C.

Alan Thicke is also a spokesperson for some timeshare in Vegas. I think when you are a washed up TV Dad you are burgeoned to a life of endorsements & infomercials.

caroline said...

Shinny (noun) = game of pick-up hockey, in Canada at least. I'm pretty sure the people using the word "shinny" (putting shinny candlesticks on their dinning room tables, for example) aren't referring to shins or to hockey.

Also unholy: taking a "peak" at something. For the love.

I started reading the Eugenides story but began sweating anxiously by the end of the first page, what with all the talk about semiotics. Unresolved grad school trauma. Plus, SYTYCD was about to start.

Andy said...

Don't dare besmirch the name of Canada's Alan Thicke.

"I don't want to play the 'I'm Alan Thicke' card, but..."

Annette Lyon said...

I proudly used "uber" in my last book, even though one woman in my critique group refused to believe it was a word.

christian@dontdodumbthings.com said...

Famous Television Dad. Nothing wrong with that. Just the other night I bought a Sauna Belt (you wear it on your belly and it sweats the fat away and gives you an 8 pack) endorsed by Dick Van Patten and T.C. from Magnum P.I.

If they say it works, it must work.

Stepper the Mighty said...

shinny - a hockey thing, yes. It's also the word for the awkward climb up a tree.

Seriously.

You don't shimmy up a tree. You shimmy to beat. You shinny up a tree.

And yes - to do with the shins.

But I submit that we can all just CLIMB the tree like normal people. Just so long as it gets done. Because sitting in a tree is more fun than it should be.

kiki said...

I might love "In weiter Ferne, so nah" even more. I definitely love the U2 song written for the movie more than any other U2 song. Hmm...I need to watch those movies some time soon.