December 22nd, 2003
bdar has transmitted The Interview Meme.
Rules are as follows: You comment on this entry requesting an interview. I respond with five questions. The questions will theoretically be tailored to you based on what I know of you (or want to know). You copy and paste those questions into your own journal, and write the answers, along with these rules. Anyone wanting an interview from you continues the game by requesting an interview from you.
Five Questions From Bilal
1) Name five musical acts from any point in the last 100 years that you would like to see or wish you had seen perform live.
1) Nirvana. From when they were touring behind "In Utero" in late '93, one one of the nights when Kurt was clean and everything was right with the world.
2) The Velvet Underground. The most influential American band ever. Preferably from the time when Nico was still with them, meaning it would have been circa 1966, I think.
3) Enrico Caruso. The man most responsible for the rise of recorded music worldwide. I'd like to see what the fuss was about in his own time.
4) Arturo Toscanini conducting the NBC Orchestra on Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. Circa 1950. My dad had it on tape, I bought it for him on CD, and it always, always gives me goosebumps. Toscanini was the best conductor ever, and the NBC Orchestra was the musical equivalent of an All-Star team: the top musicians from the top orchestras in the world.
5) (The first four came very quickly. This one took thinking--in fact, I did the rest of it and came back to this.) Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. Preferably doing some of their older material, but really, it's all terrific.
2) In your opinion, what is the single most odious social ill facing the world population?
The fact that there is so damn much world population. The way I see it, we're all already living on top of each other and as population rises, that's only going to get worse. Couple with that the ongoing opposition on so many (primarily religious1) fronts to birth control education and things will continue to sprial downward.
3) What occupation, professional or otherwise, would you most like to have?
The easier, perhaps more obvious, choice is newspaper film critic, because I see so damn much and I have opinions on it all. However, writing is akin to childbirth for me (incredibly painful and difficult and something I need a lot of time to recover from before I can attempt it again), so I'd have to say...
Film director. Someone with a mid-line career--perhaps not someone's favorite director, but someone whose work is respected both inside the industry2 and by the moviegoer who knows a little something. The name I keep thinking of for comparison is Curtis Hanson, but maybe with a giant stoopid summer action movie thrown in for good measure. Maybe a slightly less precious Tim Burton. Someone like that--especially if I can get an appearance on Conan O'Brien out of it.
4) You would most like to know the answer to which currently unsolved mystery before you die?
Why did Delight become Delirium?
5) What word or words do you believe are most likely to be used when others are asked to describe you?
Big. Loud. Smart. Nice. Curmudgeon. Sad.3 Crazy.
That was fun.
1 Ask me at some point about the secret evil of Mother Teresa (if you don't already know).
2 "Don't say 'the industry', Donald."
3 "Sad" both in the sense of there being a sadness to me, and as a description of the way my life has gone.
|Date:||December 22nd, 2003 01:24 pm (UTC)|| |
I don't often use "curmudgeon," but for some reason I'm making a mental note to try and do so from here on out.
Throw some back at me.
1) To what degree does where you actually are right now correspond to where the you of five years ago you thought you'd be in late December 2003? The you of ten years ago?
2) Choose a movie you think is good-not-great and tell me how you'd doctor the script to improve it.
3) Pick three words you think are used to describe you that you like, three you think are used that you don't like, and three you'd like to replace that second set with.
4) What would it surprise me to discover that you take small joy in? Great joy?
5) If you were the world's librarian, what one book would you make everybody on the planet read?
|Date:||December 22nd, 2003 01:26 pm (UTC)|| |
By the way, I didn't realize superscripts were possible, or I would have been using them as footnotes more often. Is there an HTML tag for this?
Yeah, I saw it used somewhere recently so I looked it up (I Googled html tag list and found one
). The tag is [sup][/sup] (using, of course, the proper bracketing).
|Date:||December 22nd, 2003 01:27 pm (UTC)|| |
And is the secret evil of Mother Teresa her Catholic inability to suggest birth control even among the impoverished people who she devoted her time to--and who perhaps could have benefited from such a suggestion?
Yeah, you pretty much hit it on the head, there. Christopher Hitchens
has written (in Vanity Fair, among others) a lot about this topic.
|Date:||December 22nd, 2003 06:03 pm (UTC)|| |
I'll have to look back through the series to see if there is any actual evidence to corroborate this, but for some reason I had always thought that Delight became Delirium because she couldn't handle the loss of her closest sibling when Destruction left their realm for ours. I'll get back to you when I know for sure, but that's what I always thought.
geeky as ever,
Nope. I checked while I was at work--she's shown as already being Delirium when Destruction makes his announcement.
1) What movie role of the past ten years would you have liked to have played (at your current age), and thought that you could have played well?
2) What has surprised you the most about your move to LA?
3) What would it surprise me to discover that you take small joy in? Great joy?
4) Have you ever had a customer give really positive feedback about you not to you, but to your supervisor?
5) Complete this sentence: "I'll know I've made it when..."
|Date:||December 27th, 2003 05:56 pm (UTC)|| |
Re: Me me me me me.
Odd. I came up with these Thursday night, posted them, found a minor error in one, deleted the first posting and made the correction and I thought I'd reposted, but apparently I hadn't. Huh. If any of the wordings are different, now you know why.
1) To what degree does the way your life is going correspond to what you expected the first day you set foot on the campus of Valparaiso University? Can you think of another decision that has affected your life as much or more than the choice of Valpo?
2) Speaking of those halcyon days, do you ever look back on the 1995 Christ College production "Beyond the Bullet" and think, "OH MY GOD, HOW DID I EVER LET MY NAME BE ATTACHED TO SUCH AN UNRELETING PIECE OF CRAP!?!" Where the problems with the production a result of the limitations and guidelines we were forced to work with, or was there some other basis for them?
3) Choose three people you've fallen out of contact with over the past 5-10 years and come up with a question to ask them. ("How ya been?" doesn't count.)
4) Has there been an occassion during a ComedySportz show where something has gotten significantly more laughs than you expected? What happened there?
5) When it comes time to make the movie of your first novel, who directs it? What cast would you like to see attached? Can I be Juror #6