Monday, November 27, 2006

Can't post--writing.

I turned in my big term paper for American Lit. 1865-1900. Now I am taking a brief study break from my film & lit. paper. I really like the topic--how music conveys character in the film Magnolia and the novel High Fidelity--but I am having a little writer's block.

So that's all I can post. Back to it . . .


At 12:05 AM, Blogger CoachDub posited...

12:04 am update -- Writer's block cured a couple of hours ago. Now I am packing it in for the night, and I will have no problem finishing my paper in the morning.

Thank you for your concern.

At 9:19 AM, Anonymous Carson posited...

Wow, what a great topic for a paper.

I have always been in awe of how Aimee Mann's music was used in Magnolia. The "Wise Up" scene is one of my all-time favorite movie moments. All the characters singing the same song at the tipping point of their storyline.

And High Fidelity has long been a favorite of mine. I usually love any movie featuring John Cusack (Grosse Pointe Blank being my favorite).

"What came first, the music or the misery? People worry about kids playing with guns, or watching violent videos, that some sort of culture of violence will take them over. Nobody worries about kids listening to thousands, literally thousands of songs about heartbreak, rejection, pain, misery and loss. Did I listen to pop music because I was miserable? Or was I miserable because I listened to pop music?" Best John Cusack line ever.

At 12:36 PM, Blogger CoachDub posited...

Yeah, that Magnolia scene is my favorite too.
And though I am writing about the novel High Fidelity rather than the movie, that line comes straight out of the text, and indeed it appears in my paper!

At 2:48 PM, Blogger Rianna posited...

This is completely off topic, but I wanted to thank you for making us read the Great Gatsby. I recently had to write a paper on it for Freshman English. Had I not taken your class and read the Great Gatsby then, I would have had no clue what my paper was aruging. Not that it was a stellar peice of literary genious, but it mad sense, which is something new for my literary analysis papers. Thank you!

At 3:16 PM, Anonymous Carson posited...

Yeah, props to Nick Hornsby, I really enjoyed the book. But it took Cusack saying much of the dialogue for it to really sink in (in my case).

This is one of the few cases where I enjoyed the film more than the book.

Maybe it was because I first saw the movie my first year of college while my roommate/best friend was going through a really painful breakup. He was a musician and would just sit in our room playing sad bastard music on his acoustic guitar all day.


Second favorite scene from Magnolia- When the interviewer asks T.J. Mackey "What are you doing?" and he responds, "I'm quietly judging you."


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