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Charles
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posted 08 June 2001 04:11 PM      Profile for Charles   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
A 20 year dream of mine is about to be realized when John Irving will do a reading in Halifax and I may get to meet him. I now understand what it's like for a little girl to meet the Backstreet Boys or whoever's the big thing now. It led me to think - I never in a million years thought I'd get to meet Irving; I used to wonder what I'd say to the man who is responsible for me becoming a writer and who very much changed my life. Who else would make me feel like this to meet them? What other cultural icons changed the way I looked at certain genres?

Literature: John Irving
Theatre: David Mamet
Music: Orchestral Manoeuvers in the Dark
Film: (in front of the camera) Kevin Spacey
Film: (behind the camera) D.A. Pennebaker
Politics: James Carville
TV: No one I care enough to meet

Who changed the way you look at various cultural genres? Who would you kill to meet in each?


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audra trower williams
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posted 13 June 2001 06:53 PM      Profile for audra trower williams   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Literature: Joyce Carol Oates (I sometimes call her J.CO)
Theatre: Christopher Durang
Music: Kristin Hersh (I did get to interview her once on the phone)
Film: (in front of the camera) Lily Tomlin.
Film: (behind the camera) Sarah Jacobson?
Politics: Hrm. I'm not sure. There are people I admire, but I don't get swoony about it.
TV: Yeah, I dunno.

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skdadl
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posted 14 June 2001 09:55 AM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
First, I have to tell you, Charles: I did meet John Irving, once, briefly, at a publication party here about ten years ago. With two wine glasses in my hands, I was trying to negotiate my way past a woman with her back to me who was waving her arms about dangerously and anticipating my attempts to shift past her by shifting in the same direction at the same time. A man just beyond her noticed my plight, began to chuckle, and very gently guided her to one side -- it took a little doing, and both he and I were doubled up by the time he succeeded. He could obviously tell I recognized him, but an exchange of conspiratorial winks and grins seemed about right, and enough. I watched him, though, now and again over the next couple of hours, and decided he is just an all-round good guy. Do enjoy your meeting with him.

I would love to meet Gore Vidal; I would also probably be dumbstruck, but I would love to tell him how much I admire him. Ditto John Updike.

In front of the camera: Alec Guinness -- a meeting no longer possible. And Audra inspires me with Lily Tomlin.

Music: Stan Rogers -- och, but he's gone too.

Politics: I've already met auntie.com -- but Maude Barlow and Buzz Hargrove: I'm ready!

Otherwise, I keep coming up with dead people -- more of a comment on my protected life now than on bright young creators.


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Cosmorific
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posted 14 June 2001 10:25 AM      Profile for Cosmorific        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Literature: John Irving
Theatre: Sam Shepard. Even if it's only to thank him for writing A Lie of the Mind.
Music: Oh crap. I dunno. Frederica von Stade?
Film: (in front of the camera) Frances McDormand.
Film: (behind the camera) Steven Soderbergh, a/k/a the Actors' Director.
Politics: Ann Richards, because she rocks. Also because she capped on Dubya's daddy.
TV: Allison Janney, a/k/a C.J., a/k/a the Queen of Wednesday Night.

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DrConway
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posted 15 December 2001 03:21 PM      Profile for DrConway     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Speaking of cultural icons....

(Or maybe just bad pop culture)


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clersal
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posted 15 December 2001 05:00 PM      Profile for clersal     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Janet Evanovich.
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skdadl
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posted 15 December 2001 05:47 PM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Dr C, that guy is having nightmares out of the 1950s. Me too, when I find the Jerry Lewises, Elvis and Liberace switching jackets, and especially "the pseudo-human, Joan Crawford" -- look! at those eyebrows!!

Marilyn was always sweet.

clersal, who is Janet Evanovich?


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bandit
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posted 15 December 2001 06:52 PM      Profile for bandit     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Music:Jello Biafra who turned me into a radical when I read an article on him in Grade seven in a metal magazine.I was so pissed when a I found out he was doing a spoken word gig at mowhawk college just on the day he was set to appear.

T.V :Avi Lewis.Michael Moore- I like his brand of infotainment.

Film:Kevin Smith , Speilburg, and Tarantino

Film: Kevin Spacey, and Tim Roth

Politics: Mumia Abu-Jamal, Leonard peltier, David malmo Levine (who got me thinking about the marijuana struggle after seeing him on T.V where I learned that the bud I was smoking not only made me look cool to all my fellow stoned gr. niners, but it was also harmless.(Most of my major heros are dead like Malcom X, Hoffman [the one that caused the lid to be blown on CoIntelPro, King,Douglas, Graham Spry(for a broadcast system that could of been great), and Gandhi [not that I beleive in pacifism It's just that he did a whole lot with it at the time])


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Pankaj
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posted 15 December 2001 07:20 PM      Profile for Pankaj   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Literature: Roberto Callaso (in particular, "Ka")
Theatre: Peter Brooke
Music: Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan (recently died)
Film: (in front of the camera) Peter Sellers (of course, dead)
Film: (behind the camera) Luis Malle (sp?)
Politics: Nelson Mandela

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clersal
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posted 15 December 2001 07:53 PM      Profile for clersal     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Janet evanovich has written a slew of detective novels starting with numbers in the same way that Sue Grafton does with letters.

They are light reading and very funny as in spite of the mayhem going on, is very funny. I find myself giggling a lot. I am at the moment reading her last, 7 Up.

One does not have to start with the first which is One for the Money. Anyhow she has a web site if you want to check it out.


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jeff house
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posted 16 December 2001 01:06 AM      Profile for jeff house     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
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nonsuch
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posted 16 December 2001 01:09 AM      Profile for nonsuch     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Tough one. Depends on whom i'd have to kill.

Sheri Tepper, Margaret Atwood, Carol Shields, (?) Thomas Pynchon. Too late for Robertson Davies; miles too late for Konrad Lorenz.

I did meet Leona Boyd a couple of years ago.
Sean Connery?
Prince Charles?
A lot of dead people.


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sherpafish
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posted 16 December 2001 07:00 AM      Profile for sherpafish   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Icons I have met casualy:

Ernie Prentice (Beach-combers)
Wesley Willis (Rock'n'Roll McDonald's)
David Suzuki (duh)
Svend Robinson (ok, stretching 'icon' there)
Judes ( though she doesn't remember!)

My greatest pop desire is to one day party with Tom Waits or the Ween brothers, Gene and Dean.


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Dawna Matrix
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posted 16 December 2001 12:04 PM      Profile for Dawna Matrix     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Music: Tori Amos
Literary: Susan Musgrave/Margaret Atwood/Gwendolyn MacEwan (RIP)/Jack Kerouac(RIP)/LM Montgomery (RIP)
Film: Edward Norton
TV: Matt Groening/David Letterman

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bandit
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posted 16 December 2001 04:02 PM      Profile for bandit     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Wesly willis has been known to greet people with a head butt on ocasion. And he's a schizophrenic. His music is used to calm the voices in his head supposedly.
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sherpafish
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posted 16 December 2001 04:12 PM      Profile for sherpafish   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I've knocked heads with the man. He's massive. There is a looney sised flat callus on his forhead from all the head-butting. He certainly could 'woop Batman's ass".
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bandit
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posted 16 December 2001 06:08 PM      Profile for bandit     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
oh,I misread your post and thought that was who you wanted to meet.
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Catalyst
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posted 16 December 2001 07:40 PM      Profile for Catalyst   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Literature: Harlan Ellison
Music: Eric Bogle
Politics: well, I've met auntie.com and am sure I didn't make much of an impression, either and am well aquainted with Buzz Hargrove (no name dropping here, he's also a member of my own local) as he is soooo approachable as well as impressive and I've talked for a bit with Maude Barlow at a Labour Day celebration here in Windsor. So, outside of having an opportunity to personally berate a few notable right wingers, I can't think of any political figure I would be in awe of. Even with the right wingers, it would be sort of like the feeling one gets passing a bad car accident.

Film (Behind and in front of the Camera): Tim Robbins
TV: Michael Moore


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