kurt's nightmare

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Location: Dayton, OH, Heard & McDonald Islands

I'm an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Dayton. I represent no one but myself, and barely do that. I'm here mostly by accident.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

A Productive Summer? Maybe

Ok, I was supposed to read Hegel. Or was it Middlemarch? I can't remember: both too long to capture my attention. So I watched some movies, I read a bunch. Some of both have been forgotten, but I'd love to hear my reader's (or readers') thought (or thoughts) about anything below that sounds familiar.

Films

Eastern Promises
The Last Seduction
The Aristocrats
M. Butterfly
Killer's Kiss
The Departed
Mongol
The Contract
Blood Simple
Leningrad Cowboys: Total Balalaika Show
The Man Without a Past
The Last King of Scotland
The Devil and Daniel Johnston
Not One Less
Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior
Hester Street
The Yakuza Papers: Disc 1
Milk
Singin' in the Rain
Freaks
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress
Walk the Line
Once Upon a Time in America
GoodFellas: Special Edition
Miller's Crossing
The Freshman
The Godfather: Part II
The Godfather
White Heat
Scarface
The Public Enemy
Little Caesar

Books

Good ol' Kurt Wallander. I'm hoping the remaining two books (in
Swedish) get translated soon!

The Pyramid Kurt Wallander 1999
Faceless Killers Kurt Wallander 1991
The Dogs of Riga Kurt Wallander 1992
The White Lioness Kurt Wallander 1993
The Man Who Smiled Kurt Wallander 1994
Sidetracked Kurt Wallander 1995
The Fifth Woman Kurt Wallander 1996
One Step Behind Kurt Wallander 1997
Firewall Kurt Wallander 1998
The Return of the Dancing Master Stefan Lindman 2000
Before the Frost Linda Wallander 2002

Some politics, lots o' baseball

Dexter Filkins, The Forever War
Charles Alexander, John McGraw
Harold Seymour, Baseball: The Early Years
Harold Seymour, Baseball: The Golden Age
Lawrence Ritter, The Glory of Their Times
Mike Sowell, The Pitch That Killed
David L. Fleitz , Shoeless: The Life and Times of Joe Jackson
John Heidenry, The Gas House Gang
Al Stump, Cobb
Fred Leib, Baseball As I Have Known It
Buzz Bissinger, Three Nights In August
Peter Golenbeck, The Spirit of St. Louis
Honus Wagner, On His Life and Baseball (ed. W. Cobb)

One shout-out: most of these were pretty great, I thought. But Ritter's The Glory of Their Times is still, for my money (and the money of many others!) the single best baseball book ever written. Cannot possibly recommend it too highly.

16 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

It won't let me sign in, so it's done as Anonymous,
Bazarov

Of the films, I've seen:

The Aristocrats. Not a bad idea, but too long. I liked the interviews with a lot of the comedians as I've always appreciated the art of stand-up. But the joke's not that funny. The shorter ones were better, and it's too dependent on context. Gottfried's (sp?) telling it after getting booed for telling a 9/11 joke too soon was good, I guess. I don't know. I liked that movie by Jamie Kennedy that was similar, but about hecklers better: Heckler.

The Departed. Just to hear that accent so much was worth it.

The Last King of Scotland. The scene at the end with the nipples: ow.

Freaks. Old, b/w film? It's been a while, but I've seen it if that's the one. There's also a film that was done around the fifties or sixties about a mental ward. Wow! The mentally disabled are clearly the group who has gotten the worst of what humanity has to offer throughout the years. Hard to watch.

Scarface. I don't see what all the hype was about. But that happens when you're the last person on Earth to see a film like that.

I actually went to a movie theater and watched Inglourious Basterds. I liked it. It was a lot funnier than I expected.

I'd recommend Idiocracy and Eulogy. They're both lowbrow but I think they're pretty damned funny. Thank You for Smoking was pretty good. No great films are coming to mind, besides Airplane, but I'm guessing you've seen that one already.

As far as the books go: wow. I think you've read more in a summer than I manage in years. Hell, that Frank set took me over a year, and that was only five books. The one book I always recommend when discussions on books come up is The Technology of Orgasm by Rachel Maines. It's informative, funny, and makes for great cocktail conversations. How could a book about the history of the vibrator not be?

I haven't been reading too much lately. I'm saving Dead Souls for the upcoming plane ride. I'll also be reading Dawkins' new book. I'm flying through Rodney Dangerfield's autobiography, but that's just brain candy.

3:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks, Bazarov. Just stick your name at the end, and you won't be mistaken for the functionally illiterate.

The Scarface in question, I should have said, was the 1931 version with Paul Muni, not the DePalma thing with Pacino.

--Kurt

6:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We just screened Eastern Promises in the Intl Film Minicourse tonight, and I'm waiting for the expected complaints about the steamhouse massacre.

If you like Ong-Bak, check out "The Protector" - it's not quite as good of an overall movie, but they get a little bit fancier in the camerawork and budget. Plus, a guy totally suplexes an elephant.

-tugboatmel

11:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did Cobb really write Honus Wagner's biography? Wow! What are the chances?

Dr. A

12:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

William Cobb edited it.

-kurt

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did you really read Charles Alexander's John McGraw twice? You must have really liked it.

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