My friend, The Ad Contrarian http://adcontrarian.blogspot.com/ has thrown down a contrarian gauntlet of sorts and asked me and a few other bloggers to reveal some personal details. The Ad Contrarian calls it an "insidious pyramid thing" and I'd be inclined to agree--only tempering that description with the admonition that as insidious pyramid things go, such as the US's entire banking system, this one is more insipid than insidious. Nevertheless, here goes:
1. I believe, in general and Shakespeare notwithstanding, English literature has been in a steady decline since Chaucer wrote "The Canterbury Tales." You won't find anything funnier, more profound and filthier no matter how hard you look.
2. Most everything is over-rated. (Except, perhaps, Chaucer.)
3. My favorite line from all of movie-dom is from Preston Sturges' 1948 movie "Unfaithfully Yours." "Nobody handles Handel the way you handle Handel."
4. I was, at one time, within one-inch of being able to dunk a basketball.
5. My favorite "New Yorker" cartoon explains my world view. It's a drawing of Dante and Virgil at the gates of Hell as the workmen are putting the finishing touches on the sign that reads: "Abandon all Hope ye who enter Here." In the cartoon Dante says to Virgil: "Shouldn't it read "Abandon most Hope?"
6. Despite it all, I am hopeful.
7. I never wanted to do this in the first place.
Now there's a second part to all this.
I'm told I have to list seven bloggers I read and ask them to provide a list of
seven things that make them ineffable.
I'll start with these four and come up with more later if I can.