“I’m from the ’90s, and I’m a sucker for Puccini”: Q & A With Myself
Myself and I realized that we hadn’t posted anything for a while, so we sat down at our disorganized desk today to ask and answer a few questions. The theme: personal taste, naming the books, movies, TV, and music we’ve actually been into lately, because the actual titles can tell no lies.
Q: What happened to the other blog post you were working on about that play you went to see last term?
A: It’s gotten out of hand. I feel like I need to do scholarly research for it. Maybe some day I’ll release it.
Q: So this was the only lame thing you could come up with?
Q: What is the purpose of this Q and A?
A: You tell me.
Q: Um… okay. I’m trying to give readers an idea of my… your… our taste in movies, music, TV and books by listing stuff I/you/we having been consuming. Because people like reading about that stuff.
A: Awesome. You know, you could adopt the double “I” pronoun like the angels in Angels in America.
Q: Um, or not. Have you been reading that lately?
A: How astute. Yes, I just did.
Q: What are you listening to right now?
A: You mean, right this minute? Hang on, let me check… it’s something from La Boheme.
Q: Tell me about when you went to see that opera last year.
A: One of the singers fell off a piece of set furniture and twisted his ankle or something. They improvised by having one of the other dudes sing two parts. Luckily, it was close to the end.
Q: What books are on your desk right now?
Q: What’s the last thing you bought on iTunes?
A: The HBO miniseries of Angels in America.
Q: What have you been watching in Netflix?
A: The Killing, the U.S. one, just started Season 2.
Q: Last feature film you saw?
Q: Last time you went to a movie in the theatre?
(Tumbleweeds blow by for a second.)
A: Um… I think it was one of those Hobbit movies. The one last year, the second one. I think.
Q: Last album you listened to in its entirety?
Q: Last novel you actually finished reading?
Q: New releases you are looking forward to?
A: My friend Peter Darbyshire’s new book The Dead Hamlets, under his Peter Roman pen-name. I’m always a season behind on Game of Thrones because I don’t have HBO and prefer to get it legally. I’m number 24 at the library for pre-ordered Season 4! Waiting impatiently for whenever there are going to be new seasons of Orphan Black and the French zombie show Les Revenants (I think there was one of the latter, but I haven’t got my hands on it yet).
Q: What are the songs in the “Top 25 Most Played” list in your iTunes?
A: Ooh, that’s an evil question. There is no hiding there. Here it is:
- Shot in the Arm – Wilco
- Zombie – Cranberries
- Loser – Beck
- Boy in the Bubble – Paul Simon
- La Boheme: O Mimi, tu plu non torni – Puccini
- (I’ll Love You) Till the End of the World – Nick Cave
- Manic Monday – Bangles
- Polyester Bride – Liz Phair
- Billie Jean – Michael Jackson
- It’s the End of the World as We Know It (and I Feel Fine) – R.E.M.
- Girls Just Want to Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper
- Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana
- Once in a Lifetime – Talking Heads
- Bittersweet Symphony – The Verve
- All I Really Want – Alanis Morissette
- La Boheme: Si. Mi Chiamano Mimi – Puccini
- Nothing Compares 2 U – Sinead O’Connor
- 9 to 5 – Dolly Parton
- La Rondine: Chi Il Bel Sogno Di Doretta – Puccini
- Tubthumping – Chumbawamba
- Buffy Theme – Nerf Herder
- What’s the Frequency Kenneth? – R.E.M.
- Gianni Schicchi: O Mio Babbino Caro –– Puccini
- Islands in the Stream – Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers
- Carmen, Act 1: Près des Ramparts de Séville – Bizet
Q: What can we learn from this list?
A: I’m from the ’90s, and I’m a sucker for Puccini.
Q: Last thought?
A: Two of those songs were written by Prince. Who out there can name which two without the help of Google?