What is your most marked characteristic?
Loquacity; or, negatively, talkativeness
What is the quality you most like in a man?
What is the quality you most like in a woman?
What do you most value in your friends?
The ability to assess people & events with clarity, depth & nuance
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
Incapacity for completion
What is your favorite occupation?
Writing with pen on paper
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Pale skin, dark hair, coupled to unhesitating & inerrant taste
What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
To be misplaced in time, language, country
In which country would you like to live?
The Loire Valley
Who are your favorite writers?
Henry James, Amélie Nothomb, Françoise Mallet-Joris
Who are your favorite poets?
William Blake, Marina Tsvestaeva
Who is your favorite hero of fiction?
Who is your favorite heroine of fiction?
Dorothea Brooke of "Middlemarch"
Who are your favorite composers?
Schumann, Shostakovich, Wagner
Who are your favorite painters?
Cézanne, Corot, Philippe de Champaigne
What are your favorite names?
Jocelyn, Marcel, Isabelle
What is it that you most dislike?
Which talent would you most like to have?
To sing lieder & opera
How would you like to die?
With the window open on cool, sunny May afternoon
What is your current state of mind?
Surprised & pleased
What is your motto?
I not only follow you, I precede you (Oscar Wilde)
Swiping from shadowkat who swiped it from elsewhere ;) . . .
Day 01 - A show that never should have been cancelled :
LOU GRANT - This newsroom show was really & truly about journalism in the age when journalism really really mattered and it set a pattern for ensemble workplace shows. It was axed over the title actor's visible activism opposed to the Reagan admin's involvement in El Salvador. It was the first show to present Vietnam vets & their difficulties in a true light; it's drama was always spiced with wry humor. And it remains un-DVD'd to this day, like "Sisters" and "Judging Amy".
Day 02 - A show you wish more people were watching
PARENTHOOD - Sadly scheduled up against "The Good Wife" -- with favorites Lauren "Gilmore Girls" Graham and Peter "Six Feet Under" Krause, Craig T. Nelson and Bonnie Bedelia, writing which is intelligent & warm, positive without being sappy -- renewed (happily) & always renewing -- a show with a generous spirit
Day 03 - Your favorite new show (aired this TV season):
Day 04 - Your favorite show ever :
Ought to be BtVS, but it's edged out by Gilmore Girls which out-culture-references BtVS by a country mile, averaged 20-25 pages MORE of script than the standard hour show, whose cast never, ever missed a beat in 7 seasons & which has one, maybe only two eps which disappointed me. How many comedies would be able to feature a face-off between rival Poe impersonators whose duel is capture in a rapidly-printed t-shirt reading "Faux Poes Foes"? or would have an ep entitled, "Norman Mailer, I'm Pregnant!"? or "Nag Hammadi Is Where They Found the Gnostic Gospel"? or would have Kirk (Sean Gunn, for whom Gunn in "Angel" was named) and Paris Gellar (where is she now??) and . . . well, the list goes on.
Day 05 - A show you hate :
Too many candidates, tho' 24 stands unsurpassed in my repugnant range --
Day 06 - Favorite episode of your favorite TV show :
Finale of S4 of, in which the long-awaited first kiss of the main couple is interrupted by . . . no, it has to be watched to be believed --
Day 07 - Least favorite episode of your favorite TV show
Second to last ep of the series, which seemed (as no other did) padded to fill the time
Day 08 - A show everyone should watch :
Burn Notice - The best spy couple (well, ex-spy and ex-gunrunner) show since the original "Avengers" and "I Spy", with Bruce "I'll Never Do TV Again" Campbell and Sharon Gless as the most formidable backfield imaginable --
Day 09 - Best scene ever :
Hawkeye's recovery of memory in the series finale of M*A*S*H -- in hospital for a mental breakdown, Dr. Friedman helps him recall what caused the break -- a Korean woman smothering her own baby to prevent its cries from reaching the passing soldiers --
Day 10 - A show you thought you wouldn't like but ended up loving
Buffy the Vampire Slayer - An older friend recommended it during its third season & I thought he had gone round the bend -- so I didn't catch it until I saw an ep from earlier season during S7's run (but I had no tv from '98-'02, so . . . )
Day 11 - A show that disappointed you
Raising the Bar - Steven Bochco returns and he's got J. August Richards with him as a real rather than supernaturally brain-boosted lawyer this time -- beeluddy orful
Voyager - Having escape the Blandlands with DS9, they went straight back, and Kate Mulgrew was horribly wasted
Day 12 - An episode you've watched more than 5 times --
"All Good Things", the finale of Star Trek: The Next Generation -- a show which overcame major major problems (Gene Roddenberry and Wesley Crusher, to name them) to give a classic time-paradox finish giving all the characters nice grace notes --
Day 13 - Favorite childhood show :
The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle - Foundation of a lifetime of snark & I've no doubt that the true origin of BtVS is in "Fractured Fairytales"
Day 14 - Favorite male character
Spock-prime from the Original ('not DOCTOR Spock, you moron!' -- sorry, flashback) -- yes, Zachary Quinto did a decent job of channelling the sense of danger-sex-ambiguity-intelligence
Day 15 - Favorite female character :
Way too many to choose from, especially from earlier decades, so, staying with recent material, all these are contenders: Willow Rosenberg (duh) and Alice Pieszecki (The L-Word) and Rory Gilmore (and kudos to Alexis Bledel who, in her first role, had to be the straight man for 7 years to just about the entire cast) and Maxine Gray (Judging Amy) and Fiona Glenanne ("Burn Notice," yes I know the problems, but "Let that be a lesson to you, Michael: C4 is meant to be used, not stored") and Kara Thrace -- but have to go with
PRESIDENT LAURA ROSLIN
And have to suspend the rest till tomorrow . . .