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I have never really enjoyed Gatsby because I found myself despising all of the characters. It's hard to love a book - no matter how fascinating the setting - when you really have no interest in whether the characters live or die. That said, I would absolutely love to see a Family Guy parody of Gatsby. There's already the Peter-Lois-Quagmire triangle to draw from, and it could work with either of the men in either of the Gatsby or Tom roles. I know it's not really the source material that they normally draw from, but it could be pretty funny nonetheless.
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Forgot to mention... I recommend trying a Steinbeck binge if you can couple it with a road trip through his favorite parts of California. I read several of his novels during a family vacation one year, and part of what I loved was that I could look out the window and SEE exactly what he was writing about. My favorite Steinbeck works are East of Eden, Of Mice and Men, and Tortilla Flat. Another fun read is Travels With Charley: In Search of America, which is an autobiographical account of a cross-country trip with his poodle and does a wonderful job of capturing a snapshot of 1960 America.
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Love this post, and think the comments are quite interesting. It's amazing how much of an impact a teacher can have on whether a student loves or hates a book or a subject. My favorite lit teachers really did solicit and listen to our opinions - what did WE think things meant? what were the big decisions a character made and why did s/he make those choices? does the author seem to be offering a commentary on lifestyle, politics, or behaviors from the time that s/he was writing? and so on. The WORST were what I thought of as fill-in-the-blanks teachers, who are just as you described. There was apparently some list of agreed-upon "meanings" for each work, and if you said something other than what was on that list (no matter how strong an argument you could make for it), you were wrong. One of my teachers almost killed Lord of the Flies for me because she was obsessed with why there was pink rock on the island. My worst-ever lit teacher "empowered" students by letting us choose between two books for each segment within a term (we'd do 4-5 segments). This meant you could read All Quiet on the Western Front OR The Education of Little Tree. Good in theory, but in addition to taking quizzes and having class discussions, you also had to submit "learning logs" for each chapter of every book, basically a paragraph summary of the plot, which earned you the same amount of points as the quizzes did. The only thing that saved me in that class was telling him I would rather read both books and take both sets of tests than have to do a bunch of busy work to prove I was actually doing the reading. He took that as a challenge, assuming I wouldn't do the reading - and then didn't seem to like me very much when I wound up with the highest grade of all of the students in the class. LOL
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* A witty retort * A go-to song for karaoke * An embarrassing childhood nickname (such as Moon Pie) * A pet to demand attention when you've spent too much time at the computer
Toggle Commented Mar 14, 2012 on Things every person should have at WWdN: In Exile
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This was hilarious... and since I know how much you and your readers enjoy funny things, I thought I'd pass along the good news: According to Reuters, Matt Groening and David X. Cohen are already working on the *26 new episodes of Futurama* that Comedy Central has ordered from them.
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Have you considered making this available via Amazon Kindle? I got one for my birthday, and would love to add your work to my device! It's a way for you to get paid while people read your books electronically, too.
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Have you considered making this available via Amazon Kindle? I got one for my birthday, and would love to add your work to my device! It's a way for you to get paid while people read your books electronically, too.
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Wil, thank you for sharing this with us. Although I'm not a parent myself, I assume that sometimes it's hard to tell how well you're really doing as a dad. This is one of those times where you get a chance to bask in the kind of gold stars that let you know that yes, you've done a good job by your sons.
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Wil, thank you for sharing this with us. Although I'm not a parent myself, I assume that sometimes it's hard to tell how well you're really doing as a dad. This is one of those times where you get a chance to bask in the kind of gold stars that let you know that yes, you've done a good job by your sons.
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While I have an affinity for any movie filmed in my state (except, perhaps, for Short Circuit), I have to say that Stand by Me holds a special place in my heart. It is a rare thing for an ensemble cast of that caliber at that age. Think about it: if a single role had been miscast, the whole effect would have been stilted and it would lose its authenticity. Instead, it was beautifully conceived, beautifully executed, and indescribably well acted. You may attribute part of that to Rob Reiner, but I think much of what was achieved had to do with the native talent of the actors in the show. That's why it has stood up so well for so many years. It's not something that you remember fondly because you saw it once upon a time; even now, having seen it dozens of times, I still find it engrossing, moving, and thoughtful. Thank you for sharing your experiences with us, Wil. It's really interesting to learn what it was like from the other side of the lens. Of course, you have a knack for making almost anything you write about (poker, even!) interesting.
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While I have an affinity for any movie filmed in my state (except, perhaps, for Short Circuit), I have to say that Stand by Me holds a special place in my heart. It is a rare thing for an ensemble cast of that caliber at that age. Think about it: if a single role had been miscast, the whole effect would have been stilted and it would lose its authenticity. Instead, it was beautifully conceived, beautifully executed, and indescribably well acted. You may attribute part of that to Rob Reiner, but I think much of what was achieved had to do with the native talent of the actors in the show. That's why it has stood up so well for so many years. It's not something that you remember fondly because you saw it once upon a time; even now, having seen it dozens of times, I still find it engrossing, moving, and thoughtful. Thank you for sharing your experiences with us, Wil. It's really interesting to learn what it was like from the other side of the lens. Of course, you have a knack for making almost anything you write about (poker, even!) interesting.
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Interesting. Your dogs distract with romping; my cat distracts with sloth. I will be busy with something, frantically typing away, only to notice that my foot seems wedged and my leg is cramping. Sure enough, my cat has decided the best place to sleep is THISCLOSE to me, in a position that is most likely to cause me great pain. Should I dare to interrupt her sleep, she fixes me with a glare that could cool the surface of the sun. [sigh] Still, she seems to like me well enough when there's food to be had, or a freshly scooped litterbox to enjoy.
Toggle Commented Apr 2, 2008 on a note to my dogs at WWdN: In Exile
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Interesting. Your dogs distract with romping; my cat distracts with sloth. I will be busy with something, frantically typing away, only to notice that my foot seems wedged and my leg is cramping. Sure enough, my cat has decided the best place to sleep is THISCLOSE to me, in a position that is most likely to cause me great pain. Should I dare to interrupt her sleep, she fixes me with a glare that could cool the surface of the sun. [sigh] Still, she seems to like me well enough when there's food to be had, or a freshly scooped litterbox to enjoy.
Toggle Commented Apr 2, 2008 on a note to my dogs at WWdN: In Exile
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I hope that you feel better soon - and that you are much improved from here on out. Thanks for updating everyone... now focus on your own recovery! All your online readers will be able to wait until you're back in your usual form. Feel well soon!
Toggle Commented Feb 10, 2008 on just nod if you can hear me at WWdN: In Exile
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I hope that you feel better soon - and that you are much improved from here on out. Thanks for updating everyone... now focus on your own recovery! All your online readers will be able to wait until you're back in your usual form. Feel well soon!
Toggle Commented Feb 10, 2008 on just nod if you can hear me at WWdN: In Exile
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Wil, I'm so glad to read what you have posted here, not only because I'm a Barack Obama supporter, but because I am thrilled by how engaged people seem to be with this whole process. Record turnouts in primaries? That's phenomenal! If people wake up and start paying attention, our next president isn't going to be able to lie, pander, wage war, and endanger our personal liberties the way this one has. As for Obama, I've decided that it's time to vote wholeheartedly. America can live up to whatever challenge is put in front of her. We now need someone daring enough to challenge us to get back on the right track. I think he can do this... and I'm not sure anyone with as much political baggage as Clinton can. What I'd really like to see is an Obama-Edwards ticket. Edwards has reinvigorated the "old" liberal agenda items of poverty, equality of opportunity, etc., and he also has a fire in his belly that I think could be a galvanizing force when paired with the optimism Obama brings. Plus Edwards has a lot of blue-collar appeal that could shift even more voters toward Obama. It would be exciting to see!
Toggle Commented Feb 7, 2008 on I voted today at WWdN: In Exile
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Wil, I'm so glad to read what you have posted here, not only because I'm a Barack Obama supporter, but because I am thrilled by how engaged people seem to be with this whole process. Record turnouts in primaries? That's phenomenal! If people wake up and start paying attention, our next president isn't going to be able to lie, pander, wage war, and endanger our personal liberties the way this one has. As for Obama, I've decided that it's time to vote wholeheartedly. America can live up to whatever challenge is put in front of her. We now need someone daring enough to challenge us to get back on the right track. I think he can do this... and I'm not sure anyone with as much political baggage as Clinton can. What I'd really like to see is an Obama-Edwards ticket. Edwards has reinvigorated the "old" liberal agenda items of poverty, equality of opportunity, etc., and he also has a fire in his belly that I think could be a galvanizing force when paired with the optimism Obama brings. Plus Edwards has a lot of blue-collar appeal that could shift even more voters toward Obama. It would be exciting to see!
Toggle Commented Feb 7, 2008 on I voted today at WWdN: In Exile
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I watched that with a combination of awe and sadness. Awe because he's such a big "get" for their weird little organization, and sadness because people might actually listen to that and be persuaded. This is further proof that critical reasoning skills MUST be taught in public schools!
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I watched that with a combination of awe and sadness. Awe because he's such a big "get" for their weird little organization, and sadness because people might actually listen to that and be persuaded. This is further proof that critical reasoning skills MUST be taught in public schools!
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That is such a sweet moment - thank you for sharing it with us. I love those brief flashes when you suddenly see, very clearly, all of the things that are *exactly* as they should be in your life.
Toggle Commented Jan 12, 2008 on the best thing, ever at WWdN: In Exile
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That is such a sweet moment - thank you for sharing it with us. I love those brief flashes when you suddenly see, very clearly, all of the things that are *exactly* as they should be in your life.
Toggle Commented Jan 12, 2008 on the best thing, ever at WWdN: In Exile
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Merry Christmas to you and your family, Wil! Loved your Christmas compilation - it has nearly all of my favorites, and reminded me to pull out one of the Christmas CDs I haven't listened to this year. If you want a laugh, though, here's a link to one of my favorite Christmas songs: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P37xPiRz1sg (It's Robert Earl Keen's Merry Christmas from the Family.) Have a wonderful Christmas and a great time with both of the boys home with you!
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Merry Christmas to you and your family, Wil! Loved your Christmas compilation - it has nearly all of my favorites, and reminded me to pull out one of the Christmas CDs I haven't listened to this year. If you want a laugh, though, here's a link to one of my favorite Christmas songs: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P37xPiRz1sg (It's Robert Earl Keen's Merry Christmas from the Family.) Have a wonderful Christmas and a great time with both of the boys home with you!
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Even if you ever doubt that you are a writer, it sounds like your Brain is absolutely certain that it is a writer. Ugh. I'm watching Clash of the Choirs (I've been in choirs most of my life and thought it would be fun. Now I'm not sure). Michael Bolton's choir is singing Living on a Prayer. I'd take my own brain singing Dead or Alive any day over this! Perhaps, Wil, your singing creative brain could come up with a solution to the WGA impasse, so that good (or at least relatively better) programming will be available in the new year?
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Even if you ever doubt that you are a writer, it sounds like your Brain is absolutely certain that it is a writer. Ugh. I'm watching Clash of the Choirs (I've been in choirs most of my life and thought it would be fun. Now I'm not sure). Michael Bolton's choir is singing Living on a Prayer. I'd take my own brain singing Dead or Alive any day over this! Perhaps, Wil, your singing creative brain could come up with a solution to the WGA impasse, so that good (or at least relatively better) programming will be available in the new year?
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