Friday, August 11, 2006

Catching Up

I'm back, but not yet fit to post. Instead, I'm catching up on me cobbers.

Cowtown Patty considers how the cut of the hat determines the cut of the cowpunch, here. I've always wanted to wear a cowboy hat (from time to time, I still pull on the boots -- a throwback to my motorcycle days), but there isn't a single one that doesn't make me look like a horse's ass.

Andrew, the Aging Punk Wannabe has got me whistling Cheap Trick, thanks to his list of Thirteen Great Opening Lines From Rock, Pop & Country.

Scott has officially posted more pictures of his dog than I have of my kids (but then, he's never been one for self-restraint)!

Darko provides a much-needed Explanation Of The Philosophy Of Fjaka. Potential bumper-sticker: Fjaka - Now, More Than Ever.

Gideon calls this his "second-favourite movie dance routine". If his favourite is from Saturday Night Fever, I don't wanna hear of it.

I've been reading Seb Hunter's Hell Bent For Leather: Confessions Of A Heavy Metal Addict and thinking, "It's good, but it's not quite The Cheese Chronicles" (the gold standard of rock n' roll narratives, IMHO). Now Preacher Dan informs me that Tommy Womack has resumed his on-line ranting. Here's Tommy, in the throes of a condition I recognize all too well: the Ecumenical Hangover.

And finally, just about everyone on my list of cobbers has been hit with the "One Book" meme (if you aren't among them, you may now consider yourself tagged). I'll get to posting mine, but I thought Terry Teachout had an interesting variation: which authors dominate your bookshelves? The qualification is five books by or about, and here are my dominators:

Martin Amis
Paul Auster
Julian Barnes
Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Frederich Buechner
Albert Camus
Leonard Cohen
Douglas Coupland
Robertson Davies
Don DeLillo
Annie Dillard
E.L. Doctorow
John Gardner
God (heh, heh)
Jim Harrison
Robert E. Howard
Philip Kerr
Soren Kierkegaard
Madeleine L'Engle
C.S. Lewis
Cormac McCarthy
Friedrich Nietzsche
Kem Nunn
Thomas Pynchon
Mordecai Richler
Carol Shields
Neal Stephenson
Nathaniel West
Rudy Wiebe
Philip Yancey

Another possible variation I might get to: which artists dominate your CD collection?

Thanks to my readers for all the pleasant wishes (silent or otherwise), and my apologies to every Winnipeg friend I neglected (for all my time away, it was a very limited visit -- argh).


Gideon Strauss said...

See Warber Brothers does NOT get the web.

DarkoV said...

I'd inquire as to your trip details and thank you for the mention, but I'm just a bit deep in fjaka to bother.

Barkeep! Another round.

DarkoV said...

That list is enlightening. I was stunned to see how many authors' orbits we did not cross over. What was actually embarassing (for me) was seeing authors you listed that I had not only never read but never even heard of.

Yipes! Seems like a very partial education to me.

paul bowman said...

Welcome back — as it were.

That is an impressive list. Five or more, eh? — Intimidating.

Cowtown Pattie said...

Five books or more of each of these authors? Good holy cow pookie.

Who has five books about Plato, or written by Plato?

Geez, I must be a fickle reader. Besides, I get bored after a bit.

My own list is palty and shallow compared to yours (and some of these authors I used to read but never pick up now and reflect my youthful reading habits). In no particular order or significance:

Victoria Holt
Mary Stewart
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Agatha Christie
Stephen King
Dean Koontz
Cormac McCarthy
Anne Rice
Erma Bombeck
Larry McMurtry
Rod McKuen
William Shakespeare
Ernest Hemingway

Whisky Prajer said...

Hmm. I could include Sir Doyle (and Dashiell Hammett, John Steinbeck, Hemingway, and one or two others) as well, if I thought to count my Sherlock Holmes omnibus as more than one "book". My list is also a bit misleading, because when it comes to Stephen King and Co., I've been in the habit of giving my books to the library once I've read them. If I'd kept all my Stephen King, George Pelecanos, James Lee Burke novels, we'd have been driven to find larger housing.

Gideon Strauss said...

You let go of Pelecanos?!

Whisky Prajer said...

Oh, for sure. I'll hold onto a title that made the deepest impact on me, but otherwise I try (miserably) to get rid of anything I won't re-read.

Cowtown Pattie said...

AS to my cd list:

Loggins and Messina
Paul Simon ( and some with Artie G)
Jerry Jeff Walker
Jackson Browne
James Taylor
Neil Young
Willie Nelson
Jimmy Buffet
Loreena McKennitt