commented on "Fortune and Glory, Kid. Fortune and Glory"
I can't see where they would go with this in terms of movies. Maybe they'll re-boot the Young Indiana Jones Chronicles?
You really have to kind of let this stuff go. It's like you're family home being turned into a condo. Something to do with the second law of thermodynamics.
Besides, you can barely get more Disney than Last Crusade. Didn't bother to see that other one.
commented on Vladimir Nabokov Writing About Dorothy Parker's Short Story "Lolita": "I am dreadfully upset by the following coincidence..."
@6 I was about to say that half of your taste sucks, but others did before me.
Lolita is an amazing book. Steinbeck, Lee, Bronte, Salinger could put together a book, but they were just on different levels.
It's not really relevant at all here, but I'm just going to note that if Virginia Woolf had been a man she'd be close to the top of a lot more lists. She and Joyce have different strengths but I'd say Ms. Dalloway and To the Lighthouse can be placed above portrait and right alongside Ulysses. I will grant that it is hard for anything on earth to compete with Ulysses.
@14 I can't help demoting Huckleberry Finn because of the silly plot contrivances at the end. In terms of greatest American Novels, I can't really think of anything better than Lolita. In my view the science fiction writer Gene Wolfe is perhaps as brilliant as Nabokov in his own way.
commented on Kshama Sawant Goes National
There is kind of a cliche that socialists take themselves way too seriously, don't have a sense of humor, can't laugh at themselves, maybe miss when they are going on and on a bit (ranting). Sincerity, humility, and humor are all qualities you need to learn how to fake if you're going to try to be a successful politician in the U.S.