Aug 12, 2014
commented on What's Your Favorite Haruki Murakami Novel?
Wind Up Bird, but HBWATEOTW, Kafka, and even the Sheep Chase duo are all runners up.
I found both After Dark and 10Q84 tremendously unsatisfying.
Seconding the love for his playlists... I'd also like to add love for the foodstuffs. I'd buy a Murakami cookbook!
Apr 10, 2013
commented on The American Movie Theater Business Isn't Looking Good
Ok, I did some research RE: the inflation question as it pertains to movies.
First, what did movies cost "back in the day?"
A cursory Google image search of old theater advertisements indicates that movies in the depression era cost a quarter.
The bureau of labor statistics inflation calculator indicates that a quarter would be the equivalent of about 4.25 today. (I used 1935 as the baseline.)
So yes. Movies are a good deal more expensive now, and I really do think that that fact is a huge contributor to declining admission.
Fixes I'd make if I were queen of the movies include the already mentioned assigned seats, good snacks, alcohol, no ads, and climate control that is not set at the "meat locker" notch.
It seems a lot of second-run theaters in Portland are doing OK with that modified business model (including the lower price point)
Feb 5, 2013
commented on Karen Carpenter
@23 beat me to it. I had always been medium on the Carpenters until someone turned me on to those pared-down tracks, which are ridiculously lovely. Well, those, and that Sonic Youth cover of Superstar, which is also fantastic.