achievements, advice, and awards

1) Klaus over at Ming Movie Reviews just hit a big milestone, He’s been reviewing all the movies in “1001 Movies you must see before you die,” and he’s reviewed them all. And a bunch of other movies as well.

Of course, this is definitely a situation where quantity doesn’t mean anything without quality, and the reviews are very good. (There are some I disagree with, of course, but that’s a different question. πŸ™‚ )

2) Tiyana Marie White at The Chandra Tribune has posted a video (first of a series) with advice for aspiring writers. Check it out, and subscribe to her channel (I did πŸ™‚ ).

3) As you may possibly have heard, Bob Dylan has won the Nobel Prize for Literature. Some people have got a bit worked up about this, but since they are mostly the people who think in terms of whether one thing “rises to the level” of another thing, I’m quite tickled about how annoyed they are.

In one sense, who cares? As Leonard Cohen said, it’s “like pinning a medal on Mount Everest for being the highest mountain.”

Or, as Kate Tempest said, “… please run as much of It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding) as you can. Rather than me saying why I like them, I’d rather just leave space to let the lyrics speak for themselves.”

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2 Responses to achievements, advice, and awards

  1. Tiyana says:

    Hey, Anthony. Thanks for subscribing! πŸ™‚

    “As Leonard Cohen said, it’s ‘like pinning a medal on Mount Everest for being the highest mountain.’”

    Haha, love this quote. I guess I’m not a big Dylan fan, so this news was “eh” to me when I saw it on the Web.

    1001 movie reviews??? That’s quite a lot!

  2. With Dylan, sort of like Citizen Kane, for example, there’s the question of quality, which is to some extent, a matter of taste, of course. (I just checked and I have twelve Dylan albums on my phone, so I guess that says something about me. πŸ™‚ )

    But there’s also the question of influence, and for that I think it probably helps to have lived through the huge change in the possibilities for style and content of lyrics in popular songs that happened through the 1960s.

    Dylan didn’t do that all by himself, obviously, but a lot of it can be traced back to him.

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