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So, this meme was doing the rounds weeks ago, and linaerys gave me this great set of questions. Finally, almost a month later, I have answers, though I think they reveal me to be the pretentious and overly serious person I am in my non-fannish life. I usually try to shield y'all from this aspect of me, sorry! Feel free to defriend me now that it's been revealed.

Or, hit me up for questions! I am home this week, and I would love to find out more about you guys:

Comment with "Come at me, sweet thang [or your favorite endearment]," and:
- I'll respond by asking you five questions so I can get to know you better.
- Update your journal with the answers to the questions.
- Include this explanation in the post and offer to ask other people questions.

Also, if anyone wants to ask me questions, feel free.

1. What media do you wish had a fandom but doesn't?
I think this might be a trick question. Ever since I found out about professional sports RPS and lolitics, I have been pretty sure that everything out there has been fandomed already. Seriously, if you told me someone had filled their kink_bingo card with pairings from NPR, I wouldn’t blink an eye.

But, let’s see: not a separate media, exactly, but the art form I like the most that I don’t see people talking about on lj is dance—both ballet and modern. Though I expect there is fic out there, both rpf and otherwise.

2. What is your dream vacation?
A week in London on my own with enough money to stay in a nice hotel and go out to the theater/opera/various forms of performance art every night. In June or July, so it would be light ‘til 11pm. And plenty of friends in town. I love New York, but, American that I am, London is really the city of my heart.

A place that I’ve been that I’d love to go back to is the west coast of Ireland. A place I’ve never been to that I’d like to visit is the Costa Rican rain forests (with my boys). Despite all those years in the Rocky Mountain West, I have much more affinity for the flat, the humid, the marshy and the coastal.

3. What's your favorite picture of Michael Fassbender? (Hahaha, that one is totally for my enjoyment).

Well, I have to admit it’s probably this one:

But in the end, I think I’m more interested in him as an actor than as a sexy person, so it might be this (from Hunger)

But lest you think I’m only interested in one thing, here’s a monologue from Hunger (warning—he’s not discussing what it feels like to starve to death, but the subject matter is somewhat disturbing nevertheless).

4. What is your "road not taken" career? Is there something you seriously considered other than what you have now?
You know, one of the things that I’m most grateful for is that I still enjoy the career I chose right out of college. Also—and I’m just as grateful for this—it has always given me steady, secure employment that’s made it possible for me to support my family. There have been ups and downs and things that annoy me, sure, but I have to say that the pleasure I take in my work has been one of the most stable things in my life.

When I was in college, I flirted with the idea of doing something medical—being a doctor, maybe, or, more plausibly, doing something in public health. The things I would have liked about this would have been: more contact with people; working with bodies instead of minds, as it were; and a more tangible sense of doing good. But I’m certainly not good enough with science to have been a particularly good doctor, so I don’t have particular regrets about going another way.

That said, I have a retirement career already picked out! I want to get certified to teach pre-natal yoga. Yoga kind of saved my life both times I was pregnant (and thereafter), so I’d like to give something back. Also, see above, working with bodies, not minds.

5. What is a book that you think your friends list should read, and why?
Lol—that’s a dangerous question to ask a pedantic person! Um, Gulliver’s Travels? Paradise Lost?

I feel like I’m always urging people to read The Eagle of the Ninth and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.

But the book that really blew my mind last year was Robert Fagles’s translation of the Aeneid. I read the Aeneid in college, and it made just about zero impression on me (as witnessed by my clueless annotations—clearly only what my professor had told me to write). But Fagles’s new translation makes it come alive in a completely different way. Or it could be that it’s a story that you have to be a bit older to appreciate. It’s all about the experience of exile and starting a second life: a second love, a second home—the burden of the past and the burden of working for an uncertain future. So yeah: read that! Very accessible and engaging, I promise.
  • Thanks for the great answers! And the clip, which I shall watch tomorrow.

    I'm trying to recall if it was Fagles's translation of the Illiad that I found a bit too modern in its idiom. Is that something he does?
    • There is a translation of the Iliad that uses very modern idiom--updates the similes to contemporary images, etc.--It's not Fagles, but I'm blanking on the name of the translator (it may be a poet). Fagles is less stodgy than some of the older translations (which make everybody sound like Klingons, one of my students once informed me), but I don't think it's modern in that way. Possibly not to everybody's taste, tho'

      Enjoy the clip--it's part of a 12 minute scene filmed in a single take--

      thank for the questions!
      • Wow, that was an intense clip. I'll watch the whole movie at some point. It hits so many of my interests that I will try to deal with the starving-to-death stuff.

        Oh, and if you'd like to lob some questions my way, I'd enjoy that. No pressure, though.

        Edited at 2011-07-20 01:37 pm (UTC)
        • Isn't it? It's also more talking than he does in the rest of the movie put together--otherwise he's equally intense (if not more so) in a purely physical way.

          The movie is definitely worth watching, and not just for MF's performance-- though it has it's problems, I'll warn you. The starving stuff is very hard to watch, and a lot of the other physical stuff is equally, um, confrontational. But, like you said, if it's stuff you're interested in, worth a try. I, no surprise, have a weakness for that kind of in-your-face physicality, so I loved it, difficult as it was.

          Questions, you say? My pleasure!

          1. What is the best live performance you've ever seen--theater, music, dance, what have you?

          2. What are your favorite places to shop--in the city or online? (okay--this one is self-interested *g*)

          3. What surprises you most about your life right now? (yeah, I just like this question).

          4. Which fictional character did you identify most strongly with (and/or want to be) when you were younger? Has that changed now?

          5. You have a time machine. What is your first stop?

  • That definitely wasn't pretentious. You are a very interesting person. :D

    And yes, my darling, you can ask me questions if you like. :)
    • Glad it wasn't pretentious--I get self-conscious when I start talking about books :)

      Here you go, sweetheart:

      1. If you could go out tonight, anywhere in the world (or in time), where would you go?

      2. What is your favorite kind of landscape, to walk in or look at?

      3. What was your favorite book (or series) when you were growing up? Would you read it again now? Would you read it to your kid?

      4. Do you have any hobbies--sports, crafts, stuff like that?

      5. What surprises you most about your life right now?
  • Well, ice-skating has a pretty active fandom (or had one, during the winter olimpics), I don't see why dance shouldn't! (one of my students is a ballet dancer at a pretty high level, and just yesterday she was telling me about some of the top stars at the bolshoy... now you're making me wonder)
    • oh yeah, I'm sure there is an active fandom for ballet out there--probably a pretty interesting one, too! (though I wonder whether something needs widespread media distribution (like skating during the Olympics) to generate fic? probably not :)

      Fandom is an awesome thing!
      • I'm trying to imagine a fandom for ballet or modern, though there certainly may well be one. It's such a small and insular world it's hard for me to imagine, but then I suppose that would be the case for professional skating or theatre or any number of other things that do have large fannish followings.

        A week in London on my own with enough money to stay in a nice hotel and go out to the theater/opera/various forms of performance art every night.

        Ah, yes, that would be nice. So many things to see.

        But the book that really blew my mind last year was Robert Fagles’s translation of the Aeneid.

        Really? I'm curious. I've read it, but it never made much of an impression on me. I also think a good, modern translation is far from an easy thing, so I may have to check it out.

        • I don't know much about the current ballet world, but when I've read biographies of Balanchine or Nureyev, etc., it seems like one wouldn't even need to invent loony stories to have a fandom. Modern dance is harder to imagine, I agree.

          Though, when you think about it, so much dance is "transformative fiction"--versions of other people's stories in a new medium....

          The Aeneid made very little impression on me the first time I read it, too--I'm not sure if it was the translation or the timing of the re-reading, but the Fagles translation definitely changed that--worth a try, if you like classical epics :)
          • Yes, dance is certainly transformative. Each performance is always different based upon the company and performers. If you like dance, especially contemporary, have you seen Mats Ek's The Sleeping Beauty? That's certainly a very different take on the classic tale and Petipa's ballet? Aurora's a rebellious narcoleptic teenager.

            Edited at 2011-07-20 09:07 pm (UTC)
            • I haven't--it sounds wonderful! My ballet-going these days is pretty much confined to taking the boys to see the Nutcracker. But we have the American Dance Festival here in Durham every summer, and last month I saw Rosie Herrera's troupe, from Miami. They were a blast!

              love your Martha Graham icon!!
  • Late to the party as usual... But yeah, why not. Since I'm not really volunteering a lot of personal information on my journal, as it is... You can ask me questions if you like.

    And no, not a single reason to defriend. :)

    When I was in college, I flirted with the idea of doing something medical—being a doctor, maybe...

    So did I, for similar reasons. I sometimes wish I'd taken that road. But I suppose I wouldn't be the person I am now, because what we learn and study has a huge influence on how we turn out to be, hasn't it? And not just in terms of occupation. It's really strange to think about it; so many things would have gone differently.
    • Yeah, it's quite hard for me to imagine having chosen another profession. Though I would have liked a bit more choice about where I lived. I love where I live now, but there have been some rough spots in between.

      Delighted to give you some questions!

      1. I know you do some fencing, but what other non-fandom, non-family & work things do you enjoy?

      2. What is the best book you've read lately?

      3. Other than the one you live in, what historical period do you think would have suited you best?

      4. If you could have any dessert (magically free of calories) what would you have?

      5. What surprises you most about your life right now (I have to ask everyone this question).

      thanks for playing!
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