I like Josh Boone so much, and I think he is the perfect director for TFiOS. He understands the book profoundly (as you can tell from his comments in the story above), and he is also tremendously talented. I am so excited!
So I was browsing The Mountain Goats’ thread today and I was coming across a lot of Nerdfighter hate, which I thought was pretty unfair.
Everyone starts somewhere. Just because I came across the Mountain Goats five years ago instead of two days ago doesn’t make me a better person or more worthy of their music. Yes, there are way more songs than “This Year” and “Love, Love, Love”, but come on, we probably all went through that phase. I know I did.
I just find it discouraging when old fans try to turn away new fans.
So, Welcome Nerdfighters! Come join the party! There are in fact more Mountain Goats songs than the ones JD played last night, over 500 to be precise. All of them are amazing.
As far as albums go, “Tallahassee”, “Come, Come to the Sunset Tree”, and their newest one, “Transcendental Youth” are probably the most accessible to newbies. “We Shall All Be Healed” and “All Hail West Texas” are also amazing.
As far as songs to check out, in no order:
Up the Wolves
Last Man on Earth
High Hawk Season
Wizard Buys a Hat
He Swims Like a Fish
Color in Your Cheeks
Dirty Old Town
Pigs That Ran Straightaway into the Water, Triumph Of
Signal boost. :)
The Mountain Goats are a great band, and their fans are great fans, but we tend to be extremely passionate about tMG and their work and that can be a barrier to entry sometimes (just as it can be in other fan communities, including ours).
But I’m grateful for the generosity shown here, and I’d only add that other great and good-for-new-listeners songs include Jenny, The Best Ever Death Metal Band Out of Denton, and Damn These Vampires.
I’d also like to add that you should see them live and also buy their music. It really does make being alive a richer and more interesting experience.
I didn’t like The Mountain Goats so much the first time I heard This Year (a couple of years ago?), but I’m digging all of this now. *eyes iTunes gift card*
KATE! LOOK WHAT JOHN RECOMMENDED TO HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF NERDFIGHTERS!
So, I’ve never actually read anything by John Green- from a reputable source- is this something I should do?
But yes I concur everyone should read To Say Nothing of the Dog it is massively under-appreciated.
Hey we should both make lists like this guy does because it would be fun and also I have endless book suggestions for the world always that few people listen to
But also I have this weird cognitive dissonance going on with my favorite things that few people know about where I want everyone to know about them but then also I fear too many people getting involved and it becoming a thing because people like to ruin things and it would be all tumblr ship wars and accusations of various “isms” like we all do here and movies coming out with abominable and offensive casting- the mind races, does it not?
Maybe that’s just me
Okay it’s just one video I’m sure nothing will happen to one of my favorite books it’s fine
As much as we love To Say Nothing, and even if John did rec it and lots of people buy it for their Whovian friends, I think it’ll be okay. There just don’t seem to be a lot of people in the world who appreciate that ambling Victorian kind of writing, and it’s not like those characters lend themselves to loads of shipping.
Er, at least…. that would be really weird. … I don’t think it will happen.
You should read The Fault in Our Stars! And perhaps Paper Towns, if you need to put your feels back together after it.
KATE! LOOK WHAT JOHN RECOMMENDED TO HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF NERDFIGHTERS!
Only eight months after the Project for Awesome, John Green finally completed the sequel to last year’s terrible zombie novella Zombicorns, called The War for Banks Island.
Unfortunately you won’t be able to read it unless you had purchased it during last year’s P4A, but I wanted to share the cover, with an illustration done by my friend LoriDays.
If you did receive the PDF in your inbox just now, I hope you like the layout I designed, and of course the not-actually-terrible-at-all novella by John.
As usual, the cover is the best thing about the story. But I hope those of you who donated to the Project for Awesome for “The War for Banks Island” like it.
I need a sequel to this more than I needed a sequel to Zombicorns.
“Corn wants the world to contain more corn, so corn evolves us to agree with it: Corn tells us that we could make sugar out of corn, or fuel out of corn, or plastic out of corn, etc. The flu makes us cough, which spreads the flu. Corn makes us corn-hungry, which spreads corn.”
— John Green, Zombicorns
I’m late, but in my defense I was on planes much of the last five days.
So a quick prefatory comment: I’m quoted on the back of The Hunger Games for nice things I said about the first book in the New York Times Book Review when it came out, so obviously I like the book. Back then, I remember thinking that if a movie adaptation ever happened (it seemed unlikely to me; I didn’t yet know it would have a huge audience), it would make me sad, because so much of what the novel expertly examines is the fraught relationship between viewers and the viewed in a world dominated by screens. But in fact I thought the movie did a really good job of this, largely because Jennifer Lawrence’s performance was to my mind so intricate and complex and nuanced and just good.
In the years since I wrote that initial review, my opinion of the book has risen steadily. (This is also true for another book I reviewed in the NYTBR, The Book Thief.) Like, if i could go back and review The Hunger Games now, I would probably be even more breathless and enthusiastic than I originally was about the book, because in retrospect it was smarter and more interesting than I noticed in my first couple readings.
What I find most interesting about both book and movie is not whatever lame/obvious things THG has to say about reality television or the exploitative relationship between producers and consumers of everything from coal to entertainment.
What is very, very interesting to me is the ways in which the plot of both book and movie explore the extremely complicated and ethically fraught relationship between observer and observed—the way resource-laden Person X paying attention to the plight of resource-deprived Person Y shapes both the lives of Person X and Person Y. (The most interesting moment in the movie to me is when Katniss gets the salve from a sponsor that allows her to survive: Lawrence’s complicated thank you in that moment is maybe even more evocative than in the book. Katniss is benefiting from the generosity of the rich, but she only needs this generosity because the social order that created the wealth is also the social order that put her in the games.)
Like, what Collins explores with real brilliance is that most social orders are more or less designed to be unjust because they are less concerned with justice than they are with stability.
And when you yourself are the victim of this injustice, you’re aware in a heightened way of what gets sacrificed in the name of stability. But the vast majority of people benefit from stability, or at least feel that it is better than taking a chance at instability. (And in this respect, we’re not entirely wrong. Like, it’s still unclear whether the radically unjust but relatively stable rule of a Hosni Mubarak, for instance, will be replaced by something better.)
On this front, I thought Jennifer Lawrence brought a lot of complexity and ambiguity to Katniss: As viewers of the movie, we are never quite sure of the extent to which her love for Peeta is shaped by the morally fraught relationship between observer and observed. I thought this couldn’t work on screen, but in the end it does, because even more than in the book, we as viewers are aware that we are participants in the observer:observed relationship.
It’s not only the people of Panem who are watching The Hunger Games.