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In ALL, MY LISTS by Stephanie Klein23 Comments

I’m secretly interested in:

  1. philosophy, from Pascal to Plato
  2. in art history, but I fear I’ll get bored in the details
  3. finance, not Wall Street, but my own finances.  I need Suze Orman books or to take an investment course.
  4. teaching writing to young girls
  5. why I rarely finish things or books
  6. taking tennis lessons again
  7. learning to play the piano
  8. psychology medical journals
  9. film, studying it
  10. learning new words

Comments

  1. On learning new words:

    When I was a junior high school spelling God and my brother was 5, I used to torture him like this:

    Me: Eeew, you look autochthonous today, Dave.
    Him: …What does that mean?
    Me: Nothing. It just means you look indigenous.
    Him: …Huh?
    Me: I'm just saying you look aboriginal.
    Him: MOM!!! PETE'S CALLING ME NAMES!!!

    Now he's got a gigantic vocabulary. My point is, your siblings didn't harass you enough.

  2. I'm an English major currently enrolled in Philosophy and Art History, and I find both interesting and both full of boring details. As far as not finishing books or other things, I do that too. My reason is a secretly don't want them to just be over, so if I don't finish them they last indefinently.

  3. I'm an English major currently enrolled in Philosophy and Art History, and I find both interesting and both full of boring details. As far as not finishing books or other things, I do that too. My reason is a secretly don't want them to just be over, so if I don't finish them they last indefinently.

  4. Played on the ATP tour from '89-94.
    Just remember: follow-through (which segues nicely into your #5).

    Also, don't stand up on the ball. Hit through first.

    Why only Plato to Pascal? Not interested at all in Kierkegaard or Schopenhauer? Mann, perhaps? No? Ok.

    In Art History in college I had a professor with a German accent who pronounced "Pantheon" as "panty-on." That ruined the course for me.

    Studying film: start with Lumiere, check out Eisenstein's "Battleship Potemkin," definitely scope out Dziga Vertov's "Man with a Movie Camera," try out Leni Reifenstahl despite her, ahem, "affiliation" with a certain Evil Empire, take a peek at Dali's and Bunuel's "Un Chien Andalou," gander at some Dada filmmakers, definitely try to get into French New Wave (Truffaut, Goddard, Chabrol, Rivette, Rohmer, also Jean Renoir and Jean Vigo–not New Wavers, but still), and of course the all-time heavyweights: Bergman, Rossellini, Fellini, Polanski, Coppolla, Scorsese, Altman, D.A. Pennebaker…Oi! There are too many.

    Sincerely,
    Your Friendly Comment Whore

  5. Just took a final in Art Hist. I was initially intimidated, but loved it in the end. It is fascinating how the crap we leave behind can tell a story hundreds of years later.

    BTW-I really enjoy your blog. It's the only one I read daily.

  6. It's funny…thinking about Damocle's Sword and the Midwest in the same sentence only brings to mind connotations of Red State, God-fearing ideology. They try to disguise these things, you know. Miserable Bastards!

    Long live HST.

  7. I know exactly what your talking about – except for the tennis lessons. I've never played in my entire life.
    Have a good week! Jules

  8. What Suze Ormon says is nice and all but a more technical understanding of economics and markets, like those who work on Wall St. have, would serve you better. You're smart enough to learn. Although after you become a bestselling author you'll beable to afford a good financial advisor.

  9. In the midwest back in the early 90's in school there was a push to get kids to be more culturally literate. Basically, it was teaching a kid what it meant to be under Damocele's Sword or what it meant when something went "the way do-do" I wish that wouldn't have gone away. I have a dictionary of Cultural Literacy. Facinating reference book.

  10. "There he goes. One of God's own prototypes. Some kind of high powered mutant never even considered for mass production. Too weird to live, and too rare to die."

    "You better take care of me Lord, if you don't you're gonna have me on your hands."

    ~~(__)8>

  11. Is red bad? What if blue fucks me over, then I guess I was supposed to vote green? If this blog was Hell's Kitchen and not Manhattan, we wouldn't be allowed to discuss politics. And since I hate discussing them…this ends here for me.

  12. I agree with Mike2 or Mike1a. A good understanding of investments and returns on investments is key. Learn it so you'll have the Goldman-Sachs douchebags by the dick figuratively as well as literally.

  13. Money wise, Oprah magazine this month is entirely dedicated to $$$! So good timing!

    And also, Suze has a new book coming out in March (you see the Librarian coming out in me..) called "The Money Book for the Young, Fabulous and Broke" that looks pretty good – http://www.suzeorman.com/books_young.asp

    Over here in Australia we don't have Fico scores but Suze seems totally obsessed by them…!

    It is a good mix of a list though!

  14. i have a film recommendation for you….well, the word film is used loosely here, it was actually shown on polish television. nonetheless, it's brilliant and required viewing for anyone interested in film as an art form.
    check out Kieslowski's 10 episode masterpiece….The Decalogue. i sound like rogert ebert, sorry about that. it's good stuff, though, trust me!

  15. I hate to sound like a prig, but I think you meant, in the first item, "from Plato to Pascal," not the other way around.

  16. I'm secretly interested in:

    1. philosophy, from Homer Simpson to the family Guy
    2. in blowing glass, but I fear I'll get bored in the details
    3. sex, not clean sex but porn sex.  I need the Jenna Jamieson book on How to Make Love Like a Porn Star.
    4. teaching writing to young B-O-Y-S
    5. why I rarely finish blow jobs OR hand jobs
    6. taking accordion lessons again
    7. learning to play the xylophone
    8. computer programming books
    9. dentistry, studying it
    10. learning new swear words in different languages

  17. Yeah, but you're not smart enough for any of these things. Especially given how long you have to spend on hair and makeup to camoflauge your god-given unattractiveness!

  18. "4. teaching writing to young girls"

    In that case, will you show me a thing or two? Writing is my passion.

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