July 08, 2004

That Teachout List

Some of these pairs I know neither of, or know both and care for neither. Others fall into the "Would you rather sleep with a pillow or the window open?" category. All of them are clearly thought provoking, altho, as one commentor to the original post indicated, the Who and the Stones are but points on a spectrum. Elvis and the Beatles, and the Beatles and the Stones were suggested; other polar combinations from the same realm are certainly possible.

I've seen a number of responses to this already. Altho I am doing this bareheaded I will note that it was astray occurance of it which inspired to post my own responses.

1. Fred Astaire or Gene Kelly?

Kelly, for the rotating room. Bling over smoove, as it were.

2. The Great Gatsby or The Sun Also Rises?

Sun, lesser evil.

3. Count Basie or Duke Ellington?

The one Edward Kennedy worthy of the title Duke.

4. Cats or dogs?

We haven't been without multiple cats in 30 years. I love Hunter, and miss her while she's away this month, but I wouldn't seek out a canine as a pet.

5. Matisse or Picasso?


6. Yeats or Eliot?


7. Buster Keaton or Charlie Chaplin?


8. Flannery O’Connor or John Updike?

Wouldn't know

9. To Have and Have Not or Casablanca?

I don't know To Have and Have Not, but I can't imagine it replacing my all-time favorite.

10. Jackson Pollock or Willem de Kooning?


11. The Who or the Stones?

The Who; as noted above

12. Philip Larkin or Sylvia Plath?

I doubt I'd care for either of them

13. Trollope or Dickens?

Dickens, but only in small doses

14. Billie Holiday or Ella Fitzgerald?

Regardless how good Ella Fitzgerald was, Lady Day was special

15. Dostoyevsky or Tolstoy?

Can I answer Lermontov?

16. The Moviegoer or The End of the Affair?

I know neither

17. George Balanchine or Martha Graham?

I know neither

18. Hot dogs or hamburgers?

Hamburgers. I sprinkle the patties with sausage seasoning, and grill over lump charcoal.

19. Letterman or Leno?

Steve Allen, especially given that I know neither as personalities. I like Leno's approach to spending a fortune on automobiles.

20. Wilco or Cat Power?

I know neither

21. Verdi or Wagner?

I'd rather sleep with the window open.

22. Grace Kelly or Marilyn Monroe?


23. Bill Monroe or Johnny Cash?

Johnny was, at his best a far better singer, but for overall contribution I'd take Bill Monroe. Open choice on the category? Doc Watson

24. Kingsley or Martin Amis?


25. Robert Mitchum or Marlon Brando?


26. Mark Morris or Twyla Tharp?

I know neither

27. Vermeer or Rembrandt?


28. Tchaikovsky or Chopin?


29. Red wine or white?

A wee dram of island single malt. No ice. As much water as ice.

30. Noël Coward or Oscar Wilde?

"Only the modern can ever be truly out of date." Oscar Wilde

31. Grosse Pointe Blank or High Fidelity?

I know neither

32. Shostakovich or Prokofiev?


33. Mikhail Baryshnikov or Rudolf Nureyev?

I know neither

34. Constable or Turner?

I know neither well enough to judge; I recall liking both.

35. The Searchers or Rio Bravo?

I know neither

36. Comedy or tragedy?

I know neither...

But seriously, folks, comedy

37. Fall or spring?


38. Manet or Monet?


39. The Sopranos or The Simpsons?

I enjoy a bit of Simpsons now and again. I doubt I'd bother watching the Sopranos if I had access.

40. Rodgers and Hart or Gershwin and Gershwin?

The Gershwins

41. Joseph Conrad or Henry James?


42. Sunset or sunrise?


43. Johnny Mercer or Cole Porter?


44. Mac or PC?

PC - Mine are assembled from scavenged, purchased and carried forward components.

45. New York or Los Angeles?

I can barely tolerate Chicago. I would not care to visit either of those two again.

46. Partisan Review or Horizon?

I know neither

47. Stax or Motown?

Stax Bling over smoove, as it were.

48. Van Gogh or Gauguin?

Van Gogh

49. Steely Dan or Elvis Costello?

The earlier one, from Yokahama

50. Reading a blog or reading a magazine?


51. John Gielgud or Laurence Olivier?


52. Only the Lonely or Songs for Swingin’ Lovers?

I have a CD of selected sessions with Red Norvo which is my pick when I wish to listen to the Chairman.

53. Chinatown or Bonnie and Clyde?

I know neither; from what I've heard, Chinatown

54. Ghost World or Election?

I know neither

55. Minimalism or conceptual art?

I consider conceptual art to be unattainable

56. Daffy Duck or Bugs Bunny?

That wascally woodland cweature

57. Modernism or postmodernism?


58. Batman or Spider-Man?

Batman. He taught me to read

59. Emmylou Harris or Lucinda Williams?

Emmylou. Again, for area under the curve

60. Johnson or Boswell?


61. Jane Austen or Virginia Woolf?

Jane Austen

62. The Honeymooners or The Dick Van Dyke Show?

Since I've lost weight, I don't need a big belt to hold my pants up any more. I can get by with a little belt. You know I like a little belt now and then.

63. An Eames chair or a Noguchi table?

The chair

64. Out of the Past or Double Indemnity?

I know neither

65. The Marriage of Figaro or Don Giovanni?

I have no use for barbers

66. Blue or green?

67. A Midsummer Night’s Dream or As You Like It?


68. Ballet or opera?

I know neither

69. Film or live theater?


70. Acoustic or electric?


71. North by Northwest or Vertigo?

I know neither

72. Sargent or Whistler?


73. V.S. Naipaul or Milan Kundera?

I know neither

74. The Music Man or Oklahoma?

Last night, driving the wee wifey to work, just about twenty five hours ago, I noticed a billboard advertising a luxury romantic motel. "Either you are closing your eyes to a situation you do not wish to acknowledge, or you are unaware of the caliber of disaster indicated by the presence of pool suites in your community."

75. Sushi, yes or no?

I tried some sushi one time. Took it home, fried it up. Warn't half bad.

76. The New Yorker under Ross or Shawn?

Ross. It's what the R in Emrack stands for.

77. Tennessee Williams or Edward Albee?


78. The Portrait of a Lady or The Wings of the Dove?

On The Wings of a Snow White Dove.

79. Paul Taylor or Merce Cunningham?

I know neither

80. Frank Lloyd Wright or Mies van der Rohe?

He was an @$$hole, and I wouldn't want to live in anything he designed that I've been in but I'd still take Wright.
81. Diana Krall or Norah Jones?

I know neither

82. Watercolor or pastel?


83. Bus or subway?


84. Stravinsky or Schoenberg?


85. Crunchy or smooth peanut butter?


86. Willa Cather or Theodore Dreiser?

I know neither

87. Schubert or Mozart?


88. The Fifties or the Twenties?

I'm loking forward to the Twenties

89. Huckleberry Finn or Moby-Dick?

Dolphin over whale.

90. Thomas Mann or James Joyce?

Thomas Mann

91. Lester Young or Coleman Hawkins?

The Hawk

92. Emily Dickinson or Walt Whitman?

I know neither

93. Abraham Lincoln or Winston Churchill?


94. Liz Phair or Aimee Mann?

I know neither

95. Italian or French cooking?

Italian; both "immigrant" and gourmet.

96. Bach on piano or harpsichord?


97. Anchovies, yes or no?

Yes, in salad rather than on pizza.

98. Short novels or long ones?


99. Swing or bebop?


100. "The Last Judgment" or "The Last Supper"?

The Sedar

Posted by triticale at July 8, 2004 12:12 AM
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