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Friday five - artworks edition

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1. What is your favorite poem? Can you recite part of it from memory?
2. What is your favorite work of visual art? Can you sketch some of it from memory?
3. What is your favorite piece of music? Can you sing or hum any of it from memory? Bonus points if you can sing a line of harmony from it.
4. What is your favorite dance form? Can you dance it yourself, however badly, or is it something for which you are mostly a spectator?
5. What is your favorite work of literature? Have you committed any of it to memory?

1. Not a big fan of poetry unless it's light in tone and I don't need to debate the deeper meaning. I do love "Smart" by Shel Silverstein, though. Can I recite it from memory? Only the last couple of lines

2. Pierre August-Cot's The Storm. I have to go see it when I go to the Met. I can't sketch, draw or doodle diddly squat. My brain can see it like it's right in front of me but my hands can't create it

3. I love about any well-done version of Carol of the Bells. I can sing a line but I don't want to kill anyone.
4. Tribal fusion bellydance and yes I can. The one thing I can do of any artistic-type talent. Not spectacularly, mind you, but I can do it ok as long as I don't freeze up.
5. Harry Potter counts, right? Half Blood Prince is my favorite and while I don't have particular lines memorized, I know the story well. 


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May. 8th, 2015 10:42 pm (UTC)
out of interest what is it do you think about the story that makes Harry Potter so internationally and persistently popular. I've heard people say it's the Good Versus Evil thing but most stories are like that - any thoughts?
May. 8th, 2015 10:52 pm (UTC)
Actually, the "good versus evil" isn't what draws me to it. Sure, you know Harry is "good" and Voldemort is "evil" but the more interesting characters and parts of the story are all the people in between such as Snape who is an ass but he's actually good and Sirius who can't even seem to be defined either way - he's good, but he's no saint. There are also a lot of good lessons about how you can be quirky and yet worthwhile - like Neville and Luna

I also like all the little clever things that JK puts in like "Diagon Alley" and "Knockturn Alley" that you don't always catch why the names are clever the first time around.
May. 8th, 2015 11:04 pm (UTC)
ta, so it's the characters for you. I was trying to think if there's was anyway we could cash in. ;)
May. 9th, 2015 12:58 am (UTC)
As long as you can write good complex characters, you can totally cash in ;)
May. 9th, 2015 01:44 pm (UTC)
I think I grew up next to one of the most wealthy most unflinchingly pure-blood Gryffindors, who due to his immense wealth and non-muggleness could command a marriage with the most Slytherin of Slytherin Families. The Slytherin Girl he married was one of four beautiful and genuinely evil Slytherin sisters [one of whom allegedly had Voldermort's baby] and it was basically a massive decade long family feud between an intermarried Slytherin-Gryffindor Family which ended up with quite a lot of them being dead. It's like Downtown Abbey with Deatheaters. Plus if you want to cross their land you have to have their family mark stamped on you
....which looks like I've got a deatheater mark on my hand.
I've often wondered if I could steal it all and cash in.
May. 9th, 2015 05:36 pm (UTC)
Yep! That's IT - you're being friended. Even though you're from a combination of those two high-falutin houses and I'm a half-blood Ravenclaw. Deal with it!

Love the tat, BTW
May. 9th, 2015 07:53 pm (UTC)
Ravenclaws are awesome, I wish I was a Ravenclaw they're nice and smart.

I'm such a Gryffindor [probably a Weasley on account of the sheer amount of twins in the family, I myself am a twin] but allegiance to the joint Gryffindor-Slytherin House led to outward signs of Slytheriness. My school colours were black,grey and green, with green and black striped tie, to the point that I've worn my uniform just with added evil eye-liner to Costume Parties as a member Slytherin....it's my emergency costume for short-notice parties and Halloween outfit.
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