Tuesday, August 26, 2003

In the Bag

Terry Teachout writes today:
Time again for "In the Bag," my personal variant of the old desert-island game, featuring a twist of the wrist. In this version, the emphasis is on immediate and arbitrary preference. You can put five works of art into your bag before departing for that good old desert island, but you have to decide right this second. No dithering—the death squad is banging on the front door. No posturing—you have to say the first five things that pop into your head, no matter how dumb they may sound. What do you stuff in the bag?

As of this moment, here are my picks. I don’t mind admitting (well, maybe a little bit) that one of them is kind of dopey. Nevertheless, I swore I’d tell the whole truth and nothing but, so here goes nothing:

BOOK: Walker Percy, The Moviegoer

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Sir William Walton, First Symphony

PAINTING: John Singer Sargent, A Study from Life (Egyptian Girl)

MOVIE: Michael Caton-Jones, Doc Hollywood

POP ALBUM: The Band, The Band

Your turn.
Alright, then. Here goes:

BOOK: Sheldon Vanauken, A Severe Mercy

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Aaron Copland, Third Symphony

PAINTING: da Vinci, Mona Lisa. [Trite, I know, but I don't know any other names of paintings, at least none that pop into my head.]

MOVIE: Frank Capra, It's a Wonderful Life

POP MUSIC: Sixpence None the Richer, Divine Discontent


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