Did I mention that everyone and their dog should see The Quiet Man? Of course I did. *g* It's a gem, completely. Maureen O'Hara was at her most beautiful, and her voice with its lovely accent is captivating. She plays the feisty Mary Kate so incredibly, guh. She's gorgeous. And I am so very much NOT a John Wayne fan, but I love him in this. The fact that he took a fifty percent pay cut makes me feel just a little better about him, despite his ultra right-wingedness.
And anyway, I can't help but love this film, because it was programmed into my brain at a very young age (it's my mum's favourite movie, I mean, she actually recorded the sound from it when it was on television and would play the audiotape over and over and over). I'll always be grateful that it was, especially because despite all its stereotyped quaintisms (is that a word?) it started me on my lifelong love for Ireland and Irish history. Probably one of the reasons I was so drawn to Cape Breton is because it looks a lot like Western Ireland, which is one of the other most gorgeous places on the planet.
I found the best analysis of the film I've ever seen. Well, okay, I've never actually seen a serious analysis. I didn't know they existed. Yay for film studies essays by geeky English professors. Someone talk me out of ordering Poetry and ideology in Revolutionary Connecticut, okay?
Oh, and speaking of books, In other news, I'm almost finished reading Michael Adams' Fire and Ice (which if for nothing else, is worth reading because it contains the phrase "America being America").
I really like it; it makes me Think About Stuff, which is the goal of any good nonfiction (and hey, fiction!) writer. Someday I'll write my own essay on the questionable wisdom of sticking "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness" into a national document and how E Pluribus Unum can be interpreted in ways that are threatening to individual cultures in America. I'll probably post it here; feel free to skip it if you don't want to be bored. :) The downside is that the guy comes across as a little biased; Michael Adams/Canada is a bit of a dysfunctional ship, IMO, but the stats done by his research group seem accurate.
Um. Oh, yeah, the point. I took the social values survey (I think this was used for his first book, Sex in the Snow) and I also took the Fire and Ice survey.
The social values survey says I'm in the Autonomous Rebels group (definition here). Yay, I'm in the same club as John Lennon, MLK and David Suzuki, go me.
The Fire and Ice survey says I'm in the Idealism and Autonomy quadrant (definition here).
Fire and Ice says that the Idealism and Idealism and Autonomy quadrant is where most Canadians fall. It also says that New England is closest to Canada in its place on the sociocultural map, so I guess it's a pretty accurate description, me being from New England, and all.
There's a very interesting interview with Michael Adams here. It's not great quality, but definitely worth it. Ignore the guy in the intro; sai Adams is much more eloquent. One of the things he says is that "America has gone from being the first among equals to merely the first." Gotta agree with him there. I hope it'll change, and soon. Michael Adams doesn't think so, and he's the statistician, not me, but still. *hopes* He also says that there's a general trend toward nihilism in the US and that the Conservative movement is an attempt to reverse it. God, I hope not.
Oh, and one more thing, and I just know I'm gonna be sorry for this:
A meme from alfirin_kirinki:
If my LJ/life were a fandom...
a. Who would people ship me with?
b. Who would be my arch-nemesis?
c. What would a Mary Sue in my fandom be like?
d. When or how did I/will I jump the shark?
e. Write a one sentence summary of the story that would win the Best Fanfic Award in my fandom.
f. What would a typical badfic involve?
g. Who would be the BNFs in my fandom?
h. Why would my fandom end up on fandom_wank?
Okay, time to get dressed and go to dinner with my Oldest Child.