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Thursday, September 07, 2006

Coincident opinions culled from mostly recent reading:

Pauline Kael and Glenn Gould both referred to Barbra Streisand as "intense." In a good way. Right on.

Circa 1970, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant thought of Joni Mitchell as the best songwriter around. Dave Van Ronk thought of her as the best songwriter to emerge from the '60s folk music. "Best" is a lonely word, but she's one of them, no doubt.

That Thing You Do came out, I was touched by the review in a local alt-weekly by Claire Dederer; her brother was in the popular band Presidents of the United States, and she spoke of how the scene of the bandmates going bananas the first time they heard their song on the radio really rang true. Recently Terry Teachout wrote, "Steven Kloves’ The Fabulous Baker Boys and Tom Hanks’ That Thing You Do both remind me so strongly of episodes from my own life that I can’t watch them without being plunged into autobiographical reverie." I really enjoyed the movie but heartfelt gratitude for its verisimilitude to life wasn't among my immediate reactions. It's great that Dederer and Teachout put that out there.

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