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    Quote Originally Posted by Ivy View Post
    I can ride with this, to a degree, but isn't a work always part of a larger context? Not just the author's life and personality. I find Mary Shelley's life to be fascinating but I can't stand her as an author, for the most part, but at the same time she is an "important" author because of where/when/why she wrote and who she affected, if not a particularly good one IMO.
    Yes and no. I acknowledge work as important and influential that I don't personally enjoy. Television are a very influential band. I don't care much for them. Lots of people hate Ayn Rand (just look at this thread; I am not big on her myself), but she is way more influential in terms of Western society of the last 50 years than all but a handful of writers. And, by all accounts, she was a raging bitch. These aspects don't really enter into my critical faculties when deciding whether something is good or bad, though. That has a different meaning for me. I can also separate between "I like this" and "This is great." They usually coincide, but it's not necessarily so.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EffEmDoubleyou View Post
    Ayn Rand
    Yes.

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    Richard Dawkins
    Yes.

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    Hahaha! Yes.

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    NPR, in general, sucks.
    WRONG!

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    Garden State sucks.
    You are correct. It really does suck. It sucks in a way that makes me deeply sad.

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    Sufjan Stevens doesn't suck outright, but his vibe smacks of 3rd grade extra credit project, and every damn song sounds exactly like Simon and Garfunkel's "The Boxer."
    WRONG! Very wrong! SO WRONG!


    Things that are overrated...

    Phish
    The Grateful Dead
    The Lord of the Rings (films and books. I like them well enough but don't get the devoted fandom.)
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    Marijuana
    LA
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    NPR? Really? People listen to it all day long at work, and it's a big MEH most of the time.

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    And I actually agree with this writer that Sufjan Stevens is to indie rock as Zach Braff is indie film; they aren't terrible, but who decides that they speak to my generation (and, more specifically, to me)? They're precious. I don't like my artists to be precious.

    Chicago Maroon | Let's be objective here: Sufjan Stevens sucks.

    "To find the answer, look to Sufjan’s film counterpart in overrated indie stars: Zach Braff. Like Sufjan, Braff has been called the voice of his generation, a title his flick Garden State doesn’t merit. The reason Braff is called that is not because he is the voice of his generation, but because he seems to be. Braff has called himself the voice of his generation, and since he tried to express that in a movie, who are we to question him?"
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    That reminds me. Hemingway. Love some of his short stories, but hate his novels. I want the hours of my life back that I spent reading A Farewell to Arms, hoping against hope that it would get better, since it was a FREAKING CLASSIC. I hated that stupid nurse character that did nothing but call him darling all the time. It's like he'd never met a woman in real life before. He did have a cool house with lots of awesome six toed cats, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tallulah View Post
    That reminds me. Hemingway. Love some of his short stories, but hate his novels. I want the hours of my life back that I spent reading A Farewell to Arms, hoping against hope that it would get better, since it was a FREAKING CLASSIC. I hated that stupid nurse character that did nothing but call him darling all the time. It's like he'd never met a woman in real life before. He did have a cool house with lots of awesome six toed cats, though.
    It was all overcompensation for the small penis.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pure_mercury View Post
    Lots of people hate Ayn Rand (just look at this thread; I am not big on her myself), but she is way more influential in terms of Western society of the last 50 years than all but a handful of writers.
    If she's responsible for Western society than that's just another reason to dislike her work. She takes a thread of truth and then ruins it by wedding it to her absurd notions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by heart View Post
    If she's responsible for Western society than that's just another reason to dislike her work. She takes a thread of truth and then ruins it by wedding it to her absurd notions.
    I like her politics, somewhat like her work (The Fountainhead, Anthem, We the Living), but I really dislike the philosophical aspects of Objectivism. And she and her cabal of Objectivists late in her life were a bunch of jerks, pretty much.
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    About half to 2/3 the books I had ot read for English classes in school.

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    I totally did not get why Things Fall Apart was supposed to be so great.
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    One I forgot on my list:

    Any light pop soul ballad that begins with a mellow electric piano, and female vocalist going, "hoooooooOOOOOooooo, hoooooo hoooooooo" in an airy voice. Which may or may not be followed by a "mmmmmmmm, mmmmmmhhhmmm hhhmmm..."

    I think I've just eliminated 22% of popular music over the last couple decades.
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