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Mena Suvari: American Beauty and Season 4(?) of Six Feet Under. Mira Sorvino is the one with talent.

I always confuse Dermot Mulroney with Dylan McDermott.


Mary Louise Parker and Mary Louise Wilson are my current favorite mixups.

And the difference between now and not very long ago was that girl making a "Veronica Mars" video now actually gets to make one and distribute it herself over the internet. Only 10 years ago, the technology would have been prohibitively expensive and the distribution outlets didn't exist. There are going to be some interesting new artists who are not the usual suspects, thank god.

Kevin Wolf

Anybody writing or thinking about art has to take the popular arts into consideration. Those who don't I find very hard to take seriously.

The overlap - and there is one, trust me - between "low" and "high" art is the crucible where great art is sometimes forged.

Michael Bains

I've often wondered how different my life would've been had I been into Bob Ezrin and Burt Bacharach than their Kiss and Manilow money puppets.

And then I read a comment like Kevin's, and remember that I'm not dead yet. No Regrets. Just get on the stick.

(This is a great post with which to start a new year!)


Actors he knows. Titles? Not so much.

Me too. It's very frustrating, when the title is floating out there, just beyond reach of the tongue - taunting you. More frustrating when you get into a "no, that other one they were in, no, no dammit, you know the one I mean" kind of conversations.

Mike Schilling

Someone with your appreciation of blondes has never heard of Mena Suvari? (She was the young, ungodly sexy thing in American Beauty.)


Here's an interesting speech discussing much the same thing: when is something recognized as art? It was the keynoter at a Bowling Green Conference on Romance in 2000 by author Jayne Ann Krentz. Right off the top:

During the twenty-odd (sometimes very odd) years that I have been writing romance and romantic-suspense, I have watched my genre take its rightful place alongside the other genres of popular fiction such as mystery and suspense, thrillers, science fiction, etc. The answer to the question, "Are We There Yet" for romance is, YES. It has, as they say in the marketing business, been mainstreamed.

How do I know this? By the same evidence that tells me that the other genres have been mainstreamed:

The books at the bestselling end of the market have moved from paperback into hardcover. The cover art at the bestselling end has become sophisticated and stylish. The books are now regularly reviewed in several newspapers and in such forums as Library Journal, Kirkus, Publisher's Weekly, People Magazine and USA TODAY.

It's a very good speech. I found it quoted in full at LibraryThing and looked up a link.

She's talking about romance novels, but the same speech could have been given in the 1960s about SF&F or in the 1950s about mysteries.


Excellent post, Lance.


i dont have any idea about art history

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