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De Gustibus

Sarah has persuaded me to submit an entry for the The normblog Posterity Collection poll. It is:

1. Poet - Chaucer
2. Playwright - Shakespeare
3. Novelist - E.M. Forster
4. Composer - Beethoven, Bruckner, Mozart, Schubert
5. Jazz musician - Milt Jackson
6. Rock or pop star/group - ABBA
7. Country music ditto
8. Movie director - Michael Powell
9. Painter - Vermeer
10. Photographer
11. Sculptor - Richard Serra
12. Architect

E.M. Forster - really? Strange what this exercise makes you discover about yourself ...

(Actually, I'm distracted by the fact there is no Unicode character for the backwards B in ABBA).

Comments (4) -

  • Mikael Nilsson

    3/29/2009 3:17:04 AM |

    ߘ is only halfway there, but adba works... :-P

  • Doug Mahugh

    3/29/2009 2:39:37 PM |

    Why no nominations from you for photographer or architect?  I wouldn't dare do this exercise myself, because most of the categories fall squarely in my areas of greatest ignorance, but for photographer my choice would be Sebastio Salgado.

    Regarding Forster, coincidentally I was reminded during at our meetings in Prague this week of his line "if only they were all like that, each thought."  Something to aspire to.

  • Alex

    3/29/2009 3:07:41 PM |


    I pay very little attention to architects, and I just have never thought of a photographer's work as a whole (except perhaps Adams). I will check out Salgado.

    E.M. Forster is a faulty, clunky novelist - very much of the second tier. And yet, he aims high - there's something about his works which is compelling (at least to me). I'd have thought outside England he might be viewed as unbearable English.

  • John Scholes

    3/30/2009 11:33:58 PM |

    Or Unicode 15FA for a kind-of backwards B.  ᗺ (part of Canadian aboriginal syllabics)


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