I've been reading Chronicles, the Bob Dylan book. What an interesting mind. (I'm proud to say I know him; he's in the Rolodex.) He's so vivid and you feel like you're right there at the beginning of the '60s. You're reading history from someone who made it. I just read A Dead Man in Deptford by Anthony Burgess. Incredible that he didn't start writing until his 40s because he was misdiagnosed with a terminal disease and retired from his military career. He said, 'Well, maybe I'll try writing.' All this incredible stuff came pouring out of him. A very interesting take on Christopher Marlowe and those times of Shakespeare. Poetry: Seamus Heaney's The Burial at Thebes: A Version of Sophocles' Antigone. To me he is the best kind of poet. He is a real dreamer. [He has] that Irish predilection for darkness - yet still holds on to that joy of life. A really unique voice.
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I forgot how great Van Morrison's "Astral Weeks" is. He wrote it in three days! Them, Van Morrison's first band, have got a double CD with everything they recorded. I have to say, Mick Jagger's early years are not that impressive when you listen to Them. He's just straight up imitating Van the man. I was very confused by Genesis in the early days - I remember throwing an 8-track of "Selling England by the Pound" out of the window onto the Ventura Freeway in L.A. - but now I can't get enough of it. I'd like to plug Goshen, a folk-rock band led by Grant Hayunga.
Finding Nemo is one of the best screenplays in 20 years. The Incredibles is also fantastic. I can't stop watching Anchorman. Will Ferrell, I love you - run away with me!