John Timpane: Here Comes Everything!

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Gender MALE
Industry Communications or Media
Occupation Media Writer/Editor, Philadelphia Inquirer
Location New Jersey, United States
Introduction Reserved for poetry and fiction and other literary productions. Also, maybe, music, but we'll see. Hope you like 'em. JT is husband of one, father of two, walker of two dogs; brother to eight by blood, several more because we're other kinds of sibs; toodler on flute, strummer on guitar, thunderer on bass (our band is called CAR RADIO DOG), scribbler in essays, poems, tunes; hard trier in the Features Department of the Philadelphia Inquirer; wearer of funny hats
Interests Just about everything. But also writing, poetry, music, languages, art, history, politics, science (especially genetics, evolutionary biology, cosmology, and physics), dancing (salsa and other Latin dance), card games, Sudoku and Ken-Ken, architecture, drama (bigtime).
Favorite Movies So many . . . Shadow of a Doubt, Il Postino, Four Weddings and a Funeral; the Godfather movies; Amarcord; Holiday (the 1938 one, although the 1930 version is fabulous, too), All Quiet on the Western Front; Il Postino; The Good Humor Man; Hellzapoppin'; Chinatown; Casablanca; Chariots of Fire; Annie Hall; Hannah and Her Sisters; State of Play; L.A. Confidential and the whole noir genre, including The Maltese Falcon, The Big Sleep, DOA, Narrow Margin, Tell No One, Repulsion, Goodbye, My Lovely, Dark Passage, Dead Reckoning; The Lord of the Ring films; All the '30s and '40s wacky comedies; The Marx Brothers; Chaplin; Keaton (Buster); the original King Kong; pre-Code films; Freaks; The Wreck of the Mary Deare; A Room with a View; On the Waterfront; The Coen Brothers; anything directed by Preston Sturges, Satjavit Ray, or Michael Moore; Some Like It Hot; The Big Valley; Peter Brook's King Lear . . . so many I shall stop
Favorite Music My band is Car Radio Dog ( Tastes: just about anything, but if you listen to my pop music you will hear strands of jazz, Brazilian, African, Beatles/Kinks/Who/Stones, Stevie Wonder, dance, roots, blues, zydeco, country, understated funk, Beach Boys, barbershop, They Might Be Giants, Take Six, Sufjan Stevens, Joni Mitchell, EWF, Milton Nascimento, Regina Elis, Sting, Les Ambassadeurs Internationaux, Commander Obey, LeHangfoddn Mengfutzl . . . the one important influence the pop stuff doesn't carry is classical, to which I'm very committed. I play flute (classically trained), guitar (self), bass (had to), keyboards (when absolutely required), drums (actually some training), sax (about 40 years ago), floondish. And I sing, although my high voice is apparently unsuited for most applications. Played bass in Snapperhead Zydeco 1995-2007. Now play bass for Riverside.
Favorite Books Brothers K, Absalon, Absalon!, Brothers K, Absalom, Absalom!, The Sound and the Fury, Les Miserables, Little Dorrit, Clarissa, The Plague, The Way We Live Now, The Aubrey-Maturin Novels, Devil in the White City, The "Millennium Trilogy" by Stieg Larson, Anna Karenina, The Alexandria Quartet, the novels of Charles Williams, Virgina Woolf (Between the Acts and The Waves), Ernest Hemingway (A Farewell to Arms), Anthony Trollope (The Pallisers; The Way We Live Now), George Eliot (everything), Robero Bolano (Savage Detectives, 2666), Juan Rulfo (Pedro Paramo), Maria Vargas Llosa (Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriters), Marquez (everything), Allende, Amelie Nothomb (Tokyo, Fiance), Gunther Grass despite everything, or maybe not), Dostoyevsky, Conrad, Camus (NOT Sartre, the poseur) . . . also Buber's I and Thou, the gospel and letters of John, Imitatio Christi, the Psalms, the collected poetry of Frost, Sappho, Catullus, Lucretius, Vergil, Horace, Kalidasa, the T'ang Dynasty poets, Chaucer, Boccaccio, Dante, Donne, Ben Jonson, Edmund Spenser, Shakespeare, Sam Jonson, Wordsworth, Dickenson, Whitman, Tennyson, Reverdy, Pessoa, Auden, Eliot, Frost, Plath, Bishop, Octavio Paz, Pablo Neruda, Eugenio Montale, Zbigniew Herbert, Ammons, and many, many, many others . . .

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