Rewrite Woody Allen's "why is life worth living?" speech from "Manhattan"

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Here's the original monologue:

"Well, all right, why is life worth living? That's a very good question. Well, there are certain things I guess that make it worthwhile. Uh, like what? Okay. Um, for me... oh, I would say... what, Groucho Marx, to name one thing... and Willie Mays, and... the second movement of the Jupiter Symphony, and... Louie Armstrong's recording of 'Potatohead Blues'... Swedish movies, naturally... 'Sentimental Education' by Flaubert... Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra... those incredible apples and pears by Cezanne... the crabs at Sam Wo's... Tracy's face..."

Now, jot down your favorite:

seminal influence
hero or heroine
piece of music or album/CD
song (or track) and the musical artist who recorded it
obsession
book and its author
actor
musical artist
specific element of some favorite work of art, music, or body of work
item on the menu at your favorite place to eat or drink
body part of the person you love

Then plug them in:

"Well, all right, why is life worth living? That's a very good question. Well, there are certain things I guess that make it worthwhile. Uh, like what? Okay. Um, for me... oh, I would say... what, [seminal influence], to name one thing... and [hero or heroine], and... [piece of music or album/CD], and... [musical artist]'s recording of [song or track]... [obsession], naturally... '[book]' by [author]... [actor], [musical artist]... [specific element of some favorite work of art, music, or body of work]... [item on the menu] at [your favorite place to eat or drink]... [body part of the person you love]..."

Whew, now I understand why Mad Libs never caught on with adults...

Pete Scholtes, Friday, 7 February 2003 01:52 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"Well, all right, why is life worth living? That's a very good question. Well, there are certain things I guess that make it worthwhile. Uh, like what? Okay. Um, for me... oh, I would say... what, Colin Powell, to name one thing... and the Big Bopper, and... Tubular Bells 2, and... PJ and Duncans's recording of Civil War by G'N'F'n'R... Dog wanking, naturally... "Jamies Kitchen" by Jamie Oliver... Kurt Russell, Cast... the drum production on Husker Du's records. Pasta at the Leftbank, Chris Moyles' twat..."

Lynskey (Lynskey), Friday, 7 February 2003 02:03 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I'm not posting mine but I always thought that speech was really weak.

N. (nickdastoor), Friday, 7 February 2003 02:12 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

No, wait. I think I'm thinking of the one at the end of Hannah & Her Sisters. That definitely sucked.

N. (nickdastoor), Friday, 7 February 2003 02:13 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"..things being taken as read, um, the whole concept of conversation, God, like uh, air hockey, Pasta at the Cafe Bar, gosh...I mean...the films of Danny DeVito...having a book fall on your head, faking your own death, I mean yeah, living in Bristol in the early nineteen eighties....strangulation, Starsailor, strangulation by Starsailor MY CAPS LOCK KEY god look at the sky from here so what are the odds of you sleeping with me then?"

Matt (Matt), Friday, 7 February 2003 02:15 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

This is a great thread. I'll try to answer thoughtfully when this Michael Jackson thing is over.

Jody Beth Rosen (Jody Beth Rosen), Friday, 7 February 2003 02:19 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

That's an odd timeframe.

N. (nickdastoor), Friday, 7 February 2003 02:20 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Choose life. Oh wait, wrong speech.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Friday, 7 February 2003 02:21 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"Well, all right, why is life worth living? That's a very good question. Well, there are certain things I guess that make it worthwhile. Uh, like what? Okay. Um, for me... oh, I would say... what, Trevor Horn, to name one thing... and Martin Bashir, and... Kula Shakers "the sound of drums", and... Marti Pellows's re-recording of Angel Eyes (as seen on TV)... heavy but useful knives, naturally... anything by Andrew Morton... C Thomas Howell, the Wee Papa Girl Rappers... that bit in Ghost Ship where everyone gets ripped in two... Steak Diane at the Happy Eater... the flailing cockbell of Liza Tarbuck..."

This is too much fun.

Lynskey (Lynskey), Friday, 7 February 2003 02:21 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

On second thought, fill in anything you want (but the trick is to still imagine Woody Allen saying it):

Well, all right, why is life worth living? That's a very good question. Well, there are certain things I guess that make it worthwhile. Uh, like what? Okay. Um, for me... oh, I would say... what, my parents, to name one thing... and Joe Strummer, and... my friends Joe and Jon, and... Husker Du's recording of 'Eight Miles High'... Jamaican rocksteady, naturally... 'Night of the Shooting Stars'... , the Minutemen... those steep hills in Duluth... beers at Mickey's Bar in Madison, Wisconsin... Shellie's smile..."

Pete Scholtes, Friday, 7 February 2003 02:30 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Oops, I gave a straight answer. What I meant to say was: "That scene in 'Deep Blue Sea' when Sam Jackson gets eaten by a shark."

Pete Scholtes, Friday, 7 February 2003 02:35 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Yeah, its hearing it in Woody's tones that makes it funny. I'm a massive Manhattan fan.

Lynskey (Lynskey), Friday, 7 February 2003 02:37 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

He learned too late that man is a feeling creature, and because of it the greatest in the universe...

Chris P (Chris P), Friday, 7 February 2003 02:37 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I'm Peter Graves for Biography.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Friday, 7 February 2003 02:38 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"Okay. Um, for me... oh, I would say... what, embarrassment, to name one thing... and guilt, and... shame, and... Heavenly... blankets, naturally... Waugh... Martin Donovan, self-loathing... remorse... mashed potatoes... shoes..."

nabisco (nabisco), Friday, 7 February 2003 05:07 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"Well, all right, why is life worth living? That's a very good question. Well, there are certain things I guess that make it worthwhile. Uh, like what? Okay. Um, for me... oh, I would say... what, ILX, to name one thing... and Bob Dylan, and... Eli and the Thirteenth Confession, and... the Ronettes' "I Wish I Never Saw the Sunshine"... NYC subway history, naturally... dozens of rock review & reference books... Lauren Bacall (rowr), Tom Verlaine... the intricately angled composition of Berenice Abbott photographs... the barbecue sandwiches at Virgil's... the eyes of the next person I fall madly in love with..."

Jody Beth Rosen (Jody Beth Rosen), Friday, 7 February 2003 05:22 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

That was my Mad Libs-style response to the initial question.

Jody Beth Rosen (Jody Beth Rosen), Friday, 7 February 2003 05:23 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"Well, all right, why is life worth living? That's a very good question. Well, there are certain things I guess that make it worthwhile. Uh, like what? Okay. Um, for me... oh, I would say... what, Dawn Powell, to name one thing... and Sue Hammer, and... Dylan's "Universal Soldier", and... Sarah Elizabeth Campbell's recording of "Angel from Montgomery"... multiple orgasms and strawberries dipped in chocolate, naturally... "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay" by Chabon... Owen Wilson and Emma Thompson, Greg Brown... the screaming horse from Guernica... the crab-stuffed portabella mushrooms at Rosa's Pizzaria... Glenn's tongue and David's lips..."

I'm Passing Open Windows (Ms Laura), Friday, 7 February 2003 06:25 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"Uh, like what? Okay. Um, for me... oh, I would say... what, Thomas Pynchon, to name one thing... and Gramsci, and... Jay-Z's Volume 3, and... The Box Tops' recording of "The Letter"... developmental linguistics, naturally... 'Butterfly Stories' by Vollmann... Steve McQueen, Lou Reed... the jump cuts in Godard films... the coffee at cafe sienna... ---'s booty..."

ahem.

Sterling Clover (s_clover), Friday, 7 February 2003 06:42 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Ned, do you know that Mountain Goats song -- I'm pretty sure it's called "Chanson du Bon Chose" -- off Nine Black Poppies with the chorus "I am digging graves, I am digging graves"?

Perhaps you see where I am going with this.

Chris P (Chris P), Friday, 7 February 2003 09:13 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I really need to do this right now...

"Well, all right, why is life worth living? That's a very good question. Well, there are certain things I guess that make it worthwhile. Uh, like what? Okay. Um, for me... oh, I would say... what, The Velvet Undergound, to name one thing... and Sonic Boom, and... Psycho Candy, and... The Crystal's recording of Da Doo Ron Ron... Bobby Gillespie's trousers, naturally... 'Life In The Victorian Country House' by Mark Girouard... Julian Sands, Hilton Betelgeuse... the horn arrangements on Lazer Guided Melodies... Pizza Romana at La Porchetta... Julian Casablancas' ass..."

Har har har! Life is worth living after all!

kate, Friday, 7 February 2003 14:37 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"Well, all right, why is life worth living? That's a very good question. Well, there are certain things I guess that make it worthwhile. Uh, like what? Okay. Um, for me... oh, I would say... what, Groucho Marx, to name one thing... and Richard Meltzer, and... the second side of White Light/White Heat, and... White Hassle's recording of 'Life Is Still Sweet'... Buster Keaton/Jackie Chan movies, naturally... 'Vanity of Duluoz' by Kerouac... Roy Orbison, Louis C.K.... those incredible nudes by Modigliani... the Baighan Barta (sp???)at India House... N's smile (rare though it may be)..."

Horace Mann (Horace Mann), Friday, 7 February 2003 15:24 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Perhaps you see where I am going with this.

"...and between them both, they licked the coffin clean."

Ned Raggett (Ned), Friday, 7 February 2003 15:27 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

can someone please tell me what's so great about
cezanne's stairs ?

piscesboy, Friday, 7 February 2003 15:56 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

ohmygod, I didn't get that at first - maybe because it's so bad!

smee (smee), Friday, 7 February 2003 15:58 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

'Manhattan' is appallingly overrated

the pinefox, Friday, 7 February 2003 22:30 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

No it isn't!

(This is the kind of intelligent artistic debate we need!)

Martin Skidmore (Martin Skidmore), Friday, 7 February 2003 22:38 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Annie Hall is appallingly overrated; Manhattan is slightly overrated; Zelig is probably slightly underrated, but I'd have to see it again to make sure.

Chris P (Chris P), Friday, 7 February 2003 22:54 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Purple Rose of Cairo is my favorite.

Jody Beth Rosen (Jody Beth Rosen), Friday, 7 February 2003 22:59 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"Well, all right, why is life worth living? That's a very good question. Well, there are certain things I guess that make it worthwhile. Uh, like what? Okay. Um, for me... oh, I would say... what, cricket, to name one thing... and CC DeVille, and... Journey, and... Megadeth's recording of I ain't superstitious... making sure I unplugged the stereo and TV at night, naturally... 'Hits of the Eighties' by Guiness... Adam Sandler, J Mascis... the guitar solo on Every Rose Has It's Thorn... Potato Wedges at McDonalds... her nose..."

jel -- (jel), Friday, 7 February 2003 23:33 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

That's as funny as Lynskey's upthread, particularly because I strongly suspect you mean every word, jel.

Martin Skidmore (Martin Skidmore), Friday, 7 February 2003 23:42 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

(I do, I do!! :)

jel -- (jel), Friday, 7 February 2003 23:43 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"Well, all right, why is life worth living? That's a very good question. Well, there are certain things I guess that make it worthwhile. Uh, like what? Okay. Um, for me... oh, I would say... what, Jack Kirby, to name one thing... and Pele and... 'Common People', and... Al Green's recording of How Can You Mend A Broken Heart?... Japanese lacquerware, naturally... 'The 1001 Nights'... Jean Gabin, James Brown... Sesshu's jagged mountains... veal in a white wine and sage sauce"

(I'm not in love just now...)

Martin Skidmore (Martin Skidmore), Saturday, 8 February 2003 00:19 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

wet wet wet/ wot is it something something into yr wishing well

naked as sin (naked as sin), Saturday, 8 February 2003 01:35 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"Well, all right, why is life worth living? That's a very good question. Well, there are certain things I guess that make it worthwhile. Uh, like what? Okay. Um, for me... oh, I would say... what, Madonna, to name one thing... and Marilyn Monroe, and..."Atmosphere" and... Q Lazarus's "Goodbye Horses"... Manolo Blahniks, naturally... 'Fathers and Sons' by Turgenev... Brad Pitt, Andrew WK... the way Jarvis inserts weird sighs and shrieks into every Pulp song... the APple Martinis at Rise... his completely perfect ass..."

(note: I'm not in love but I'm using the guy I'm sleeping with anyway)

Ally (mlescaut), Saturday, 8 February 2003 02:46 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Always amazed at when and where MST3K references pop up on this board...

"Well, all right, why is life worth living? That's a very good question. Well, there are certain things I guess that make it worthwhile. Uh, like what? Okay. Um, for me... oh, I would say... what, foreign movies, to name one thing... and my father, and... Quadrophenia, and... The Ronettes' 'Be My Baby'... italian girls, naturally... 'The Essential Calvin and Hobbes' by Bill Watterson... Robert Duvall in 'Apocalypse Now', The 'Mats... the end sequence of 'Cinema Paradiso'... the 1.50 egg creams at that candy store on A... and... now it gets depressing..."

jm (jtm), Saturday, 8 February 2003 06:28 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"Well, all right, why is life worth living? That's a very good question. Well, there are certain things I guess that make it worthwhile. Uh, like what? Okay. Um, for me... oh, I would say... what, Bill Hicks, to name one thing... and Magda Szubanski, and... My beloved monster and me and... the eel's recording of damn I wish I was your lover... standup comedy naturally... A confederacy of dunces by John Kennedy Toole... Kathy Bates,Ella Fitzgerald... Mike Myer's 'Middle Aged Man' sketch... coffee at bar loki... Jack Nicholson's eyebrows (so I don't have anyone to love at the moment sue me!)..."

nellie (minna), Saturday, 8 February 2003 14:01 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

nine months pass...
this is a great thread!

possible m (mandinina), Thursday, 4 December 2003 17:13 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

gonna watch this tonight.
i'm in THAT sort of mood.

does it not have it's own thread??

pisces, Sunday, 23 September 2007 17:59 (nine years ago) Permalink

"Well, all right, why is life worth living? That's a very good question. Well, there are certain things I guess that make it worthwhile. Uh, like what? Okay. Um, for me... oh, I would say... what, Walt Whitman, to name one thing... and Lenny Bruce, and... Illmatic, and... The Clash's recording of "Jail Guitar Doors"... lolcats, naturally... 'The Sun Also Rises' by Hemingway... Phillip Seymour Hoffman, John Coltrane... the way Miles hits the first high note on "Sketches of Spain"... the Stuffed Poblano at Kerbey Lane... Niki's hips..."

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Sunday, 23 September 2007 18:20 (nine years ago) Permalink

ILE's secret Most Emo Thred.

Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved, Sunday, 23 September 2007 18:25 (nine years ago) Permalink

oh, shit, I was actually planning on watching this later today, as well. Weird.

dell, Sunday, 23 September 2007 18:37 (nine years ago) Permalink

Well it's Sunday night isn't it? I like to think half the world's about to watch it.

pisces, Sunday, 23 September 2007 19:17 (nine years ago) Permalink

hah

dell, Sunday, 23 September 2007 19:34 (nine years ago) Permalink

hoos otm, largely.

kenan, Sunday, 23 September 2007 19:35 (nine years ago) Permalink

"Well, all right, why is life worth living? That's a very good question. Well, there are certain things I guess that make it worthwhile. Uh, like what? Okay. Um, for me... oh, I would say... what, Kraftwerk, to name one thing... and Cary Grant, and... "Super Coming" by the Boredoms, and... Steely Dan... Bergman movies..."

kenan, Sunday, 23 September 2007 19:44 (nine years ago) Permalink

8 1/2. Can I add that? And Orson Welles. And Jacques Tati.

kenan, Sunday, 23 September 2007 19:45 (nine years ago) Permalink

"Well, all right, why is life worth living? That's a very good question. Well, there are certain things I guess that make it worthwhile. Uh, like what? Okay. Um, for me... oh, I would say... what, John Barth, to name one thing... and Jesus, and..."The Crane Wife", and... the Pet Shop Boys' recording of "Where the Streets Have No Name"... whaling, naturally... "The Brothers Karamazov" by Dostoevsky...Clive Owen, M.I.A... the deep sounds rising up about eleven minutes into Rimsky Korsakov's "Russian Easter Overture"... the lamb tikka masala at Spiceroot..."

Maria, Sunday, 23 September 2007 19:53 (nine years ago) Permalink

That grin on Orson Welles face in The Third Man.

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Sunday, 23 September 2007 20:13 (nine years ago) Permalink

i hate this thread

That one guy that hit it and quit it, Sunday, 23 September 2007 20:14 (nine years ago) Permalink

why not.

That one guy that hit it and quit it, Monday, 24 September 2007 14:26 (nine years ago) Permalink

hmm i think i am misinterpreting a little. i think maybe "art" could be thought of like a tool, it's far better for doing somethings with than others. and if it makes you happy isn't that a reason to live? this kind of makes everything a hierachy, which seems wrong. like the smiths lp = 12 points of happy but getting amrried = 100 points or something. i am now thinking of that scene in children of men where clive owen meets his cousin with all the art and then um...

is adolescent pleasure really so bad? hmm i think i am still misinterpreting.

acrobat, Monday, 24 September 2007 14:38 (nine years ago) Permalink

i think of needing reasons to live as a bad thing. like, if you're at the point where you need to count or name things that make life worth living -- not a good sign! and if all you can come up with is not so much art, as specific art-works, then YAAAOOOW. and i think woody is playing us in the film, or owning up that he's played himself and that what *really* matters is the teenage piece of ass he's somehow acquired.

but this thread doesn't carry that narrative function, as it were.

That one guy that hit it and quit it, Monday, 24 September 2007 14:43 (nine years ago) Permalink

I dunno. It feels like there is a hidden suggestion that you dig and discover some more elemental truth about yourself as you get older. Which seems kind of scary and reductive from where I am sitting. Like I'd rather transformation rather than discovery, maybe. And just the possibility that art or whatever can actually be transformative rather than merely a placebo for your hormonal agonies is kind of cool. Maybe that's all it is, kinda cool.

acrobat, Monday, 24 September 2007 14:44 (nine years ago) Permalink

woops that isn't a reply to quits last post

acrobat, Monday, 24 September 2007 14:45 (nine years ago) Permalink

i agree with that, which is why i think making a list of art like woody does is lame. because famously art is not transformative for woody -- it was only transformative when he was young. there are a couple of exceptions, like the stupid 'swedish movies, naturally', like wtf, all of them? consecrating the ephemeral as capital-a Art, that's the thing i'm talking about.

That one guy that hit it and quit it, Monday, 24 September 2007 14:48 (nine years ago) Permalink

consecrating the ephemeral as capital-a Art, that's the thing i'm talking about.

could you explain this a little more. the only woody fiolm i've seen all the way through is Radio Days oddly.

acrobat, Monday, 24 September 2007 14:52 (nine years ago) Permalink

BUNCH OF CULTURAL REFERENCES... ANNOYING NEW YORK REFERENCE... 17-YEAR-OLD CHICK I'M SCHEMING

-- That one guy that hit it and quit it, Sunday, 23 September 2007 20:35 (Yesterday) Link

loool

and what, Monday, 24 September 2007 14:53 (nine years ago) Permalink

I think art vs. people life is a false distinction, because obviously in real life you don't usually have to choose, but I do think it's sadder if it's only art that gives you the reason to live than if it's only people. It's like the classic scenario where your house is burning, and you have to choose whether you save a priceless painting or your cat.

Also, lets not forget that in many cases art is a collective experience: movies, gigs, dancing, etc. Often it's hard and pointless to make the distinction between "art experience" and "human connection".

Tuomas, Monday, 24 September 2007 14:56 (nine years ago) Permalink

The Only Thing Worth Living For ... http://youtube.com/watch?v=qWyBxrZLwtE

sexyDancer, Monday, 24 September 2007 14:59 (nine years ago) Permalink

cats arent people, tuomas

and what, Monday, 24 September 2007 14:59 (nine years ago) Permalink

Basically, I love art and when I feel low and people can't reach me - and obviously as quit it says if you're at the point where you need to count or name things that make life worth living -- not a good sign! - but when I am at that point then I do find that art (by which I mean music and film and architecture) does offer me a way back to feeling human again. Having recently watched my father pass away I have to say I found the ability of some art to do this for me extremely helpful.

Ned Trifle II, Monday, 24 September 2007 20:35 (nine years ago) Permalink

He hated Woody Allen films incidentally. But loved trad jazz. So you see they could have found something in common through art!

Ned Trifle II, Monday, 24 September 2007 20:37 (nine years ago) Permalink

you guys upthread are being ridiculous, the speech clearly lists a bunch of social/personal things along with art and whatnot

J.D., Tuesday, 25 September 2007 05:08 (nine years ago) Permalink

but hey obv life would be better if art and movies and music didn't exist and we all just sat around a big table enjoying each other's company

J.D., Tuesday, 25 September 2007 05:09 (nine years ago) Permalink

tuomas is totally otm; u guys are all weird for trying to separate out "art" from "people" or whatever

max, Tuesday, 25 September 2007 05:16 (nine years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

"whaling, naturally"

LOL

Pete Scholtes, Wednesday, 4 March 2009 21:42 (seven years ago) Permalink

BUNCH OF CULTURAL REFERENCES... ANNOYING NEW YORK REFERENCE... 17-YEAR-OLD CHICK I'M SCHEMING

― That one guy that hit it and quit it, Sunday, September 23, 2007 4:35 PM (1 year ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

abebe¿abebe (and what), Wednesday, 4 March 2009 21:45 (seven years ago) Permalink

I do still need to read Sentimental Education

Dr Morbius, Wednesday, 4 March 2009 21:45 (seven years ago) Permalink

I hate this thread.

kenan, Wednesday, 4 March 2009 21:53 (seven years ago) Permalink

Aimless IS otm, and that's the whole point of the scene. His listing his favorite artwork is just a parlor game, no more reasons to live that Mary's "Academy of the Overrated." It's exactly the same noise. So that's why when he gets to the point in his list where there's an actual person, he has an "OMG!" moment and goes running down the street.

kenan, Wednesday, 4 March 2009 21:57 (seven years ago) Permalink

Only he's STILL wrong, because his impulse is to go try to suck some more life out of someone who has everything ahead of her, instead of taking stock, admitting his soul-crushing vapidness, and swallowing a whole bottle of seconal.

kenan, Wednesday, 4 March 2009 22:02 (seven years ago) Permalink

Kids, I'm so glad you understand the pathos at the heart of Manhattan, but please stop reading it into everyone else partaking of my Madlib, thanks.

Pete Scholtes, Wednesday, 4 March 2009 22:09 (seven years ago) Permalink

I suppose I did just say it's a parlor game, didn't I?

kenan, Wednesday, 4 March 2009 22:18 (seven years ago) Permalink

"partaking of my madlib"

i'm not going to pay a lot for this muffler (elmo argonaut), Wednesday, 4 March 2009 23:03 (seven years ago) Permalink

lolcats, naturally.

been HOOS, where yyyou steene!? (BIG HOOS aka the steendriver), Wednesday, 4 March 2009 23:10 (seven years ago) Permalink

"Well, all right, why is life worth living? That's a very good question. Well, there are certain things I guess that make it worthwhile. Uh, like what? Okay. Um, for me... oh, I would say... what, Sifl & Ollie, to name one thing... and Bruce Haack, and... "Space Ritual", and... The Velvet Undergrounds's recording of "Sunday Morning"... Taco Bell, naturally... 'The Secret Doctrine' by H.P.Blavatsky... Charlize Theron, James Brown... the record-store scene in "A Clockwork Orange"...the sesame chicken at Chinese Buddha... that weird bump on my head..."

Adam Bruneau, Thursday, 5 March 2009 17:40 (seven years ago) Permalink


I want ya'll to play this at funerals in the hood.
Til all this black on black crime stop.
Some say the blind lead the blind.
But in the ghetto you never know,
When it's gon be yo time.

[Sons of Funk, Mo B. Dick, O'dell]
Sittin at the ghetto thinkin bout
All my homies passed away (uuunnnggghhh!)
Candy painted cadillacs and triple gold
That's how me and my boys rolled
How could it be?
Somebody took my boy from me
My best friend's gone
And I'm so all alone
I really miss my homies
Even though they gone away
I know you in a better place
And I hope to see ya soon someday

[Master P]
I used to hang with my boy even slang with my boy
Used to bang with my boy, goddam I miss my boy
We started out youngstas in the park throwin birds
In your hearse, damn it's sad to see my nigga in the dirt
The game got me workin, got me perkin, never jerkin
Still blowin dolja fo ya cause I know you up there workin
Ya little baby's cool and ya baby's mama straight
But today's a sad day to see the t-shirt with ya face
From the cradle to the grave, from the streets we used to fall
In the park you liked to ball, put yo name upon the wall
In the projects you's a legend on the street you was a star
But it's sad to see my homeboy ridin in that black car
A lotta soldiers done died, a lotta mothers done cried
You done took yo piece of the pie but you was too young to retire
Why soldiers ride for yo name leave it vain
Some Gs never change, damn they killed you for some change
Smile for my homie Kevin Miller my boy Randall
The ghetto persons that lost they loved ones to these ghetto scandals

Take a minute to smile for the dead (uuunnnggghhh!)
Smile for the dead (RIP 2Pac, Makaveli)
All my homies who done made it to the crossroads
(Biggie Smalls)

[Sons, Mo B. O'dell]
How could it be?
Somebody took my boy from me
(It's like I can't believe you gone)
My best friend's gone
(Sometimes I feel like I can't go on)
And I'm so all alone
(Everytime I see something you done left
I really miss my homies
(It just remind me, more and more of you, dawg)
Even though they gone away
(I just keep reminiscin)
I know you in a better place
(Cause I know you alright)
And I hope to see ya soon someday
(And I keep smilin, knowin I'm a see you in the crossroads]

[Pimp C]
We used to grip on the grain and flip them candy toys
But I'd give up all that bullshit if I could get back my boy
Off in the club smokin weed til 3, hollerin at the hoes
Spendin $4000 on me on gators and clothes
When I turned to rap, he had to chase the game
Nigga told me, "C, leave that dope, cause rappin is yo thang"
I ain't gone even lie, some nights I ride and cry
Wonderin why the real niggas always the ones to die
So I just smoke my weed and try to clear my mind
I wish that I had the power to turn back the hands of time
I wonder if there's a heaven up there for real Gs
For all the niggas in the game that be sellin keys
I keep my memories, try to keep my head stromg
But baby it's hard to be strong, when yo main homie gone

[Sons, Mo B. O'dell]
Even though you gone away
(Even though you gone, you ain't never gon be forgotten)
I know you in a better place
(Cause as long as I'm here
You gon live through me and other TRU playas)
I really miss my homies
Even though they gone away
I know you in a better place
And I hope to see ya soon someday

[Silkk]
I'm just sittin here dazed thinkin bout all the times we had
Thinkin the past, some was good and some was bad
Remember Dante?
It was a group of us, just a group of five
Now three dead, one in jail, it seem right now I'm the only one alive
To all my soldiers before me, may ya'll rest in peace
When He took three, took my soul, just the bodies
He at the crossroads guide us out to the rest of me
Wishin I could rewind time like demos
Me and you gettin girls, writin down numbers like memos
Makin million dollar bets, makin all our money stretch like limos
Even though I smile, it's sad, but they say gangstas can't cry
But if I close my eyes and visualize me together
Then I suddenly wanna smile
To see you laid down when it's yo time, when your time was up
You never seen your child, but he's here to remind us
Even though you was wrong, I never could belive that that was true
You was with me forever, you could check my rest in peace tattoos
See me and C and P forever gon be ridin and thuggin
Rest in peace to all the ones that didn't make it
And rest in peace to my brother
We gon miss you

(I love these fools)
I know you in a better place
(Every time I get on my knees)
And I hope to see ya soon someday
(I pray for you, I'm glad you in a better place
I hope I see ya soon, ain't no more killin
Ain't no more fights, and ain't no more tears)

pasantino R.I.P. - pour out a 40 of boss hogg (and what), Thursday, 5 March 2009 17:44 (seven years ago) Permalink

ten months pass...

Is this our only Manhattan thread? I just saw this film for the first time and want to read what you guys think, because I think I loved it.

krakow, Wednesday, 20 January 2010 00:45 (seven years ago) Permalink

its discussed on some of the other Woody Allen threads (of which there are too many, tbf) - this is widely regarded as one of the peaks of his career, after Annie Hall.

I still think its an amazing movie, but my perspective on it has shifted over the years, I kinda see it differently now then I did as a teenager/college kid

shake hands with Gongo? (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 20 January 2010 00:48 (seven years ago) Permalink

(by which I mean on initial viewings I thought the characters were all really engaging/charming/cool but watching it in later years I'm struck by how assholish and narcissistic everyone is, with the exception of Muriel Hemingway)

shake hands with Gongo? (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 20 January 2010 00:50 (seven years ago) Permalink

dialogue is still hilarious tho, great script, tons of jokes

shake hands with Gongo? (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 20 January 2010 00:50 (seven years ago) Permalink

Aye, I was laughing very heavily. Thanks btw. This was indeed my first ever Woody Allen movie; that virginity was lost tonight.

I thought it was very funny, wonderfully natural seeming (be that well-observed writing and/or great acting), beautiful to look at, clever and with great music. Yeah, I liked it a lot.

krakow, Wednesday, 20 January 2010 01:06 (seven years ago) Permalink

Doing this thread's rewrite is a lot harder than I expected though. I'm struggling immensely to fill in the blanks for my own self.

krakow, Wednesday, 20 January 2010 01:07 (seven years ago) Permalink

I did a genuine serious one, in the end:

"Well, all right, why is life worth living? That's a very good question. Well, there are certain things I guess that make it worthwhile. Uh, like what? Okay. Um, for me... oh, I would say... what, Jack Kerouac, to name one thing... and Richey Edwards, and... the opening build of 'New Paths To Helicon, Pt. 1', and... Nirvana's recording of 'Where Did You Sleep Last Night?'... Japanese psychedelic music, naturally... 'American Psycho' by Bret Easton Ellis... Bill Murray, Keiji Haino... those incredible abstract colours by Rothko... the burgers at Ad Lib... Angela's hair..."

krakow, Wednesday, 20 January 2010 01:36 (seven years ago) Permalink

This is a great thread. I'll try to answer thoughtfully when this Michael Jackson thing is over.

― Jody Beth Rosen (Jody Beth Rosen), Friday, February 7, 2003 2:19 AM (6 years ago) Bookmark

the world awaits

what u think i steen for to push a crawfish? (BIG HOOS aka the steendriver), Wednesday, 20 January 2010 01:48 (seven years ago) Permalink

"...liberal Democrats waking up and starting a progressive pahty..."

Rage, Resentment, Spleen (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 20 January 2010 03:24 (seven years ago) Permalink

this speech is no "we need the eggs"

Na'vi Girls (Need Love Too) (M@tt He1ges0n), Wednesday, 20 January 2010 03:33 (seven years ago) Permalink

"and in such small pohtions!"

Rage, Resentment, Spleen (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 20 January 2010 03:34 (seven years ago) Permalink

This is a great thread. I'll try to answer thoughtfully when this Michael Jackson thing is over.

― Jody Beth Rosen (Jody Beth Rosen), Friday, 7 February 2003 02:19 (6 years ago) Bookmark

Ned Trifle II, Wednesday, 20 January 2010 07:53 (seven years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

nanalyzing the scene

http://www.issuu.com/interiorsjournal/docs/interiors1212

saltwater incursion (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 18 December 2012 16:26 (four years ago) Permalink

I've always been mystified by "the crabs from Sam Wo's"...or whatever he says

Iago Galdston, Tuesday, 18 December 2012 16:37 (four years ago) Permalink

such a Becker-Fagen line

the little prince of inane false binary hype (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 18 December 2012 16:37 (four years ago) Permalink

I've always been mystified by "the crabs from Sam Wo's"...or whatever he says

― Iago Galdston, Tuesday, December 18, 2012 11:37 AM (2 minutes ago) Bookmark

why?

turds (Hungry4Ass), Tuesday, 18 December 2012 16:39 (four years ago) Permalink

years ago I wrote this short story about my Mother called "The Castrating Zionist"

turds (Hungry4Ass), Tuesday, 18 December 2012 16:39 (four years ago) Permalink

I've always been mystified by "the crabs from Sam Wo's"...or whatever he says

― Iago Galdston, Tuesday, December 18, 2012 11:37 AM (2 minutes ago) Bookmark

why?

the mussels are better

the little prince of inane false binary hype (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 18 December 2012 16:40 (four years ago) Permalink

but is Sam Wo's still open?

saltwater incursion (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 18 December 2012 16:41 (four years ago) Permalink

I never understood, did I have the name of the restaurant right? What is Sam Wo's anyway, a NYC restaurant? That's all, disregard

Iago Galdston, Tuesday, 18 December 2012 16:41 (four years ago) Permalink

yes, it was. Long gone, apparently, tho one w/ same name in SF closed last year.

saltwater incursion (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 18 December 2012 16:44 (four years ago) Permalink


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