Books as Food Groups

This has been rattling round the SF blogosphere/LJspace but it originated with Steven Brust

Books can be broken down into four classes: popcorn, steak, caviar, and celery.
Popcorn is pretty obvious. Anyone here enjoy The Destroyer novels by Sapir and Murphy as much as me? gobble gobble gobble Steak is the stuff you can bite into, chew, swallow, and gain sustenance from. Some of us use spices on our steak, or do interesting things with it by stir-frying it, adding ginger and various vegetables, and so on. In my case, paprika. But at the end of the day, it is steak. Niel writes particularly good steak–range fed, the spicing is different every time, always delectable, and some of it obviously comes from places where cattle are not indigenous, making you go, “Wow. How did they ever think of doing that?” as you go for the next bite.
Gene Wolfe and John M. “Mike” Ford write caviar. It is a lot of work to get to. You have to open the can, you have to make sure the refrigeration is exactly perfect. You have to have the right atmosphere, and you have to approach it with the proper reverence if you’re going to get anything out of the experience. But if you do, my god, is it worth it!
Celery is that stuff you have to chew and chew and chew and, by the time you’re done, you’ve gotten even less nutritional value from than the popcorn. I won’t name any names.
Some turn up their noses at popcorn. Well, that’s okay. Just don’t bring ’em to a ball game. Most of us like steak, in one form or another. Some object to caviar because they have just never got into the glories of eating–into food that is worth the work. For them, the payoff just isn’t there.
The interesting thing, to me, is that there really are people out there who like the celery because it is so hard to chew, and the fact that there’s nothing of substance there doesn’t bother them.
Okay, so, probably not as deep as I’m making it sound. But fun to think about.

Shameless Paycheck grabbing roles

Via SFSignal, Entertainment Weekly has come up with a list of “shameless paycheck grabbing roles”–good actors slumming in roles and movies of dubious quality.
The 25 Most Shameless Paycheck-Grabbing Roles in History
25. Sean Connery in Never Say Never Again
24. Jason Alexander in Dunstan Checks In
23. Bill Murray in Garfield
22. Marlon Brando in Superman
21. Matt Dillon in Herbie: Fully Loaded
20. Cuba Gooding, Jr. in Chill Factor
19. Elizabeth Taylor in The Flintstones
18. Ben Affleck in Paycheck
17. Buster Keaton in Beach Blanket Bingo
16. Jeremy Irons and John Malkovich in Eragon
15. Christopher Walken in Kangaroo Jack
14. Richard Pryor in Superman III
13. Faye Dunaway in Supergirl
12. William Hurt in Lost in Space
11. Laurence Olivier in Clash of the Titans
10. Demi Moore in Striptease
9. Michael Caine in Jaws: The Revenge
8. Judi Dench in The Chronicles of Riddick
7. Orson Welles in Transformers: The Movie
6. Peter O’Toole in Club Paradise
5. Dennis Hopper in Super Mario Bros.
4. Tony Curtis in The Bad News Bears Go to Japan
3. Sir Ben Kingsley in BloodRayne
2. Richard Burton in Exorcist III: The Heretic
1. Robert DeNiro in The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle
I have a couple of additional suggestions.

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