Interactive Literature, in its most lofty sense, is like a cross between
improvisational theatre, storytelling, and games of make-believe. The experience
of I.L. is varied, as the range of offerings is as broad as our collective
imaginations. Some events are like historical re-enactments. Some are completely
fanciful or fantastical. Some involve heavy science fiction themes, comedy, drama,
mystery, farce, and so on. An event may be a delicately crafted piece of group
storytellying, or a more game-like adventure reminiscent of table top gaming such
as Dungeons and Dragons. I personally prefer events that
are more story-driven, and have less to do with achieving goals and more to do
with exploring the richness of a character persona, but I do enjoy an
occasionally farce or a dice-roll.
Here are some good links related to Interactive Literature and live gaming:
About a third of my friends are people I met while doing theatre. Mostly at
WPI, where many of us started school before the Theatre Technology major
existed. Engineers need artistic release - it's that simple. For some of
us it was a full-time obsession.
If weekends had two more days in them I would probably be satisfying my
addiction in some Metro area independant theatre company.
Here are some theatre links of interest to me...
A sporadic listing of media that I like, links to movie info, books, music,
games, comics - things like that.
But why is this here?
This is for you, whoever you are, who have so little to do that you got this
far on my personal web page. I feel your pain. Maybe something in this list
will give you an idea.
Personal note: Use Amazon.com to find
info on most books, and to buy what you can't find locally, but please
support your local independant bookstores too!
- My favorite books - or at least, books I've read that made an impression
- Everything by Roger Zelazny especially the first 5 of the Amber series
- Everything by Douglas Adams especially The Long Dark Teatime of the
- The Lord of the Rings series
- Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series
- The Belgariad
- Moorcock's Dancers at the End of Time series and other Eternal Champion
- Everybody Knows What a Dragon Looks Like
- Higgelty Piggelty Pop!
- Narnia series
- harry Potter series
- Mists of Avalon and the prequels
- Dune series
- The DaVinci Code
- Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels
- The Unbearable Lightness of Being
- Good Omens
- American Gods
- To read
- More Michael Moorcock
- More Ian Banks
- More Shakespeare plays
- Catcher in the Rye
- The Silmarillion (sp?)
- The new Dune books - House Corrino, etc.
- Hyperion (Dan Simmons)
- More C.J. Cherryh
- Life of Pi
- Deus Irae (Phillip K. Dick)
- Brave New World
- The Changeling of Finnistuath
- The Forever War
- Zodiac (Neal Stephenson)
- Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight
Movies I have seen, movies I want to see
And if you didn't know - I am very fond of movies. I am almost always up
for a movie, and often appreciate even the stupid ones.
Info on most films is waiting for you at
- Own: Star Trek I - VI; Star Trek: First Contact; Labyrinth; Legend;
As Good As It Gets; Sliding Doors; The Cup; The Whole Nine Yards;
Ninja Scroll; Miss Congeniality; So I Married an Axe Murdere; My
Neighbor Totorro; The Green Mile; Jerry McGuire; The Fifth Element;
Lola Rennt (Run, Lola, Run); Mission Impossible; Crouching Tiger,
Hidden Dragon; The End of The Affair; Girl, Interrupted; Keeping the
- Seen and enjoyed: Star Wars I, IV, V, & VI; Shakespeare in Love;
Akira; Delicatessen; Tank Girl; Mulholland Drive; Alien I-IV; Indiana
Jones I-III; The Ninth Gate; Seven Years in Tibet; Batman I-III;
Sumerman I-IV; Benny and Joon; Edward Scissorhands; Ed Wood; The Matrix;
The Thirteenth Floor; American Beauty; K-PAX; Monsters, Inc.; Excalibur;
Dune; Heathers; Once Bitten;
Mermaids; Age of Innocence; Bram Stoker's Dracula; Little Women;
The Cider House Rules; The Truman Show; Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's
Stone; City of Angels; You've Got Mail; I.Q.; Joe Versus the Volcano;
Splash; When Harry Met Sally...; The Princess Bride; Innerspace;
12 Monkeys; Grease I and II; The Shawshank Redemption; Schindler's List;
The Usual Suspects; Fight Club; The Silence of the Lambs; Being John
Malkovich; Braveheart; Princess Mononoke; The Sixth Sense; Fargo;
Big Trouble in Little China; Mannequin;
Terminator I and II; Time Bandits; Blade Runner; A Christmas Story; Brazil;
Stand By Me; Rain Man; Eyes Wide Shut; Interview With The Vampire;
Magnolia; Far and Away; Anna and the King; Nell; Gladiator; Traffic;
- To see: Smoke Signals; Himalaya; American History X; Blue Velvet;
The Majestic; How the Grinch Stole Christmas; Wings of Desire; Das Boot;
Ran; Kagemusha; Life as a House
- Show Biz people I enjoy: Johnny Depp; Sigourney Weaver; Harrison Ford;
Jackie Chan; Jodie Foster; Chow Yun-Fat; Kenneth Brannaugh; Winona Ryder;
Jim Carrey; Nicholas Cage; Lucy Liu
Comics and Graphic Novels
- Favorite artist: Ani DiFranco
- Followed in no real order by: Sting, David Bowie, Tori Amos, Sarah McLachlan,
Dead Can Dance, Madonna (yes really), anyone on the 4AD label, The Cure
- Favorite series: Neil Gaiman's Sandman
- Other good reads: The Books of Magic; The Watchmen; Battle Engel Alita;
Too Much Coffee Man; The Preacher
Why is "monkey" funny? I don't know either.
- Games I enjoy: Fluxx, Chez Geek, Munchkin, That thing we played with the
Ice House pieces that involved guessing the rules, Robo Rally, Civilization,
Die Siedler, Apples to Apples
- Check out: Cheapass Games, Steve Jackson Games
- Computer games I like: Starcraft, Civilization, The Sims, Mech Warrior,
Germany and German Language
My absolute favorite academic experience in college was studying German
language and culture. I am still not a good German speaker and I can
only glean the general gist of a German newspaper article, but once I
get into the groove I am very comfortable with my limited vocabulary.
I am seldom in the groove because my current life/schedule allows little time
for language study.
I came within a hair's width of graduating with a minor in German. I needed
one more class, which I was even taking. In that class I needed to turn in
one more paper, which I never did, because my senior project (MQP) was
stealing all my time away. That was in the spring of 1998 right before my
project partners fled and my (first) MQP flopped and I decided to leave the
In August of 1998 I went to Berlin, Germany, to study German language for
two months at:
Goethe Institut has a VERY GOOD program, but they are also very expensive.
They do offer courses in Boston as well:
Groups and Links
Cavalcade of Cod hit Boston in the Fall of 2000. If you don't
remember it, or you didn't believe me when I tried to explain it,
look here. There is even one by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck called
"Good Cod Hunting" but my favorite is still "Mass Pike."
What Pattern Are You?
Forever Healthy provides
health products, consulting, and lectures. They have some good
information in their FAQ and also have some good links to other
health-related sites on the web. Lots of emphasis on natural foods
and remedies. I'm interested in the nutrition aspect.
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