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#917272 - 07/31/05 01:11 PM what are your other interests?
Jamie D. Offline
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Registered: 06/08/05
Posts: 102
Loc: Louisville, Ky
Short of a list of hobbies that I am sure this will turn into, I am really interested in what else inerests your musical minds. Not just your hobbies, but what you really take an active interest in and do or read about or research on a daily basis that is not music-related.
For me:
Cooking
Wine
Animals
World events/news- major news&NPR addict.

Just curious.

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#917273 - 07/31/05 01:17 PM Re: what are your other interests?
***musical princess*** Offline
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Registered: 06/15/05
Posts: 537
Loc: Newcastle, England
Physics - I know this makes me sound like a geek but I don't care, I absolutely love it or anything even remotely connected to it. \:D

x
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#917274 - 07/31/05 01:23 PM Re: what are your other interests?
Jamie D. Offline
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Posts: 102
Loc: Louisville, Ky
Interesting.
I am neither Mathmatically or Scientifically inclined- unless the chemistry that it takes to cook counts, which I doubt.
My husband is an engineer with a math minor. Good thing we have other things to talk about.

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#917275 - 07/31/05 01:30 PM Re: what are your other interests?
***musical princess*** Offline
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Registered: 06/15/05
Posts: 537
Loc: Newcastle, England
I also like:

Crypotology,
Cosmology (guess that comes under the physics), Reading (anyone read 'A Crack In Forever'? It could well be one of the best books I've ever read.),
Cooking (something else we have in common Jamie \:D ),
Engineering,
Cars,
and Politics.

Not really girly interest, are they? \:D

x
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#917276 - 07/31/05 01:49 PM Re: what are your other interests?
Jamie D. Offline
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Registered: 06/08/05
Posts: 102
Loc: Louisville, Ky
Oh yeah, I forgot one, too.
Fitness

Cars are an interest of mine as well (I guess more like a need for speed). When we get back to the us my husband will finish his project and join the racing circut. ITA, not formula one or anything.

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#917277 - 07/31/05 02:34 PM Re: what are your other interests?
pianojerome Offline
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Registered: 01/01/05
Posts: 9868
Philosophy
Religion
History
Psychology
Running
...
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#917278 - 07/31/05 02:59 PM Re: what are your other interests?
Jamie D. Offline
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Posts: 102
Loc: Louisville, Ky
Glad to see that thread doesn't just interest MP and I!!!!
Thanks Pianojerome.

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#917279 - 07/31/05 05:28 PM Re: what are your other interests?
pianojerome Offline
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Registered: 01/01/05
Posts: 9868
\:\)

I forgot one:

PIANO WORLD
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#917280 - 07/31/05 05:42 PM Re: what are your other interests?
TS Offline
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Registered: 01/27/04
Posts: 869
Loc: Canada
My other major interest other than piano (more so actually) is flying. I already have my private pilot license and my glider license, and I'm going for my commercial license this year in my college program.

Also:
Science Fiction
Philosophy

I'm going to be a Pilot/Pianist/Philosopher/Writer \:D .

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#917281 - 07/31/05 06:13 PM Re: what are your other interests?
iamcanadian Offline
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Registered: 02/02/02
Posts: 1893
Loc: Canada
Collecting and listening to Classical CDs
Reading(Fantasy and Classic literature)
Tennis & Basketball
History and Law
Cooking
Writing
My puppy \:D
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#917282 - 08/01/05 02:47 PM Re: what are your other interests?
Ancient Upright Offline
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Registered: 06/06/05
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I can't really think of any. I like most things, but I don't really get super involved with them. Piano is my big one. But, as MP, Sam, and Jamie know, I'm very serious-minded.
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#917283 - 08/02/05 06:35 AM Re: what are your other interests?
Richard Martin Offline
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Registered: 01/13/03
Posts: 117
Loc: Durham, UK
outside of music, hmm...

i'm an engineer (i quite like wind turbines)
i drive a classic car (1974 MG B)
i like hiking and camping

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#917284 - 08/02/05 04:47 PM Re: what are your other interests?
Jamie D. Offline
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Registered: 06/08/05
Posts: 102
Loc: Louisville, Ky
TS,
Looks like one of your interests should be multi-tasking.
I believe that may be one thing that piano-oriented or all musicians for that matter may be good at,though.

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#917285 - 08/02/05 08:51 PM Re: what are your other interests?
john the hand Offline
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Registered: 07/13/04
Posts: 156
Loc: Orange County, California
I enjoy...

Volleyball - Varsity defensive specialist
History - I like European History
Origami - I dabble in it
Writing - I just love writing
Cooking - I cooked Thanksgiving dinner this year!
Art - My dad and sister are artists, so I have a natural inclination towards art
Photoshop - I use it almost everyday to design things for school and friends

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#917286 - 08/04/05 05:33 PM Re: what are your other interests?
John Citron Offline
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Registered: 07/15/05
Posts: 3925
Loc: Haverhill, Massachusetts
My other interests include:

Bike Riding - Local longdistance out and back type rides that include a stop somewhere for an icecream \:\)

Hiking - Where I live, I like to hike the trails through the local town forest, and I've climbed up a couple of local mountains. One in Western Mass, athe other in New Hampshire.

Model Railroading - I have an extensive N-scale collection, and I also play with Trainz a virtual model railroad. Trainz is really addictive and can eat into piano time. Currently my real model trains are packed up because of house renovations.

Reading - Science fiction and history.

Traveling - Been to Great Britian and France for pleasure, traveled to Taiwan for business. If someone offered me another trip like those, I would run out right away and renew my passport.

Computers and Technology - I've worked in a technical field for more than twenty-five years, so I've grown to love the geeky stuff. My day job is a network adminstrator so I get to play a lot with different programs and stuff.

John
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#917287 - 08/05/05 05:39 PM Re: what are your other interests?
***musical princess*** Offline
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Registered: 06/15/05
Posts: 537
Loc: Newcastle, England
 Quote:
Originally posted by John Citron:
Been to Great Britian [/b]
Where abouts in GB were you?

x
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#917288 - 08/09/05 07:11 PM Re: what are your other interests?
-Frycek Offline
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Registered: 08/06/05
Posts: 5921
Loc: SC Mountains
I'm a frustrated archeologist - my fantasy job would be a human remains specialist - (since I don't have the talent to be a concert pianist!)I also love scary & mystery novels and photography (particulary antique stereoviews which I collect and sell on ebay.) I also write a bit myself.
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#917289 - 08/09/05 07:22 PM Re: what are your other interests?
pagnini Offline
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I like math, science, origami, and playing the cello.
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#917290 - 08/11/05 02:24 AM Re: what are your other interests?
Dis Offline
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Registered: 08/09/05
Posts: 67
Loc: California
I'm a frustrated pianist. Oh? Other interests! \:D

Reading classic lit
Collecting art glass paperweights
Writing
Gemology
Gardening

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#917291 - 08/12/05 04:09 AM Re: what are your other interests?
Ronel Augustyn Offline
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Registered: 04/14/05
Posts: 527
Loc: Bloemfontein,SA
Okay,

reading - anything other than thrillers and science fiction. I want to read all the great classics, have already read, for example Sense and sensibility from Jane Austen, the Great Gatsby, War and Peace by Tolstoy...

I also used to write a little.

I like reading up on weird composers with quirky litlle details.

I like watching art movies, or musicals like Chicago, Moulin Rouge.

I love brewing coffe and experiment with different tastes etc.

and of course: PIANO WORLD!!

Hi from South Africa
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#917292 - 08/16/05 02:22 PM Re: what are your other interests?
nikki23 Offline
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Registered: 08/15/05
Posts: 4
Loc: Denver, CO
Fitness, photography and writing

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#917293 - 08/16/05 04:45 PM Re: what are your other interests?
Goldberg Offline
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Registered: 02/08/03
Posts: 1231
Loc: U.S.
Let's see...piano takes up most of my time these days but I have large enough list of other "hobbies" to keep me busy when music frustrates me:

Working out (mostly cardio work like cycling, rowing, jogging, soccer occassionally)

Chess (aside from playing I also like "playing through" the games of great masters and analysing the positions and so forth)

Reading (I'm also into the "great classics" and always try to have at least one book going)

Movies (One of my possible careers, at least so far, is as a film director, and I look up to the likes of Kubrick, Tarantino, Stone, etc. I'm also a fan of film noir, and my favorite kind of movies are meaningful dramas that don't take themselves *too* seriously--like Kubrick's)

Philosophy (pretty self explanatory I guess)

History (I might end up teaching this for a career, but hopefully at a university level. Right now I'm studying Irish and Russian history, and am also reading Herodotus' "The Histories" which is simply fascinating)

Writing (well, sort of...when I was 10-11, I wrote a 300 page science fiction/espionage novel (and, incidentally, it's really awful, except for the last 50 pages, which I added when I was 15), and kind of burned myself out, but I have a long list of ideas for novels which I could write if I had time and motivation to do so. Other than that, I do actually enjoy writing papers for classes.)

Politics (I'm only starting to get into this, however, and more than Politics I'm really just into Foreign Affairs--and I do subscribe to that publication...good stuff!)

Traveling (I'm not very well developed though, having gone to about half of the United States, the UK including England, Northern Ireland, and the Republic of Ireland, Canada, and France...there are just too many other places I want to go!)

I'm also pretty into physics, namely cosmology, relativity, and all that hoo-hah, but I don't have the math brain to seriously comprehend it all, so I stay away from the "real" physics and just focus on the concepts. I really enjoy it though.

Oh and the last one I can think of is, every now and then I'll pick up a computer game and work through it when I don't feel like doing anything else. Right now I'm doing "Neverwinter Nights"--I tend to like RPGs the most--has anyone here played it?

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#917294 - 08/17/05 01:34 PM Re: what are your other interests?
ChatNoir Offline
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Posts: 1474
Loc: Encino, California
Oh, so much to do, so little time.
I enjoy cooking, gardening, reading, theater, opera, travel. And the rest of the time goes to find out if Anastasia really was the last grand Duchess. No wonder my piano playing suffers!
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#917295 - 08/17/05 01:49 PM Re: what are your other interests?
Schindler Offline
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Registered: 07/27/05
Posts: 18
Loc: Mexico
Languages (English, spanish, latin and a little bit of gaelic)
Writing (both music and "literature")
Boxing (Been in two competitions)
Sax (love it almost as much as piano)
Reading (I own over 1000 books and have read most of them twice. Libraries are my second home.)
Lord of the Rings (Nothin' like them!)
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#917296 - 08/17/05 08:07 PM Re: what are your other interests?
Tezzie Offline
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Registered: 08/13/05
Posts: 59
Loc: London, UK
My other interests are
Dance
Table Tennis
Film
Theatre (watching)
History
Reading
Writing
Does debating count?

Wow, I sound so active, but I am also incredibly lazy!
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#917297 - 08/17/05 08:35 PM Re: what are your other interests?
John Citron Offline
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Posts: 3925
Loc: Haverhill, Massachusetts
 Quote:
Originally posted by ***musical princess***:
 Quote:
Originally posted by John Citron:
Been to Great Britian [/b]
Where abouts in GB were you?

x [/b]
I spent 4 weeks in London, and then traveled by train to Liverpool to look up my Great Great Grandmother. The city magistrates couldn't locate any birth records for her because they were destroyed in the war, but the trip was fun anyway.

I also traveled on the Southern line to Hastings and along the south coast, stopping at Bournemouth and Portsmouth just for the fun of it. I like trains, and anything else on steel rails, so this was a lot of fun.

While I was there, I also did the regular tourist thing and visited a bunch of museums, including the Victoria & Albert where the the original Italian Virginal is that my instrument is based on.

I tried to visit the RCM, but they were closed. I intended on inquiring about studying there back then.

One of my tourist days included a trip up to Bath to see the Roman baths and visit the city in general. I love architecture, and this was a personal thrill for me.

If someone offered me a ticket to Great Britian, I'd go back in a heart beat. \:D

John
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#917298 - 08/17/05 09:34 PM Re: what are your other interests?
Dis Offline
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Loc: California
Schindler: Another Lord of the Rings fan here! In fact I spend a large chunk of my day on a LoTR site. I adminate over there.

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#917299 - 08/17/05 10:09 PM Re: what are your other interests?
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Neat, just noticed this thread.

I play a lot of golf (handicap is around 15) and read a lot of science fiction. Currently working on Stephen Baxter's "Vacuum Diagrams," and Neil Gaiman's "American Gods" is waiting on the shelf.
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#917300 - 12/14/05 09:36 PM Re: what are your other interests?
Poof Offline
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Posts: 53
Loc: TX
Well, piano, of course, but besides that...
Just started playing french horn and love it
Clarinet (don't love it so much, but play it in the school band)
Reading-anything
Animals-volunteer at the local shelter
Kids-I love kids! Is that so strange?
Photography
Bike riding
Climbing-rock, but also trees-I don't think that really qualifies, but I do like doing it...
Art-painting, drawing, writing, pottery, pretty much anything that creates
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#917301 - 12/14/05 10:28 PM Re: what are your other interests?
PerformingYak Offline
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Registered: 11/16/05
Posts: 205
Loc: Lightning Ridge, Australia
Terry Pratchett books, I think I have now read all of them except "Where's My Cow?" but every time I think I got them all a new one comes out

- Keepin my dog out of trouble

- Travelling, I have been over to Europe several times and am about to go to hawaii in.... 10 days WOOOHOOOOOO!!!!(sorry , a little excited!)

- Going to get fit over summer because the school has put me on PE classes next year and I am the most non PE person ever hence my next interest

- being a couch potato. I love my DVDs and buy new ones to keep me busy every time I get back to civilisation.

- Art. Gotta draw all the time. I just got back into it this year after about a years break and I'm lovin it. I haven't mastered painting yet....
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#917302 - 12/15/05 12:19 AM Re: what are your other interests?
sarabande Offline
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Posts: 1597
Loc: Mo.
I'm a stay-at-home mom so outside of music my days consist of kids and cleaning. So when I want to block out the kids and messy house I come here to PW or play the piano.

Outside of that I like sewing, hiking, scenic drives, outdoors . . . I used to go trout fishing with a fly rod a lot but haven't for a long time.

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#917303 - 12/27/05 05:28 PM Re: what are your other interests?
Euan Morrison Offline
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Registered: 12/01/05
Posts: 1588
Loc: Edinburgh
Golf (dont play as much now i got the piano!)
Russian/East European History
Walking (grab a map and make a route etc)
Cars (driving / reading / admiring them)
Movies (war / horror / political [esp. b&w])
Drinking!
Cycling
Heavy Metal music

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#917304 - 01/02/06 08:23 AM Re: what are your other interests?
xire Offline
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Registered: 12/25/05
Posts: 79
Bodybuilding.
Playing videogames.
Drinking beer (wich doesn't fit with the Bodybuilding, but I like beer so much).
Cars.
Movies.
Downloading music.

Nothing special. ;\)

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#917305 - 01/02/06 06:00 PM Re: what are your other interests?
Euan Morrison Offline
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Registered: 12/01/05
Posts: 1588
Loc: Edinburgh
mmmmm, b-e-e-e-r!!!

Any particular favourites??

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#917306 - 01/02/06 06:37 PM Re: what are your other interests?
Antonius Hamus Offline
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Posts: 2230
My other interests... Books, mainly fiction that was written in English--and that I read in English (although my native language is Finnish, I read fiction only in English);

and cinema, or more popular cinema anyhow, like some or most of the films by Kubrick, Kurosawa, Orson Welles, David Lynch, Sergio Leone, the Coen brothers, Fellini, David Lean, even Tarkovsky...

On the book front, I'm more into currently (and unjustly) obscure stuff, like novels by James Branch Cabell, and R. A. Lafferty, and mainly short stories by Lord Dunsany. You can find a serviceable introduction to their literary work, as well as to that of many other great writers at http://greatsfandf.com/

Also, I hope nobody has anything against me posting here this thoughtful and well-written, as well as out of copyright and rather long, essay on Branch Cabell, taken from the introduction to Gallantry:

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These paragraphs, dignified by the revised edition of Gallantry and spuriously designated An Introduction, are nothing more than a series of notes and haphazard discoveries in preparation of a thesis. That thesis, if it is ever written, will bear a title something academically like The Psychogenesis of a Poet; or Cabell the Masquerader. For it is in this guise--sometimes self-declared, sometimes self-concealed, but always as the persistent visionary--that the author of some of the finest prose of our day has given us the key with which (to lapse into the jargon of verse) he has unlocked his heart.

On the technical side alone, it is easy to establish Cabell's poetic standing. There are, first of all, the quantity of original rhymes that are scattered through the dozen volumes which Cabell has latterly (and significantly) classified as Biography. Besides these interjections which do duty as mottoes, chapter-headings, tailpieces, dedications, interludes and sometimes relevant songs, there is the volume of seventy-five "adaptations" in verse, From the Hidden Way, published in 1916. Here Cabell, even in his most natural role, declines to show his face and amuses himself with a new set of masks labelled Alessandro de Medici, Antoine Riczi, Nicolas de Caen, Theodore Passerat and other fabulous minnesingers whose verses were created only in the mind of Cabell. It has pleased him to confuse others besides the erudite reviewer of the Boston Transcript by quoting the first lines of the non-existent originals in Latin, Italian, Provencal--thus making his skilful ballades, sestinas and the less mediaeval narratives part of a remarkably elaborate and altogether successful hoax.

And, as this masquerade of obscure Parnassians betrayed its creator, Cabell--impelled by some fantastic reticence--sought for more subtle makeshifts to hide the poet. The unwritten thesis, plunging abruptly into the realm of analytical psychology, will detail the steps Cabell has taken, as a result of early associative disappointments, to repress or at least to disguise, the poet in himself--and it will disclose how he has failed. It will burrow through the latest of his works and exhume his half-buried experiments in rhyme, assonance and polyphony. This part of the paper will examine Jurgen and call attention to the distorted sonnet printed as a prose soliloquy on page 97 of that exquisite and ironic volume. It will pass to the subsequent Figures of Earth and, after showing how the greater gravity of this volume is accompanied by a greater profusion of poetry per se it will unravel the scheme of Cabell's fifteen essays in what might be called contrapuntal prose. It will unscramble all the rhymes screened in Manuel's monologue beginning on page 294, quote the metrical innovations with rhymed vowels on page 60, tabulate the hexameters that leap from the solidly set paragraphs and rearrange the brilliant fooling that opens the chapter "Magic of the Image Makers." This last is in itself so felicitous a composite of verse and criticism--a passage incredibly overlooked by the most meticulous of Cabell's glossarians--that it deserves a paper for itself. For here, set down prosaically as "the unfinished Rune of the Blackbirds" are four distinct parodies--including two insidious burlesques of Browning and Swinburne--on a theme which is familiar to us to-day in les mots justes of Mother Goose. "It is," explains Freydis, after the thaumaturgists have finished, "an experimental incantation in that it is a bit of unfinished magic for which the proper words have not yet been found: but between now and a while they will be stumbled on, and then this rune will live perpetually." And thus the poet, speaking through the mouth-piece of Freydis, discourses on the power of words and, in one of Cabell's most eloquent chapters, crystallizes that high mood, presenting the case for poetry as it has been pleaded by few of her most fervid advocates.

Here the thesis will stop quoting and argue its main contention from another angle. It will consider the author in a larger and less technical sense: disclosing his characters, his settings, his plots, even the entire genealogical plan of his works, to be the design of a poet rather than a novelist. The persons of Cabell's imagination move to no haphazard strains; they create their own music. And, like a set of modulated motifs, they combine to form a richer and more sonorous pattern. With its interrelation of figures and interweaving of themes, the Cabellian "Biography" assumes the solidity and shapeliness of a fugue, a composition in which all the voices speak with equal precision and recurring clarity.

And what, the diagnostician may inquire, of the characters themselves? They are, it will be answered, motivated by pity and irony; the tolerant humor, the sympathetic and not too distant regard of their Olympian designer agitate them so sensitively that we seldom see what strings are twitched. These puppets seem to act of their own conviction--possibly because their director is careful not to have too many convictions of his own. It may have been pointed out before this that there are no undeviating villains in his masques and, as many an indignant reviewer has expostulated, few untarnished heroes. Cabell's, it will be perceived, is a frankly pagan poetry. It has no texts with which to discipline beauty; it lacks moral fervor; it pretends to no divinity of dogmatism. The image-maker is willing to let his creatures ape their living models by fluctuating between shifting conventions and contradictory ideals; he leaves to a more positive Author the dubious pleasure of drawing a daily line between vice and virtue. If Cabell pleads at all, he pleads with us not to repudiate a Villon or a Marlowe while we are reviling the imperfect man in a perfect poet. "What is man, that his welfare be considered?" questions Cabell, paraphrasing Scripture, "an ape who chatters to himself of kinship with the archangels while filthily he digs for groundnuts.... Yet do I perceive that this same man is a maimed god.... He is under penalty condemned to compute eternity with false weights and to estimate infinity with a yardstick--and he very often does it."

This, the thesis will contend, is the only possible attitude to the mingled apathy and abandon of existence--and it is, in fine, the poetic attitude. Romantic it is, without question, and I imagine Cabell would be the last to cavil at the implication. For, mocked by a contemptuous silence gnawing beneath the howling energy of life, what else is there for the poet but the search for some miracle of belief, some assurance in a world of illimitable perplexities? It is the wish to attain this dream which is more real than reality that guides the entire Cabell epos--"and it is this will that stirs in us to have the creatures of earth and the affairs of earth, not as they are, but as 'they ought to be.'"

Such a romantic vision, which concludes that glowing testament, Beyond Life, is the shining thread that binds the latest of Cabell's novels with the earliest of his short stories. It is, in effect, one tale he is telling, a tale in which Poictesme and the more local Lichfield are, for all their topographical dissimilarities, the same place, and all his people interchangeable symbols of the changeless desires of men. Whether the allegory is told in the terms of Gallantry with its perfumed lights, its deliberate artifice and its technique of badinage, or presented in the more high-flying mood of Chivalry with its ready passions and readier rhetoric, it prefigures the subsequent pageant in which the victories might so easily be mistaken for defeats. In this procession, amid a singularly ordered riot of color, the figure of man moves, none too confidently but with stirring fortitude, to an unrealized end. Here, stumbling through the mazes of a code, in the habiliments of Ormskirk or de Soyecourt, he passes from the adventures of the mind (Kennaston in The Cream of the Jest, Charteris in Beyond Life) through the adventures of the flesh (Jurgen) to the darker adventures of the spirit (Manuel in Figures of Earth). Even this Gallantry, the most candidly superficial of Cabell's works, is alive with a vigor of imagination and irony. It is not without significance that the motto on the new title-page is: "Half in masquerade, playing the drawing-room or garden comedy of life, these persons have upon them, not less than the landscape among the accidents of which they group themselves, a certain light that we should seek for in vain upon anything real."

The genealogically inclined will be happy to discover that Gallantry, for all its revulsion from reality, deals with the perpetuated life of Manuel in a strangely altered milieu. The rest of us will be quicker to comprehend how subtly this volume takes its peculiar place in its author's record of struggling dreams, how, beneath, a surface covered with political finery and sentimental bric-a-brac, the quest goes on, stubbornly and often stupidly, in a forgotten world made suddenly animate and as real as our own. And this, the thesis will conclude, is because Cabell is not as much a masquerader as he imagines himself to be. None but a visionary could wear so constantly upon his sleeve the desire "to write perfectly of beautiful happenings." None but the poet, shaken with the strength of his vision, could cry to-day, "It is only by preserving faith in human dreams that we may, after all, perhaps some day make them come true." For poetry, to which all literature aspires, is not the shadow of reality but the image of perfection, the light of disembodied beauty toward which creation gropes. And that poetic consciousness is the key to the complex and half-concealed art of James Branch Cabell.
LOUIS UNTERMEYER .
New York City, April, 1922.

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#917307 - 01/02/06 10:21 PM Re: what are your other interests?
xire Offline
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Registered: 12/25/05
Posts: 79
 Quote:
Originally posted by Euan Morrison:
mmmmm, b-e-e-e-r!!!

Any particular favourites?? [/b]
When I just "drink a beer", I mostly drink something like Amstel, Heineken, Warsteiner or Dommelsch. If I want something "special" I drink beers like: Palm, Budweiser, Carona, Leffe, Duvel.

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#917308 - 01/02/06 11:27 PM Re: what are your other interests?
hanna2222 Offline
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Registered: 12/26/05
Posts: 78
Loc: Northeast Ohio
Other interests?
I am working on my soul: reading the entire
works of Joel S. Goldsmith, a mystic.
I enjoying cooking, playing with our pets,
especially the chihuahuas, travel (have been to
most states and more than 30 countries, including
living in Mexico 3 years).
I also run my own business, ride the golf
cart when my husband golfs,
and walk in our woods on my home-made labrynth!
Metaphysics, Edgar Cayce, and spirituality
in general are my keenest interests.
But I also love art...especially painting.
E-Bay is a guilty pleasure and so is abebooks.com
But Piano World is lots of fun too!
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#917309 - 01/03/06 10:24 AM Re: what are your other interests?
Euan Morrison Offline
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Registered: 12/01/05
Posts: 1588
Loc: Edinburgh
 Quote:
Originally posted by xire:
 Quote:
Originally posted by Euan Morrison:
mmmmm, b-e-e-e-r!!!

Any particular favourites?? [/b]
When I just "drink a beer", I mostly drink something like Amstel, Heineken, Warsteiner or Dommelsch. If I want something "special" I drink beers like: Palm, Budweiser, Carona, Leffe, Duvel. [/b]
Good choices! I tend to regularly drink Heineken, Stella Artois, Grolsch and Carlsberg. When i step up to the 'big' beers, I would say Leffe Brun, Duvel, Chimay Bleu, and Hoegaarden. I remember drinking a ton of Palm in Brussels - that was the 'rest' beer between the heavier ones!

Happy drinking!

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#917310 - 01/03/06 03:30 PM Re: what are your other interests?
Monica K. Offline

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Registered: 08/10/05
Posts: 17771
Loc: Lexington, Kentucky
I'm a Sam Adams girl myself.
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#917311 - 01/03/06 03:41 PM Re: what are your other interests?
matthewpiano Offline
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Registered: 12/23/05
Posts: 303
Loc: North West United Kingdom
Other interests?

Spending time with my partner and family, comedy (Norman Wisdom, Lee Evans, Bill Bailey etc.); hi-fi (quality British stuff) and home cinema; reading (I love the works of F.Scott Fitzgerald, Graham Greene and Chekhov amongst others), watching good films (Zeferelli's Romeo & Juliet, The Great Gatsby, The Pianist (!) etc.); cooking, collecting music DVDs, vinyl and CDs; going to concerts; cars; detective stories (Frost, Morse, Waking The Dead); Dr Who etc.

Also going to my favourite place on earth - Chatsworth House - and sitting on the Capability Brown lawns looking over at the fabulous architecture of the house in its gorgeous, heavenly setting.

On the drinking thing, I am tea-total and don't touch alcohol. Much prefer a good cup of coffe or tea anyday!
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#917312 - 01/03/06 03:42 PM Re: what are your other interests?
matthewpiano Offline
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Registered: 12/23/05
Posts: 303
Loc: North West United Kingdom
Oh, and just in case you think I'm an old codger - I'm only 27!!!
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#917313 - 01/03/06 04:52 PM Re: what are your other interests?
Euan Morrison Offline
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Registered: 12/01/05
Posts: 1588
Loc: Edinburgh
matthewpiano: I went to Chatsworth once when i was younger. Now THATS a place that sticks in your mind forever! Absolutely fantastic. The thing i remembered the most about it (apart from the overall exterior), was the painting of the violin that looks 3d, but is flat. Pretty amazing. Really fools you!

Monica: think I had Sam Adams a while back - wasnt too bad from what I remember. There are a couple of 'boutique' US beers I would like to get around to trying. But I honestly believe that Belgian beers are the finest creations in the alcohol world!!

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#917314 - 01/06/06 07:19 PM Re: what are your other interests?
PianoMajor@MSU Offline
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Registered: 12/01/04
Posts: 234
I have a strange mix of hobbies and interests:

Ice Hockey (both playing and watching NHL)
fitness - strength and endurance training
swimming - since I was a kid
cars - everything about them
dance/night clubs
partying - in every sense of the word, intoxicated or not lol


...ON THE OTHER HAND...


studying to get that A \:\)
playing piano!!!
singing
reading
listening to classical music (lately all Chopin and Beethoven)
Church ( if you want to call that a hobbie?)
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#917315 - 01/20/06 03:25 PM Re: what are your other interests?
bluemountain Offline
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Registered: 10/30/05
Posts: 37
Loc: MA
without any order, but the kids are first \:\) :

spending time with my kids (when they let me sleep through most of the night \:\) )
cooking (new things every time)
having guests over
needlework
knitting
decorating
reading (philosophy, religion, history, classics. Mostly Russian, but my favorite as of today is Julien Green)
educating myself in every possible way
looking for the old friends of mine - I lost almost all connections after moving to the States...

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#917316 - 02/26/06 03:55 PM Re: what are your other interests?
lol_nl Offline
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Registered: 02/21/06
Posts: 918
Loc: Ede, Netherlands
Hmm...

TV
Reading
Internet Surfing
Holidays

That's about it...
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"Music is enough for a lifetime, but a lifetime is never enough for music."
-Sergei Rachmaninoff.

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#917317 - 04/30/06 08:55 PM Re: what are your other interests?
Ken Knapp Offline



Registered: 04/18/06
Posts: 2213
Loc: Pennsylvania
Lets see.. ham radio, coin collecting, flying (but not for several years), reading, and camping. Might have to sell the coin collection to pay for my new upright! \:\)

Ken
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#917318 - 05/01/06 08:55 PM Re: what are your other interests?
-Phantom- Offline
Full Member

Registered: 04/30/06
Posts: 23
Loc: Modesto
Besides Piano, which quickly became my main hobby the past four months I Like

Emmy Rossum #1
Women
Economics
Women
Philosophy
Women
Religion
Women
Movies
Women
Reading
Girls
Girls
Girls

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#917319 - 05/04/06 08:16 PM Re: what are your other interests?
PerformingYak Offline
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Registered: 11/16/05
Posts: 205
Loc: Lightning Ridge, Australia
Take it you like women then.
After reading a few posts I realised I have forgotten my foremost hobby....Drinking.
I got back to my house after the school holidays and seriously thought I might be an alcoholic as the consumable contents of my kitchen were as follows

-one packet of noodles
- one tin of tuns
- one kilo of frozen mince
- one frozen lasagne which thank god I found otherwise it was mince cocktail for dinner

- one jar of chilli paste
- one jar of olives
- nine stubbies of Tooheys new
- seven bottles of wine (white and red)
- one large bottle of triple distilled vodka
- two bottles of baileys
- one quarter bottle of Kahlua
- one quarter bottle of Creme de Menthe

.....I didn't go shopping for another two days!!!
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#917320 - 07/24/06 08:55 AM Re: what are your other interests?
ROSSO Z Offline
Full Member

Registered: 04/08/06
Posts: 37
Loc: Northern VA
In order of preference:

Girlfriend
Golf
Z06
Piano

\:D

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#917321 - 07/24/06 09:03 AM Re: what are your other interests?
Frank_W Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 05/10/06
Posts: 1047
Loc: United States
Piano (of course)
Scuba Diving (I'm frickin' ADDICTED!)
Writing (freeverse poetry, mostly)
Reading (anything and everything; fiction, medical, historical... My study looks like a library after some major catastrophe!)
Languages - (Fluent in Japanese, currently studying Spanish)
Spirituality
Volunteering with Hospice
Off-roading my Jeep
Weightlifting
Listening to music of all kinds
Playing 9-ball
Helping and supporting others
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#917322 - 09/14/06 02:52 PM Re: what are your other interests?
pianoplayersite.com Offline
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Registered: 09/07/06
Posts: 52
I enjoy:

- Reading Great Literature
- Writing
- Cooking (and eating of course)
- Walking and spending time outdoors
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#917323 - 09/14/06 03:02 PM Re: what are your other interests?
Frank_W Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 05/10/06
Posts: 1047
Loc: United States
Scuba diving
Flying ultralites
Off-roading in my Jeep
Working out
Reading
Woodworking
Contemplating
Watching movies
Listening to music
Volunteering with Hospice
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#917324 - 09/14/06 03:06 PM Re: what are your other interests?
Monica K. Offline

Platinum Supporter until Dec 31 2012


Registered: 08/10/05
Posts: 17771
Loc: Lexington, Kentucky
My kids
Reading (great and not-so-great literature \:D )
Jogging
Numismatics (rare coins)
Art medals (I collect those with a motherhood theme)
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#917325 - 09/14/06 03:12 PM Re: what are your other interests?
memrys Offline
Full Member

Registered: 02/25/06
Posts: 294
Loc: northern new mexico
Painting (abstract expressionism)
Kayaking
Asian-style cooking
Meditation
Metaphysics, especially astrology

-merlin

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#917326 - 09/14/06 03:17 PM Re: what are your other interests?
Wandering Weezard Offline
Full Member

Registered: 03/14/06
Posts: 369
Loc: Indiana
Family
Video games (way too much)
Reading
Writing
(not arithmetic)
Fishing
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#917327 - 09/14/06 03:36 PM Re: what are your other interests?
oldcars Offline
Full Member

Registered: 05/11/06
Posts: 253
Loc: Philly burbs
Automobiles - collector, modern
Magic
Audio
Fishing - fresh water
Blackjack
Poker
Backgammon
Chocolate
Wine
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#917328 - 09/18/06 11:51 PM Re: what are your other interests?
Fatlock Offline
Full Member

Registered: 07/23/06
Posts: 28
Loc: Washington State
I love to bowl- i do it 3 times a week, not including my league bowling.

im pretty good at hacky sacking, but putting all my weight on one leg all the time hurts my hip \:\/
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#917329 - 09/19/06 08:06 PM Re: what are your other interests?
lmpianist Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 08/28/06
Posts: 8
Loc: Ithaca, NY
- Engineering (my profession)
- Mathematics
- Egyptology
- Mythology, all kinds
- Opera, especially Wagner
- Board games, all kinds

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#917330 - 09/23/06 11:15 AM Re: what are your other interests?
leebea Offline
Full Member

Registered: 01/20/05
Posts: 173
Loc: Peoria, Arizona (formerly MA)
-My Chrysler Crossfire
-Radio Control Model Aircraft - Build and fly
-I'm a Student pilot
-Photography
-Travel
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#917331 - 10/20/06 06:12 AM Re: what are your other interests?
_Kelly_09 Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 10/08/06
Posts: 3
I also enjoy:
Photography
Writing
Reading
Saxophone
Film

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#917332 - 10/23/06 04:38 AM Re: what are your other interests?
Mr Super-Hunky Offline
4000 Post Club Member

Registered: 04/17/05
Posts: 4235
Loc: Arizona.
.Formerly, Springboard diving, 1997 mens indoor nationals silver medalist (1m,3m)U.S diving team.

.Formerly bodybuilding, previous Mr Teenage Connecticut.

.Formerly motocross riding, (screwed up that one big time!!)

.Currently rock crawling and trail riding in a built jeep and Polaris Ranger.

.Porn!



.Taking 400mg per day of Doxycyclene to try and deal with Lymes disease which is kicking my butt! \:\(

. Very much enjoying my new Mason & Hamlin "BB" grand.

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#917333 - 10/27/06 11:23 AM Re: what are your other interests?
rborc415 Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 10/26/06
Posts: 15
Loc: New York City
I play guitar, fiddle, tin whistle (if I had more fingers i could be my own trad band)
Love photography, cooking, languages, learning new things,
Musically, anything except rap, hiphop or R&B
Sorry, these are not music, and their proponents shold not be allowed to refer to themselves as "artists"

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#917334 - 10/28/06 09:50 AM Re: what are your other interests?
ryan.greene Offline
Full Member

Registered: 10/22/06
Posts: 159
Loc: Dayton, OH
Viola
Violin
Hi-Fi Audio (only headphones, cause I can't afford speakers)
Computer Gaming
Building computers etc
School (hahaha)
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#917335 - 10/28/06 12:07 PM Re: what are your other interests?
IrishMak Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 01/20/06
Posts: 1614
Loc: New Hampshire, USA
Oh, let's see:

Reading- mostly fantasy/sci-fi, some mysteries, and whatever looks interesting (old newspapers, cereal boxes....)

Food- well, eating, mostly! My hubby does most of the cooking, but we spend a lot of time discussing new recipes he's trying out, and watching Food Network programs!

Music- all kinds. We spend a goodly amount of time (and money!) seeing live concerts- mostly jazz, tho I manage a few rock concerts a year, too. And I sang for about 18 years with an adult chorale, tho currently I do not sing except in the car and shower!

Writing- I've done a bit, mostly fiction. Tho the one thing I actually sold was not, go figure.

Fish- I have two (well, three if you count the fishless one) aquariums indoors (55 and 90 gallon) and a small pond outside.

Chili and salsa competitions- summer time hobby!

And spending way too much time browsing the internet!!
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1889 Mason & Hamlin screwstringer upright
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#917336 - 11/14/06 06:08 PM Re: what are your other interests?
HannahT Offline
Full Member

Registered: 04/09/04
Posts: 199
Loc: UK
Caroline from newcastle: physics is cool i do it at a-level lol

my other interests:

Medicine
Reading
LOTRS
cooking
bike rides
world issues
religion
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#917337 - 11/25/06 10:15 PM Re: what are your other interests?
Roger Ransom Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 01/19/05
Posts: 1254
Loc: SouthWest Michigan
Woodworking
Model Ship Building
Traveling in our Miata

A bunch of other minor ones.
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#917338 - 11/25/06 11:29 PM Re: what are your other interests?
LisztAddict Offline
2000 Post Club Member

Registered: 12/12/05
Posts: 2896
Loc: Florida
riding bike
playing ping pong
traveling in my Sienna

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