Home
Loading
  Contact Us    
Introduction to Favorite Things

Inaugural Column.

by Everett Wilson
June 18, 2005

Bookmark and Share
Introduction to Favorite Things
The current law says that I was grown up at age 18, though I had to learn that retroactively, so to speak. When I was 18, I didn't know I was grown up. I thought I had to wait three more years. But the legal definition decrees the length of my adulthood, so I will go with that.   
 
I now have fifty years of grown-up observation behind me – each of them, in its own way, "a very good year." I thought it was time to celebrate by inaugurating a new column reflecting on things I like and have continued to like since I first encountered them.    
I will try to keep from writing about things that everybody likes, because you could write your own columns about those. Instead I write about things either unique to my experience or things that deserved to survive but rarely surface today. Their day in the sun was all too short, in my view; they deserve still to be read, to be heard, to be pondered, or simply to be remembered. 
I will warn you in advance, in case you keep checking this column out, that there is no accounting for taste. Mine is unpredictable. As applied to literature and the fine arts, I have a few gourmet tastes along with an insatiable appetite for junk food. My favorite things extend beyond such limited categories, however; the only way to know what I am writing about in a given column will be to check in every two weeks. I am either a generalist or a  trivialist; the line between them is very thin. Here are some clues as to what is coming, broadly stated.      
 
My favorite books are not necessarily those that should be my favorites. They are those that fall apart in my hands after a decade or three of handling. My favorite movies are of three kinds.
  1. Those I see but once, but live through so vividly I don't want or need to see them again. (I saw The Color Purple and Ordinary People more than once, not because I needed to or wanted to, but because I was teaching a college course that had them as part of the curriculum.)
     
  2. Those that require nothing of me, like certain old musicals, except for me to sit there and soak them up. 
     
  3. Those in which I participate vicariously. I see them every five years or so, if I can. 
My favorite plays have nothing in common except perhaps the skill of the playwright. They tend to be as readable as they are performable. One critic put it something like this: Great drama always has the potential of great theatre, but great theatre is not always great drama.
 
My favorite people have been those who are comfortable in their own skin. They are more than I can write about or even name. I don't know whether they outnumber the others or not, and I'm not sure that I qualify myself. The miscellany and memories have just one thing in common, that I discern now: shared pleasure.

(0 Comments)
Post a Comment

Send Us Your Opinion
(Comments are moderated.)
Your Name:*


Your E-Mail Address:*
(Confidential. Will not be published.)


Location:


Comments:*
Note: In order to control automated spam submissions, URLs are no longer permitted in this form.



Verification:
Please type the letters you see above.

  Printer-Friendly

Bookmark and Share


PO BOOKS BY EVERETT WILSON
Real Things
A novel.
Published January 2, 2008
Temporarily Unavailable

Real Things first appeared in serialized form on the Partial Observer in 2001. It is now available in print for the first time.

Over thirty years after a senseless crash redefined his life, Greg Thompson and his family finally learn why.

More Information
RSS FEED
RSS Feed for Everett Wilson: RSS Feed for Everett Wilson
EMAIL ALERTS
Sign up to receive an e-mail notice when new articles by this author are published. Your address remains confidential, and you may cancel at any time. A confirmation email will be sent.

Your e-mail address:
po Books
Now Available!

Teachings of a Three Year Old... Turned Tyke,
by Hal Evan Caplan.

A father learns from the wisdom of his toddler.

More Information.

More by Everett Wilson
Necessary Things, A Companion and Sequel to Real Things
Available from Amazon Books, Amazon Kindle, and Me!
by Everett Wilson, 2/16/15
Until Barrett is Free, Neither Are We
Freedom of the Press is not a whim of the state
by Everett Wilson, 2/26/14
Why the United States Will not Get Competent Universal Health Care in my Lifetime
Six Obvious Reasons
by Everett Wilson, 11/15/13
An Open Letter to Congressman Jeff Fortenberry
Clean Sweep Time
by Everett Wilson, 10/2/13
An Open Letter to Congressman Jeff Fortenberry
Clean Sweep Time
by Everett Wilson, 10/1/13
Excerpt from my new novel, Scoundrels and Fools
Chapter 5: Ellis Johnson
by Everett Wilson, 7/12/13
The Rev. Marjorie Drickey's Last Message to a Dying World
And all the trumpets sounded for her on the other side.
by Everett Wilson, 2/14/13
» Complete List (151)


RSS FEED
RSS Feed for Everett Wilson: RSS Feed for Everett Wilson

Recently Published
View Article Salvator Mundi
Not the painting but the Person
by Greg Asimakoupoulos, 12/7/17
When the Newsman Becomes News
Lamenting yet another fallen hero
by Greg Asimakoupoulos, 12/1/17
Let's Hear It for Moms and Pops
Celebrating Small Business Saturday in a very personal way
by Greg Asimakoupoulos, 11/22/17
An Earthquake in La La Land
Examining what's been exposed in the rubble
by Greg Asimakoupoulos, 11/17/17
Where is God?
Reflecting on the tragedy in a little Texas town
by Greg Asimakoupoulos, 11/10/17
An All Saints Day Tribute
Remembering those who left us
by Greg Asimakoupoulos, 11/3/17
A Mighty Fortress was His God
Remembering the legacy of Martin Luther 500 years later
by Greg Asimakoupoulos, 10/27/17

Get the Partial Observer's
'recently published' headlines via RSS.


RSS Feed for Recently Published PO Articles    What is RSS?
Reproduction of original material from The Partial Observer without written permission is strictly prohibited.
The opinions expressed by site contributors do not necessarily reflect those of the editors.
Copyright ©2000-2017 partialobserver.com. All rights reserved.
Home · Site Map · Top