Carter's Top Ten Books/Movies/Recording Artists (this week)
1. Hunger, written by Knut Hamsun. A writer breaks down and we go through it with him.
2. Aguirre, the Wrath of God, directed by Werner Herzog. Madness, the Amazon River, a conquistador's search for an imagined city of gold, and a series of striking images (a man's severed head counting, a ship caught in the forest canopy, a raft overrun with monkeys) make this my all-time favorite film
3. Ceremony, written by Leslie Silko, taught me that it's good to be alienated.
4. The Drones create bleak, noisy, religious death rock (kind of paraphrasing from their myspace page with vivid lyrics and loud guitars. "Jezebel" is their masterpiece.
5. Stalker, directed by Andrei Tarkovsky, explores the desire to escape spiritual oppression.
6. Green Grass, Running Water (or The Truth About Stories) by Thomas King. The Truth About Stories explores the same ideas and themes in a series of essays that Green Grass, Running Water does in a masterful and hilarious novel about a wishy-washy Indian and his encounter with four spirits. King is a master of broad humor as cultural critique.
7. Nature and Madness, written by Paul Shepard, examines the cultural consequences of modern humanity's alienation from our lived environments.
8. '70s "krautrock" by bands like Neu!, Faust, and Can. Crazy stuff that now influences the likes of Radiohead. Good music to write with--kind of long and rhythmic and repetitious, helps me find the writing groove and keep moving in it.
9. Wonder Boys by Michael Chabon is where I turn when I need a fix of beautifully composed, hilarious prose.
10. Duck Soup, starring the Marx Brothers. Anarchy = slapstick = liberation.