"Temporality is part of the truth" -- Chuck Klosterman

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Awards Season

I've only been at this for less than a month and I get an award. I feel like Marisa Tomei winning an Oscar. Did Jack Palance just read the wrong name? And to be completely forthcoming, the award is from a friend in real life, not just the blogosphere: Debbie Davis, from Debbie's Inkspectations.

Anyway, this is it. I'm a stylish blogger, alright. I don't know what is exactly so stylish about my plain ol' blog page, so I'm going to assume it's the writing that deserves an award. Even when I don't post pictures of my beautiful baby boy, people still want to hear what I have to say.

Rants about the state of American education? Check.
Whimsical whining about Facebook? Check.
Keeping you informed about my son's belly button? Check.

I'm supposed to do the following things:
"1. Thank and link back to the person who nominated you, only do not re-nominate them.
2. Share 7 things about yourself.
3. Pass along this nomination to 10 recently discovered stylish and cool bloggers.
4. Contact them and tell them about their nomination."

So in the spirit of awards ceremonies everywhere, I will tell you seven things about myself that each pertain to major awards in pop culture. I will countdown from seven (a trick every college student learns from Letterman), but don't expect number one to be any better than number seven. I'm working off the cuff here.

7. I agree with the Academy that Crash is a better picture than Brokeback Mountain
6. The last time I was concerned at all with who won a Grammy was in 1987, when Paul Simon won Best Album for Graceland.
5. About a minute and a half ago, I found out that Arcade Fire won this year's Best Album for The Suburbs, and I think that's damn cool beans.
4. Growing up, I always thought the Academy Awards were given for "grown up" movies that no one cared about because Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and ET were never included. It wasn't until I was "grown up" that I found out that those three movies were all nominated for several awards each, including Best Picture. This knowledge gave me belated respect for the Oscars.
3. I don't know why I feel like I have to respect the Oscars, but I do.
2. I'm an avid, and admittedly slow, reader, but the only major-award-winning book I can recall reading is the The Road by Cormac McCarthy (got the Pulitzer in 2007). I have several recent National Book Award winners on my bookshelves, but I haven't read any of them. (This doesn't include Newberry or other awards for Young Adult Lit. I've read lots of those.)
1. The Social Network will win this year's Oscar for Best Picture, not only because it's one of the best scripts written by Aaron Sorkin (and that's saying a lot, according to me) and has a soundtrack that's the best work Trent Reznor's done since The Downward Spiral, but also because it's one of only three Best Picture nominated movies I've seen this year, and we all know Toy Story 3 and Inception ain't gonna win.

I'm leaning a bit heavily on the Academy Awards here, but they are just a week away. And I don't say anything about the Emmys even though they're pretty good about acknowleding the best shows, despite never giving any love to Buffy or Battlestar.

Maybe all these pictures will make my blog seem more stylish, like I actually deserved any recognition at all. Now, about those other two requirements. I can't do it. As I said, I've only been at this for so long. I follow just a few other blogs, and I have such good taste that nearly all of those bloggers have already received this award. So I'll take a raincheck and send out the award to some others later. Can I do that? Someone will tell me if this is too huge a breach in etiquette, right?

And just for sticking with it, there's a delightful photo of SuperXander and his faithful sidekick.


  1. Yay for your belated respect for the Oscars. Honestly, I don't really care about them. I just like to see all of the fabulous celebrities sporting their designer gowns. I live vicariously through their fashion.

    Love the superbaby. He's cute. Love the Dunder Mifflin shirt, too. *hums theme song* So awesome.

    Doug at I like Cheese will insist that he passed on his awards after he got them, but I'm pretty sure he waited like two months before he just made up his own award instead. So you can hold onto your award for as long as you like.

  2. I didn't do any of the rules...I'm not sure if it is because it is too much work or because it feels too much like one of those forward emails that say you have to send it to 27 people or you will implode in 27 days.

    Most likely it is because I am a slacker and it doesn't fit in well with my cartoons. Can't have pretty awards that make my drawings look even more silly and childish.

    Congrats though. Your writing will attract more awards and you will need another bookshelf to hold them all.
    Funny Stuff I Write And Draw

  3. Cute pics. I usually don't participate in these memes or memeawards because I try to keep the blog educarion focused, but I always enjoy reading the responses on other people's blogs and learn a bit more about their personal side. :) Thanks for sharing a bit about you.

    Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse :)

  4. Nothing is more stylish than being a great dad, you deserve it.

    I am enjoying your posts. Keep it up.

  5. Thanks for all of the above comments. I think every blogger I've seen who's been given this award was somewhat self-deprecating about it. It's hard to be cynical and accept accolades for your writing at the same time.