Keith R.A. DeCandido (kradical) wrote,
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I have been tasked with listing my ten favorite things that begin with the letter R.

In no particular order:

1. Robbie Robertson. The former guitarist/primary songwriter for The Band, one of my favorite groups, his solo material has been equally magnificent, from his rocking-but-soulful eponymous album to his exploration of his Indian heritage Music for the Native Americans, to Contact from the Underworld of Red Boy, which combines the two along with some Tom Waits-style musical experimentation to provide an amazing musical experience.

2. Renting cars. We don't own a car -- we don't need one very often, living in a city with a spectacular mass transit system, plus parking is a bear, insurance is horribly expensive, and have you seen what gas costs? -- but when we do need a car, we rent one. We rent with Enterprise (fitting for a couple of Trek writers, no?), and they've been very good to us.

3. The Ragpicker's Dream. A Mark Knopfler album that I'm particularly fond of. In particular it has two favorites, the hard-driving "Why Aye Man," and the ethereal "Fare Thee Well Northumberland," a song that always makes me think of the late David Honigsberg.

4. Real Gone. Probably my favorite Tom Waits album, as there's not a bad song on it. Of particular note are the intense "Hoist that Rag," the evocative "Don't Go Into That Barn," the rock/bluesy "Baby Gonna Leave Me," the ballad "Trampled Rose," the jaunty "Metropolitan Glide," the almost-danceable (hey, we're still talking Tom Waits) "Shake It," and so much more.

5. Reservoir Dogs. My favorite Quentin Tarantino movie. Simply a movie that works on every level, as it's a series of vignettes, yet manages to maintain an impressive coherence. A beautiful example of non-linear storytelling where the unfolding of the plot is perfectly executed. Plus Steve Buscemi's Mr. Pink is one of the finest movie characters ever.

6. "Reunion." One of my favorite Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes, despite the fact that it kills of K'Ehleyr, one of the finest Trek characters ever created. Simply a magnificent episode, building in intensity and drama, from Picard's meeting with K'mpec all the way to Worf gutting Duras like a fish. That last is one of the things I love about the episode: TV in general and Trek in particular would lead you to expect Worf to spare Duras at the last minute, possibly alongside a tired speech about vengeance not solving anything. But vengeance is a right in Klingon culture, and bravo to the writers for staying true to that. (It's also a gloriously cathartic moment.)

7. A Renaissance Christmas. Yes, another album, this being my favorite Christmas album, in particular for a spectacular version of "Ríu Ríu Chíu."

8. "Recurring Character." This was a short story I did for The Further Adventures of Xena Warrior Princess, and it's one I'm particularly proud of, as it used the fact that the extras on Xena were all played by the same six stunt guys in New Zealand. It's about a guy who encounters Xena on several occasions, each time he gets beat up badly by her, and she never remembers who he is from one time to the next. I'm inordinately proud of that story, though it doesn't get much play....

9. Resident Evil. This movie franchise has been good to me, as I've novelized all three films. In particular, I enjoyed novelizing Extinction, as I was given tremendous freedom to flesh out the storyline. It was probably the most fun I've had novelizing a film (yes, even more fun than Serenity).

10. The Randy Bandits. A wonderful local group that I've been privileged to guest with on percussion twice, they're still a favorite band to listen to with their multifaceted instrumentation, their phenomenal harmonies, and their impressive lyrics.
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