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16 March 2008 @ 10:49 pm
Rock stars for friends: who would you meet?  
Most of the people who have caught my eye on the big screen or in the music scene (or novelists, which I was going to call "or penning for green" but decided it was taking the rhyme too far ... point being, anyone who is high profile and sick of getting too much fan mail), are people I don't want to meet.

However, there are a few, whether through an interview, a behind the scenes, a gag reel, an autobiography or the like, some untouchable will capture my attention in a way that makes me think I might get a kick out of getting to know the actual human being.

Who do you think you would actually want to meet in a casual chat environment?

My off-the-cuff list:
Gene Kranz (NASA, Failure is not an Option)
Henry Rollins (pretty much everything, but starting with Get in the Van)
Vin Diesel (Multi-Facial interview)
Claudia Christian & Jerry Doyle (Babylon 5 episode guides; it's all about the humor)
Bruce Willis (Hudson Hawk)
Michael Rosenbaum (Smallville, season 2 gag reel)
Ani Difranco (Living in Clip asides)
Clea Koff (Bone Woman)
Masi Oka (Heroes commentary)
Ursula K. LeGuin (her Taoist works and commentary)
Jason Beiler (Saigon Kick, various interviews)

Whenever I've imagined being as famous as a few of these people, I always have this moment of intense sympathy. It must do such weird things to the monkey sphere (the monkey sphere is "us", whoever and whatever "us" is - the internet makes our monkey sphere bigger. yea internet!) - the people you knew before you were famous, the people you meet while you're famous which, at least from reading Gavin de Becker's The Gift of Fear, I suspect would be met with ever increasing cynicism ("What do you want?" "You don't know me, you know my character/music/public persona." (etc.)), and, as with any subculture, the eventual tedium of insulation/isolation.

I'd be fascinated to learn more about how much or how little social lives and social mechanisms change pre-, mid- and post-fame. Observed it firsthand? Experienced it? Read an (auto)biography that delves into the social progression of people as they rise to fame? I've decided to attempt to make this my social anthropology topic of choice until I stop obsessing about the effect of endorphins (a.k.a. New Relationship Energy (NRE)) on romantic relationships :-P

If the attempt fails, a social anthropology pseudo-thesis on NRE is forthcoming. ;>
 
 
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Kburgunder on March 17th, 2008 04:21 pm (UTC)
I hereby award thee an extra 1,000 points for listing Valentina Tereshkova :)