1. Fred Astaire or Gene Kelly? No opinion.
2. The Great Gatsby or The Sun Also Rises? Haven’t read either.
3. Count Basie or Duke Ellington? Ellington, but don’t really care.
4. Cats or dogs? Cats. Intensely.
5. Matisse or Picasso? Picasso, by a mile. Matisse is shite.
6. Yeats or Eliot? Yeats.
7. Buster Keaton or Charlie Chaplin? Buster Keaton, definitely.
8. Flannery Oï¿½Connor or John Updike? No opinion.
9. To Have and Have Not or Casablanca? Hmm. Casablanca. But like both films very much.
10. Jackson Pollock or Willem de Kooning? Don’t like the former, no opinion on the latter.
11. The Who or the Stones? The Who.
12. Philip Larkin or Sylvia Plath? Neither, really.
13. Trollope or Dickens? Never read Trollope, don’t much like Dickens.
14. Billie Holiday or Ella Fitzgerald? Ella Fitzgerald.
15. Dostoyevsky or Tolstoy? Dostoyevsky, but think Tolstoy’s a genius, too.
16. The Moviegoer or The End of the Affair? Are these films or books? Haven’t seen / read either.
17. George Balanchine or Martha Graham? No idea what this is about.
18. Hot dogs or hamburgers? Hamburgers.
19. Letterman or Leno? Couldn’t give a toss.
20. Wilco or Cat Power? ???
21. Verdi or Wagner? Verdi. But these two are still (probably) my two favourite composers.
22. Grace Kelly or Marilyn Monroe? No opinion.
23. Bill Monroe or Johnny Cash? Johnny Cash, definitely.
24. Kingsley or Martin Amis? Kingsley Amis, for Lucky Jim.
25. Robert Mitchum or Marlon Brando? No opinion.
26. Mark Morris or Twyla Tharp? Who??
27. Vermeer or Rembrandt? Rembrandt.
28. Tchaikovsky or Chopin? Tchaikovsky, but not a huge fan of either.
29. Red wine or white? Red.
30. Noï¿½l Coward or Oscar Wilde? Oscar Wilde.
31. Grosse Pointe Blank or High Fidelity? Haven’t seen the former; preferred the latter as a book.
32. Shostakovich or Prokofiev? Good question: Prokofiev, I think, on balance.
33. Mikhail Baryshnikov or Rudolf Nureyev? No opinion. Don’t like ballet.
34. Constable or Turner? Turner.
35. The Searchers or Rio Bravo? Haven’t seen the latter, didn’t much like the former.
36. Comedy or tragedy? Comedy. (It’s the genre capable of the most profundity.)
37. Fall or spring? Autumn.
38. Manet or Monet? Manet.
39. The Sopranos or The Simpsons? Haven’t seen the former, haven’t seen much of the latter, but quite like what I’ve seen.
40. Rodgers and Hart or Gershwin and Gershwin? Rodgers and Hammerstein, please.
41. Joseph Conrad or Henry James? I like Conrad, and haven’t read any James.
42. Sunset or sunrise? Sunset. I’m never really up for sunrise.
43. Johnny Mercer or Cole Porter? Cole Porter.
44. Mac or PC? Macs. All the way.
45. New York or Los Angeles? New York, New York.
46. Partisan Review or Horizon? Don’t read either.
47. Stax or Motown? No opinion. Probably Motown.
48. Van Gogh or Gauguin? Gauguin. A trip to the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam three years ago cured me of the opinion that VVG was a major painter.
49. Steely Dan or Elvis Costello? Elvis C.
50. Reading a blog or reading a magazine? Blogs.
51. John Gielgud or Laurence Olivier? Not sure.
52. Only the Lonely or Songs for Swinginï¿½ Lovers? The former.
53. Chinatown or Bonnie and Clyde? The former, but then I haven’t seen the latter.
54. Ghost World or Election? The latter, but then I haven’t seen the former.
55. Minimalism or conceptual art? These terms are too vague for me.
56. Daffy Duck or Bugs Bunny? Bugs Bunny, in the Road Runner Movie.
57. Modernism or postmodernism? Post-modernism’s just modernism misunderstood.
58. Batman or Spider-Man? Batman.
59. Emmylou Harris or Lucinda Williams? EH, but quite like LW too.
60. Johnson or Boswell? No opinion, really.
61. Jane Austen or Virginia Woolf? Jane Austen.
62. The Honeymooners or The Dick Van Dyke Show? What are these?
63. An Eames chair or a Noguchi table? What are these?
64. Out of the Past or Double Indemnity? What are these?
65. The Marriage of Figaro or Don Giovanni? Don Giovanni, a cena teco, et cetera.
66. Blue or green? Silly question (not like the others)
67. A Midsummer Nightï¿½s Dream or As You Like It? Measure for Measure.
68. Ballet or opera? Opera. Definitely.
69. Film or live theater? Apples and oranges, I’m afraid.
70. Acoustic or electric? No preference.
71. North by Northwest or Vertigo? Like the latter, haven’t seen the former, oddly enough.
72. Sargent or Whistler? No opinion.
73. V.S. Naipaul or Milan Kundera?
74. The Music Man or Oklahoma? Oklahoma! (the exclamation mark is missing from the question!) And yes, the Farmer and the Cowman should be friends.
75. Sushi, yes or no? Not really.
76. The New Yorker under Ross or Shawn? Who? Who?
77. Tennessee Williams or Edward Albee? No opinion. Too long since I read either.
78. The Portrait of a Lady or The Wings of the Dove? Haven’t read either.
79. Paul Taylor or Merce Cunningham? Who? Who?
80. Frank Lloyd Wright or Mies van der Rohe? No opinion, I think. Maybe FLW.
81. Diana Krall or Norah Jones? Norah Jones has the whiney voice. Which one is Diana Krall?
82. Watercolor or pastel? Don’t really like either.
83. Bus or subway? Underground or metro.
84. Stravinsky or Schoenberg? Schoenberg.
85. Crunchy or smooth peanut butter? Both are disgusting
86. Willa Cather or Theodore Dreiser? No opinion.
87. Schubert or Mozart? Schubert, by a head.
88. The Fifties or the Twenties? That reduces to Joyce v Elvis, and then Joyce wins. But not by much.
89. Huckleberry Finn or Moby-Dick? Haven’t read either, shamefully, but plan to read M-D first.
90. Thomas Mann or James Joyce? James Joyce, obviously.
91. Lester Young or Coleman Hawkins? Who? Who?
92. Emily Dickinson or Walt Whitman? Dickinson.
93. Abraham Lincoln or Winston Churchill? Abraham Lincoln, I think.
94. Liz Phair or Aimee Mann? Who? Who?
95. Italian or French cooking? Italian.
96. Bach on piano or harpsichord? Harpsichord.
97. Anchovies, yes or no? Definitely not. Except in bloody mary.
98. Short novels or long ones? As long as it takes, for the novel.
99. Swing or bebop? Swing.
100. “The Last Judgment” or “The Last Supper”? The Last Supper, by Leonardo or Birtwistle.
1. Fred Astaire or Gene Kelly? No opinion.