Wednesday, December 30, 2009

The Great Wednesday Compare #5- Dennis Lee VERSUS Ann-Marie MacDonald

The final winner of last week's Great Wednesday Compare (Allen Ginsberg Vs Dennis Lee), with a final score of 4-1, was Allen Ginsberg!

What can I say about Allen Ginsberg? Years ago I read his "Howl and Other Poems," and remember enjoying it, but that's about all. Everything else I recall is simply pop culture references to the man: Lisa Simpson complaining that she saw that best meals of her generation destroyed by the madness of her brother, and David Cross's wonderful portrayal in the Bob Dylan bio-pic "I'm Not There." I tried to find a clip of the latter on YouTube, but instead found an actual clip of Dylan and Ginsberg at the grave of Keruoac:

Which, mistakenly I expected to be a bit more profound. It reminded me of this:

Ahh, my favourite scene in the whole movie. Now that I've gotten officially sidetracked, what's say we introduce this week's competitor?

Remember, vote simply by adding your comment below, base it on whatever merit you choose, voting does not end until Tuesday at 11:59 p.m. (Jan 5, 2009), and if you want your book to get more votes, feel free to promote them here or on your blog!

Who is better?


Kate said...

Ann-Marie MacDonald all the way! I loved Fall on Your Knees when it first came out, and waited for too many years in anticipation for her next novel (The Way the Crow Flies - almost as good as Fall on Your Knees). Her play Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) is also quite hilarious.

So much as I enjoy Dennis Lee, there is no question in my mind this week re. who to vote for!

Remi said...

Dylan and Ginsberg both sang back-up on Cohen's Don't Go Home With Your Hard-On. Not exactly a career high for any of them but some fun trivia nonetheless.

Seeing as people keep beating the beats, I will have to tip my hat to Dennis Lee the poet laureate of Canadian life from childhood to adulthood.

Teddy Rose said...

Ann-Marie MacDonald for me. I loved both Fall On Your Knees and The Way the Crow Flies.

Sandra said...

I greatly enjoyed both of MacDonald's novels. I have read some of Lee's poetry but I have to vote for Ann-Marie.