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You've Seen Ocean's Eleven. Now Experience Gillespie's Dozen.

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Human Events, still Ronald Reagan's favorite publication, has interviewed Reason's Nick Gillespie as part of Lisa De Pasquale's ongoing feature, De Pasquale's Dozen (for an archive, go here). Snippets:

1. If there were a television channel that only showed one movie over and over, what movie should it be?

GILLESPIE …if there were a TV channel that showed the same movie over and over again, I'd wonder what the hell I was doing in Ceausecu's Romania.

3. In A Clockwork Orange, Malcolm McDowell is strapped in with his eyes propped open and forced to watch images until he was "cured." If you could give President Obama, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Leader Harry Reid the "Clockwork Orange treatment," what movie would you make them watch? What movie would you make Republican leaders watch?

GILLESPIE: I'd make them watch themselves on C-SPAN. The great baseball pitcher Dennis Eckersley was a boozer and he tells a story of how his kids turned a video camera on him one Christmas morning and when he saw what a drunken jerk he was, he sobered up. Maybe it would work for pols.

9. Many have said that Washington D.C. is like Hollywood for ugly people. How do you think D.C. is like Hollywood? How is it different?

GILLESPIE: Having lived in LA and D.C., I'd have to say that differences are few and far between and constantly exaggerated. The two cities have nothing in common, other than they are packed with conniving bastards who are convinced of their own genius and want to finance everything with other people's money.

11. What books were on your summer reading list?

GILLESPIE: I spent a chunk of time reading Steig Larsson's trilogy—you know, Girl With Mike Tyson Tattoo, Girl With Urinary Tract Infection, and Girl Who Eats Breakfast at Anne Frank's International House of Pancakes. I enjoyed them immensely because they were about a political magazine editor who had enormous amounts of random sex while fighting off serial killers and eating like 5,000 sandwiches. Which apart from the sex and the serial killers, pretty much is totally right on when it comes to describing my experiences. Steig Larsson gets it, though I'm afraid that he's written himself out.

Read the whole dozen answers here.

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  1. his kids turned a video camera on him one Christmas morning and when he saw what a drunken jerk he was, he sobered up. Maybe it would work for pols.

    Did it work for David Hasselhoff? I never felt so sorry for a cheeseburger.

  2. Man, The Jacket is a God of Snark. Maybe the God. I bow down before it.

  3. Let’s see a Clock Work Orange reference, check. A really bad movie reference, check. Saying your favorite movie is some forgettable piece of pop culture kitsch, check. Get in a foodie Rachel Ray slam, check.

    I can’t figure out is Nick is giving serious ironic performance art making fun of urban hipsters or if he really is that predictable and stale. I hope it is the former.

    1. I can’t figure out is Nick is giving serious ironic performance art making fun of urban hipsters or if he really is that predictable and stale. I hope it is the former.

      Or he’s really giving the interviewer what she wants! suck.com, Brian from Family Guy….c’mon.

      1. at least someone else on god’s green earth admires the retarded charm of next of kin.

        must everything be kultur war for you, john? doesn’t it get boring imagining there are legions of strangers sneering at the shitty things you enjoy?

        1. Oh Come on DHex. Is there anything more trite than making fun Rachel Ray? Yeah we got it, she uses packaged foods and doesn’t meet Anthony Bordain’s standards. He might as well have talked about how the Backstreet Boys really are not a very good band. It would have been about as interesting or original.

          And Point Break? Really?

          1. point break is very funny, though. it’s not a particularly good “film” but it is an excellent movie.

            i didn’t see that as mocking rachel ray so much as saying how much better the format would be were it a race against time. plus more to the point, it was meant to be funny.

            who should he poke fun at?

    2. I hope it’s ok to piggyback on the suck.com reference by linking to a classic Hillary cartoon — I’m sure Nick would approve:

      http://www.suck.com/daily/2000/09/22/nc_index6.html

    3. I thought he was pretty funny. I’m easily amused though.

  4. He seems to have been accidentally shot by Claudine Longet!

    1. Here’s a poem I wrote years ago and had almost forgotten:

      Little Miss Longet
      Sat on her Duvet
      Slurping her curds and whey
      When along came a Spider
      Who sat down beside her
      Claudine blew that poor sucker away

  5. I thought Reagan loved Reason.

    The answer about Hollywood-DC was William Goldman brilliant.

    Congratulations on finishing the trilogy. After the first one I had the same notion Johnson had about Paradise Lost: I enjoyed it, but never wished there was any more of it.

  6. de Pasquale called you a conservative, Nick! What the hell.

  7. You misspelled dear old Nicolae’s name ? it’s Ceausescu. Or, if you wanna get technical about it, Ceau?escu.

  8. I was hoping for better comments, but I think Gillespie snarked so hard that he scared off the any possible commenter.

    1. I imagine East Coast lunch time before a long weekend is more to blame than anything.

      1. I wanna get fucked up NOW!!

  9. I couldn’t resist the opportunity to experience Gillespie first-hand.

    Few can, few can.

    Great interview, btw. Gillespie is the snark master. I especially liked the DC-LA answer.

    1. Yeah, if that was off the cuff, it’s a pretty impressive feat.

  10. Planet of the Apes is a great Straussian allegory about rulers who tell noble lies and heroic individuals who must know the truth. But what I really like about the movie is its happy ending and snappy musical numbers. It’s the feel-good movie of the year!

    No, that’s Stop the Planet of the Apes, I Want to Get Off!. Which, were it actually produced, would probably be better than the PoTA 2001 remake.

    1. Dr. Zaius, Dr. Zaius!
      Dr. Zaius, Dr. Zaius!
      Dr. Zaius, Dr. Zaius!
      Oh, Dr. Zaius!

      1. One of us should have provided the link.

        1. Oh why did it have to end?

    2. No, that was Beach Blanket Bingo Goes Around the Planet of the Apes.

  11. Seriously. I am wary of any novel that’s actually popular. Are these Girl with the Something Something books any good?

      1. Have only read the 1st one and saw the movie later. It started out with a really cool premise and was full of fun, novel ideas and characters.

        I won’t give anything away, but then it degenerated into another more familiar genre and all of that novelty and promise was gone. I will read the 2nd one but now my guard is up. So it was a fun read for the most part and is a decent book, but not great. The author was a leftist (before he died) but his book had a nice anti-authoritarian air and he does portray some anti-corporatist feelings you might agree with at first but this too degenerates into another genre and his ending and his villains have a lot in common with many Hollywood stereotypes.

        There is a funny parody of it (one page long) and of the main female character I came across recently that was amusing if you had read the book. You could google that to get a flavor of it (but exaggerated)

    1. I dunno, but I saw the original movie (Dragon Tattoo) a few weeks ago. If you like people getting what they deserve, it’s pretty nice. Or if you like rape, I guess.

      1. Or if you like rape, I guess.

        The lead actress could have had better boobs. What is the point of a good movie rape scene without perfect boobs bouncing around?

        What is up with European boobs? They must not get enough milk from hormone fed cows or something.

      2. Yeah, my wife bought that movie. yeah, that was totally messed up. Talk about hard core sadist. I thought it a bit much.

  12. Goddamn they ate a lot of sandwiches in those Stieg Larsson books. And drank a shitload of coffee.

  13. One of the good things about being a libertarian is that you can refuse to enter the political arena

    We should make a list.

    There really are a ton of good things about being a libertarian.

    Like we are all better at oral sex then anyone else. That really comes in handy.

    1. Yes, Mr. Corning, you are better than most.

  14. Shit, where do we get the badges for the Gillespie fan club? I thought I was just coming over here for the articles, I swear.

  15. Claudine Longet. Married Andy Williams when she was 18. Living proof that musicians get more pussy than God. If Andy freaking Williams can get that at 18, what limit is there for musicians and women?

    1. I’ll take Courtney Love for $500, Wink.

      1. Only someone so mentally ill and disturbed that they are destined to shoot up a death lode of heroin right before taking a self inflicted shotgun blast to the head would become a musician only to marry that skank.

  16. The two cities have nothing in common, other than they are packed with conniving bastards who are convinced of their own genius and want to finance everything with other people’s money.

    LA’s small population of those people lost one of its dearest members when Nick took his leather jacket and left.

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