Paula Light has prompted a game based on Six Degrees of Separation called Carnelli. Six books, films, songs and/or poems, linked in some way.
I have chosen one of Paula’s six choices to begin with, as I think that’s the idea, and followed on with six of my own. Leaving Las Vegas, begins like this,
Leaving Las Vegas. This is a 1995 movie starring Nicolas Cage and Elisabeth Shue. The story centers on the relationship between an alcoholic man who has lost everything that mattered to him and a prostitute. Sad, but great.
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is a novel by Hunter S. Thompson, a journalist and writer. Thompson was supposed to have inspired “gonzo” journalism, a less objective form of journalism. It isn’t clear how the word “gonzo” defines this style of writing; some say it came from a 45 single, Gonzo, by Louisiana Rhythm and Blues pianist, James Booker.
James Booker, described as “the black Liberace” and by Dr. John as “the best black, gay, one-eyed junkie piano genius New Orleans has ever produce”, also spent time as a session musician. He performed on Ringo Starr’s third solo studio album, simply titled Ringo.
After The Beatles, Ringo Starr took to acting. One of the first roles was in the film, That’ll Be The Day, about the rise of an aspiring rock and roll singer played by David Essex. The cast also included two other renowned British pop musicians: Keith Moon and Billy Fury.
Billy Fury, born Ronald Wycherley, initially considered working as a songwriter and went to sell some songs to rock and roll impresario, Larry Parnes . Parnes saw a different potential and thrust the boy on stage, giving him his new stage name, Billy Fury. He was a success, mainly for his provocative movements whilst singing, in imitation of Elvis. He had as many hits as The Beatles in their day though never had a chart no.1. His biggest UK hit was a ballad, Halfway to Paradise, written by Carole King and Gerry Goffin.
Paradise Lost is possibly the most well-known title of a poem very few people have actually read, me included. Probably because it is an “epic” poem, in other words “very long”. Written by John Milton in the 17th century, it tells of “The fall of man”, Adam and Eve, and Satan in the form of a serpent, and the couple’s expulsion from Eden after disobeying God.
East of Eden, a novel by John Steinbeck, was considered by the author to be his magnum opus. It tells the saga of a Californian rancher, Adam Trask, and his two sons, Aron and Caleb, whose story reflects those of Cain and Abel in the book of Genesis. Steinbeck’s chosen title comes from the verse, “And Cain went out from the presence of the Lord, and dwelt in the Land of Nod, on the east of Eden.”
I think it would be fun to have a postal address, The Land of Nod.