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    w...why would anybody make such a movie? I can tell you exactly how the movie was thought up.

    "*inhales* *coughs* hey dude, dude, DUDE! Dude, Jordan, you know Guildencrantz and Rosenstern are Dead, right?"
    "No way? When did they die?"
    "No you fucking asshole it's the name of a movie. Tracy Ulman was in it."
    "Oh dude ok, what about it?"
    "Check this out: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are UNDEAD. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA."
    **The Next Morning**
    "Man, crazy night last night. What's this? 'Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Undead'? I should totally make that movie."
    • CommentAuthortomas
    • CommentTimeMay 6th 2008
    Will Oldham and Brendan McCarthy, if no one's mentioned them yet.
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    Thank you for mentioning Harlan. He's a one of a kind, and not to everyone's tastes, either in his work or behavior, but I was going to list him as the most awarded living writer in the world, and yet no one knows his name. At least, I think he still holds that distinction.

    And that frees me up to suggest a name I love introducing people to: Richard Matheson.

    If I go into a litany of his work with someone, you can see their eyes refocus, seeing seminal images of what he's done, then the realization that it was all the work of one writer. Shatner at 20,000 feet. The shrinking man fighting off the normal sized house spider. Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour in love in 1912. Darren McGavin staving off a supernatural villain of the week. The little Zuni doll chasing Karen Black. Two relatively recent movies from Kevin Bacon and Robin Williams. And of course I Am Legend, in the form of three different movies for three different generations.

    The Edgar Allen Poe of the Beat Generation.

    I Love Richard Matheson. He scares me, tugs at my heart, makes me laugh. I hope I can meet him before we lose him, 'cause he's getting up there in age.
    • CommentTimeMay 7th 2008

    Oh fuck no...
  3.  (599.145)
    Jorge Luis Borges.

    He deserved a fucking Nobel price. They could have ditched Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson, and given it to him instead. He also deserves a far bigger audience of readers than he currently has (my impression is that he's chronically obscure, even among so called litterature-savvys, while he should be read by anyone who thinks they know anything about fantasy and science fiction).
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    @ Brent Wilcox

    Peter Blegvad? Oh fuck yes. Man's a genius.
    • CommentTimeMay 7th 2008
    People outside of Canada don't seem to know who David Suzuki is, and I find that sad. He's right up there with Gandhi, John Lennon and Jesus if you ask me.

    Maybe even having that article written about him automatically excludes him from the "Un(der)appreciated" group, but since I've moved to the states I haven't met anyone who has heard of him.
    His autobiography is one of the most interesting ones I've ever read.
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    Borges, definitely!

    I'm going to add Donald Barthelme, an author much better known in the 70s (when he was most active... well, and alive for that matter) than he is today.

    I could get into underappreciated musicians, but that would take me a while to list... I've been accumulating those for my radio show for decades... my Myspace friends are cluttereed with them.
    • CommentTimeMay 8th 2008

    I'm Aussie and I know who he is
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    robert johnson, the man who put the B in the blues, the D in the delta and the R in the road
    • CommentAuthorwellsy
    • CommentTimeMay 8th 2008
    Ben Affleck - No I'm not joking, im sugesting him for his writing and directing. His performance in Chasing Amy is his best and I'm one of the few who liked him in Daredevil.

    Embrace - Better than Coldplay, all I'm gonna say.

    Denis Leary - No trying to piss of the Bill Hicks fans. Should get a mention for his excellent acting and writing for Rescue Me. And if knowone has seen Bill Hicks they will think he's funny.

    James Dean Bradfield - One of the best frontmen around. Great vocal range, he can go from singing/shouting 'Yes' to the soft, harmonious vocals of 'Small Black Flowers That Grow In The Sky'
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    Nearly everybody is better than Coldplay.