Roger W. Gardner

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About me

Gender Male
Industry Communications or Media
Location New England, United States
Interests The current culture wars; ancient history, with special emphasis on the Roman Empire; general Western history, the arts, writing, archaeology, Roman and Egyptian antiquities, enjoying my wonderful sons and our great families, talking with my friends, admiring beautiful women, playing the piano, riding my cool red Vino, 1950s Retro Italian-style motor scooter up the winding coastline road on a warm summer afternoon, and of course my blog and the net.
Favorite Movies Impossible, but they would have to include Fellini (especially his lyrical La Strada, and all of the other great post-war Italian neorealism directors; Scorcese; Polanski, especially his Chinatown; William Wyler, especially his moving and prescient The Best Years of Our Lives; the Alastair Sim version of Scrooge, almost all of David Lean's magisterial work, especially his wonderful Great Expectations; The Third Man; The Quiet Man; The Wild Bunch; Elia Kazan's masterpieces, most especially On The Waterfront; Shane; Unforgiven; 2001 and Paths of Glory; The Maltese Falcon and The Treasure of Sierra Madre; A Christmas Story; and a few hundred more...
Favorite Music Bach, Mozart, Vivaldi, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Philip Glass, Satie, Adams, Poulenc, Bruckner, Mahler, Scriabin, Rachmaninov, Faure, Debussey, Ravel, Walton and a few hundred more...
Favorite Books For non-fiction, I would say Michael Grant for ancient history. For World War Two and Nazi Germany, Sir John Keegan and Professor Gerhard Weinberg -- both of whom I've had the pleasure of corresponding with. And for more current topics, Mark Steyn, Victor Davis Hanson, and Max Boot. Some of my favorite novelists would include Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Franz Kafka, and just for fun, John LeCarre, and perhaps, for the thrill of being transported back in time to a rowdy First Century Rome, that fragment of a novel, Petronius' "Satyricon".