Every month at work we have an all-staff lunch where everyone pitches in. We try to sit with those staff members we don’t see often or don’t know well. We’ve been doing this for a couple of years now, and everyone looks forward to it.
Yesterday our table fell into discussion about cultural imperatives after a number of us
quoted lines word-for-word remembered some details about a movie that others had not seen. Those who had seen “Princess Bride” agreed that one must see this movie to be considered culturally literate. Then people started chiming in on what they thought were cultural imperatives. Time ran short as we agreed on the following:
• “Princess Bride”
• Any Monty Python movie
• “Mr. Tambourine Man” as emoted by William Shatner *
I posted something about it on my Facebook page and got a few more suggestions:
• “Brokeback Mountain” story and movie
• “Blazing Saddles” or any Mel Brooks movie
I can’t help but notice that most of them are movies. Given a little time to think about it, I can think of a few more. But I’m curious as to what you would consider a “must.” What would you add to this list of cultural imperatives?
*Not culturally literate on this particular one? You can find it on my playlist on the right-hand column! You must sit all the way through it to hear the closing refrain.