Author Archives: Eve Sturges

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(OR, A Crazy Story!) 1994: Open Mic Night at the Brick House Café, my freshman year of high school. It was before my parents had reason to worry, before cell phones and before Starbucks. I spent my extracurricular hours at the “Brick House,” where I learned about clove cigarettes and ska music bands like Let’s [...]
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The Band, all their albums but especially The Last Waltz Dr. Dog, albums Fate and Shame, Shame How Green Was My Valley, Richard Llewellyn The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck Singing with Megan Smith of Misner & Smith Bass Lake in Point Reyes National Seashore True Stories, The Talking Heads Woody GuthrieW ShakespeareW In My Craft Or Sullen Art, [...]
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ferries (the boat kind) The Big Lebowski PoutineW Brown aleW disc golf libraries Irish Breakfast teaW Bill Bryson Ella Fitzgerald bikes
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Power (Voodoo Version), King Britt Presents: Sister Gertrude Morgan “Holy Ghost is Here Right Now,” Rev. Milton Brunson “Mary Don’t You Weep,” Aretha FranklinW “I’ll Fly Away,” Treme Brass Band “I’m Gonna Sing Til The Spirit Moves,” Fisk Jubilee Singers “When God Dips His Pen of Love,” Five Blind Boys “Joshua Fit the Battle of [...]
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Happy Birthday, TML!

This summer has been a little hectic, and life has become full of so much enrichment — there’s books, and movies, and albums everywhere and all the time these days. That was the whole idea, and all of a sudden it’s been a whole year! To all of you who have taken the time to [...]
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Amar Es Combatir, Mana A Night at the Opera, Queen Spanish for 100 Jason ReitmanW Edgar Wright Christopher NolanW Dressing up as Santa the late Robert JordanW Brennan Manning Barack Obama
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Great Northern?, Arthur Ransome The Cross and the Switchblade, David Wilkerson The Pianist Schindler’s List Stone Cold, David Baldacci A View From the Bridge, Arthur Miller The Day of the Triffids, John Wyndham A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess Candide, Voltaire
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Lucille BallW getting haircuts The Black Keys ”Within You Without You,” The BeatlesW ”Do Right Woman,”  Aretha Franklin Julie TaymorW NPR Michael Pollan Michel FoucaultW Hey! Mara is my cousin; read about “Family 1st Friday’s” in The Magpie Blog!
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House of Leaves, Mark Z. Danielewski The Shining, Stephen King Infinite Jest, David Foster Wallace “anything Russian” “books I am either too tired or to afraid to read (or reread). until this baby starts sleeping I can’t afford to have any nightmares! nor can I keep my eyes open for D.F.W. or Dostoevsky…” Note: New [...]
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The Things They Carried, Tim O’Brien Achtung Baby, U2 Wings of Desire Bird by Bird, Anne LamottW Jane AustenW, all of it–from the novels to Clueless & Jenifer Ehle in the BBC La Femme Nikita A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, Dave Eggers I’m Your Man, Leonard Cohen Drop Dead Gorgeous Straw for the Fire: [...]
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Pride & Prejudice Chronicles, Bob Dylan “Cosmic Dancer,”  T REX About a Boy & Jerry Maguire (boys growing up and becoming men!) “Bonzo’s Montreux,” John Bonham Atticus Finch’s courtroom speech in To Kill a Mockingbird Annette Funicello dancing in pastel heels in Babes in Toyland “The Longest Time,”**  Billy Joel “Hot Pants,”  James Brown Ziggy [...]
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Beyond the Mountain, Steve House Snatch Pineapple Express Katy Perry Blueberry Pie Tea Flight of the Conchords
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All music by Seal Favorite Nigerian Food: Jollof Rice + Dodo (fried plantain) with grilled chicken Stinson Beach, CA Cuba (Cayo CoCoW!) Propeller Head Music Software Volkswagon (“Love my Jetta”) Transformers  (and the soundtracks) Facebook  (every so often that is!) Duke University Apple iPad
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“Lucinda/Ain’t Goin’ Down to the Well”- Tom WaitsW Singers Later recordings of Robert JohnsonW Boardwalk Empire on HBO Shuffels Marvin Pontiac (Read this:John LurieW!) Shakers Dashiell HammettW Pigeon, Patrick Suskind Sinners
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The Tempest, William ShakespeareW Serenity America Magazine Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen Clueless The Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries Bossypants, Tina Fey Mary RussellW Mysteries, Laurie R. King The New America, Bad Religion Mack The Knife, Ella FitzgeraldW
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The Paladium in LA in the 40′s, hosted all the big bands (“I was there on many weekends:  Glen MillerW, Tommy DorseyW, Benny GoodmanW, Artie ShawW“) Songs: “I’ll Never Smile Again;”  ”Begin the Beguine;” (“I’m still trying to play my clarinet like A. Shaw! ha!”) I was president of UCLA’s Men’s Glee Club in ’47 [...]
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The Death of Bunny Munro: A Novel, Nick Cave Strangeland, Tracey Emin The King’s Speech (“I was a sceptic, but it’s brilliant”) Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Jessie J’s cover of the Naked and the Famous’ ”Young Blood” August SanderW ‘s photography Miranda (TV series on BBC) Arsenic & Old Lace Victor Hugo’s Delicatessen in Edinburgh [...]
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“Bob Dylan’s 49th Beard,” WilcoW The Dark Is Rising, Susan Cooper German Danish Butter Cookies BockW Devotion to the Cross, Pedro Calderon de la BarcaW Scotland Yard Family Game Contact Mics Mille Bornes Card Game “Madame George” Van MorrisonW  
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What’s Eating Gilbert Grape Blood In The Ashes, William Johnstone The Communist Manifesto, Karl Marx The Devil Makes Three The Rugrats Movie Toast Machine Into the Wild, Jon Krakauer Electric Apricot Lord of the Flies, William Golding Sunday jams at the Phoenix Theater “I’m just a normal young musician with a lot more to learn in music and [...]
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