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  1. Amar Es Combatir, Mana
  2. A Night at the Opera, Queen
  3. Spanish for 100
  4. Jason ReitmanW
  5. Edgar Wright
  6. Christopher NolanW
  7. Dressing up as Santa
  8. the late Robert JordanW
  9. Brennan Manning
  10. Barack Obama
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  1. Lucille BallW
  2. getting haircuts
  3. The Black Keys
  4. Within You Without You,” The BeatlesW
  5. Do Right Woman,”  Aretha Franklin
  6. Julie TaymorW
  7. NPR
  9. Michael Pollan
  10. Michel FoucaultW

Hey! Mara is my cousin; read about “Family 1st Friday’s” in The Magpie Blog!

Mara Grubb   Student   Bellingham, WA
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  1. The Things They Carried, Tim O’Brien
  2. Achtung Baby, U2
  3. Wings of Desire
  4. Bird by Bird, Anne LamottW
  5. Jane AustenW, all of it–from the novels to Clueless & Jenifer Ehle in the BBC
  6. La Femme Nikita
  7. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, Dave Eggers
  8. I’m Your Man, Leonard Cohen
  9. Drop Dead Gorgeous
  10. Straw for the Fire: From the Notebooks of Theodore Roethke (collected by Daid Wagoner)
Laura   Designer   Portland, OR
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  1. Pride & Prejudice
  2. Chronicles, Bob Dylan
  3. “Cosmic Dancer,”  T REX
  4. About a Boy & Jerry Maguire (boys growing up and becoming men!)
  5. “Bonzo’s Montreux,” John Bonham
  6. Atticus Finch’s courtroom speech in To Kill a Mockingbird
  7. Annette Funicello dancing in pastel heels in Babes in Toyland
  8. The Longest Time,”**  Billy Joel
  9. “Hot Pants,”  James Brown
  10. Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars
Danielle Syslo   Actress   Los Angeles, CA
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  1. Beyond the Mountain, Steve House
  2. Snatch
  3. Pineapple Express
  4. Katy Perry
  5. Blueberry Pie
  6. Tea
  7. Flight of the Conchords
Azhar Zaheer     Lahore, Pakistan
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  1. All music by Seal
  2. Favorite Nigerian Food: Jollof Rice + Dodo (fried plantain) with grilled chicken
  3. Stinson Beach, CA
  4. Cuba (Cayo CoCoW!)
  5. Propeller Head Music Software
  6. Volkswagon (“Love my Jetta”)
  7. Transformers  (and the soundtracks)
  8. Facebook  (every so often that is!)
  9. Duke University
  10. Apple iPad
Rotimi Thomas   Graduate Student   Durham, NC
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  1. Lucinda/Ain’t Goin’ Down to the Well”- Tom WaitsW
  2. Singers
  3. Later recordings of Robert JohnsonW
  4. Boardwalk Empire on HBO
  5. Shuffels
  6. Marvin Pontiac (Read this:John LurieW!)
  7. Shakers
  8. Dashiell HammettW
  9. Pigeon, Patrick Suskind
  10. Sinners
Whisper Van   Musician   Sebastopol, CA
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  1. The Tempest, William ShakespeareW
  2. Serenity
  3. America Magazine
  4. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
  5. Clueless
  6. The Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries
  7. Bossypants, Tina Fey
  8. Mary RussellW Mysteries, Laurie R. King
  9. The New America, Bad Religion
  10. Mack The Knife, Ella FitzgeraldW
Emily Ciabatarri   Teacher   Napa, CA
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  1. 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“)
  2. Songs: “I’ll Never Smile Again;”  ”Begin the Beguine;” (“I’m still trying to play my clarinet like A. Shaw! ha!”)
  3. I was president of UCLA’s Men’s Glee Club in ’47 – ’48 and we did Shows in Royce Hall – My American Cousin and H.M.S. Pinafore! Great fun!
  4. Boy’s Life magazine
  5. Building – Tree house and also digging a cave in a vacant lot!
  6. Body Surfing in Santa Monica Bay and skating on local sidewalks
  7. getting a bicycle at Christmas
  8. Travel – we drove to New York and back 1936-37 (Dad’s work took us there and back)

I thought it would be nice to post my grandfather’s  list for Family 1st Fridays in July; a  World War II Veteran, he is  still inspiring in a myriad of ways!  Thanks, Granddad, for supporting the Magpie List!

Raymond Sturges   Retired   Roseville, CA
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  1. The Death of Bunny Munro: A Novel, Nick Cave
  2. Strangeland, Tracey Emin
  3. The King’s Speech (“I was a sceptic, but it’s brilliant”)
  4. Sony Ericsson Xperia X10
  5. Jessie J’s cover of the Naked and the Famous’ ”Young Blood”
  6. August SanderW ‘s photography
  7. Miranda (TV series on BBC)
  8. Arsenic & Old Lace
  9. Victor Hugo’s Delicatessen in Edinburgh (by the Meadows)
  10. Kitchen, Nigella Lawson
Hannah McGlynn   Student   Edinburgh, Scotland
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  1. Bob Dylan’s 49th Beard,” WilcoW
  2. The Dark Is Rising, Susan Cooper
  3. German
  4. Danish Butter Cookies
  5. BockW
  6. Devotion to the Cross, Pedro Calderon de la BarcaW
  7. Scotland Yard Family Game
  8. Contact Mics
  9. Mille Bornes Card Game
  10. Madame GeorgeVan MorrisonW


Rob Little     San Francisco, CA
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  1. What’s Eating Gilbert Grape
  2. Blood In The Ashes, William Johnstone
  3. The Communist Manifesto, Karl Marx
  4. The Devil Makes Three
  5. The Rugrats Movie
  6. Toast Machine
  7. Into the Wild, Jon Krakauer
  8. Electric Apricot
  9. Lord of the Flies, William Golding
  10. Sunday jams at the Phoenix Theater

“I’m just a normal young musician with a lot more to learn in music and even life.”


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  1. “Somewhere Over the Rainbow Israel Kamakawiwo’oleW
  2. Tommy Boy
  3. V for Vendetta
  4. The Confession(?)
  5. Disney Movies
Gregory Baron   Student   Durham, NC
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  1. French films, especially Amélie & La Femme Nikita
  2. This House of Sky, Ivan Doig
  3. Brown Eyed Girl” * Van MorrisonW
  4. English Premier League Football, Arsenal (see Fever Pitch by Nick Hornby)
  5. Best in Show
  6. Straw for the Fire: From the Notebooks of Theodore Roethke or pretty much any poem he ever wrote
  7. The Sweetest Thing” & ”Running to Stand Still” U2
  8. i thank you God for most this amazing day… E. E. CummingsW
  9. Romeo + Juliet ( Shakespeare, Zefferelli & Baz Luhrman)
  10. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, E.L. Konigsburg

*follow the link to hear Van Morrison’s “Brown Eyed Girl” on youtube!

“Thanks for the advice about getting stuck on producing the ”ultimate” list. I could either create 30 different lists of ten or spend way too much time trying to make a perfect one–which takes some of the fun out of it. This is a great idea for a site The only difficulty was to not just create a list made up entirely of other people’s top ten.”


Laura Bardon     Portland, OR
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  1. My daughter
  2. A Love Supreme, by John Coltrane
  3. Travels with My Aunt, by Graham Greene
  4. Mondovino
  5. Good Mexican food
  6. The smell of the sea on a hot and stormy day
  7. Amadeus
  8. Five Leaves Left, Nick Drake
  9. The White Ribbon
  10. BaliW


James   Fixer   London, UK
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  1. Citizen Kane
  2. Romeo and Juliet, William ShakespeareW
  3. Ulysses, James Joyce
  4. piano concerto no. 1, Tchaikovsky*
  5. Kind of Blue, Miles Davis
  6. My Parents
  7. The courage to be mild
  8. Mac Computer
  9. German Board Games
  10. Richard BurtonW

*follow the link to listen to Tchaikovsky’s piano concerto no. 1 on youtube!

Dileep Rao   Actor   Santa Monica, CA
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  1. Already Dead, Denis Johnson
  2. Enter Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), Wu-Tang Clan
  3. Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, Ludwig Wittgenstein
  4. Canticle V (The Death of St. Narcissus), T.S. EliotW
  5. The Celebration
  6. Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, Wilco
  7. Oblivion: Stories, David Foster Wallace
  8. Lonesome Crowded West, Modest Mouse
  9. Marcel Duchamp*
  10. Hocus Pocus, Kurt Vonnegut

*follow the link to a cool website about Marcel Duchamp!


Mac Smith   Student   Bellingham, WA
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  1. The NBA Playoffs
  2. JetBlue Cheeps
  3. Haley Reinhart on American Idol
  4. Baconalia at Denny’s
  5. Empire Records
  6. The Infanta” by The Decemberists
  7. Parks & Recreation
  8. Community
  9. Mine Is Yours, Cold War Kids
  10. Diet Coke


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  1. Languages
  2. The Time Traveler’s Wife, Audrey Niffeneger
  3. One,”  U2*
  4. The Little Prince, Antoine De Saint-Exupery
  5. Changes,” Tupac ShakurW
  6. The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
  7. Livin’ on a Prayer,” Bon Jovi
  8. Sex and the City (the show!)
  9. The Memoirs of Cleopatra, Margaret George
  10. Henry and June, Anais Nin

*Follow the link to hear “One,” by U2, or access the complete album, Achtung Baby, here.

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  1. Raincoats, Raincoats
  2. We Have Always Lived in the Castle, Shirley Jackson
  3. Francois TruffautW and Jean-Pierre LéaudW
  4. “Gloomy Sunday,” * Rezso Seress
  5. The short stories of Roald DahlW
  6. Love and Death
  7. Myrna LoyW and William PowellW
  8. Mrs. Dalloway, Virginia Woolf
  9. Parks and Recreation
  10. tUnE-yArDs


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