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  1. All Quiet on the Western Front,  Erich Maria Remarque
  2. The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
  3. The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger
  4. A Lion’s Tale: Around the World in Spandex, Chris Jericho
  5. A Time to Kill, (movie and the book), John Grisham
  6. The Bible
  7. The Rose That Grew From Concrete, Tupac Shakur
  8. Me Against the World, Tupac Shakur
  9. The Pursuit of Happyness
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  1. The Sartorialist
  2. The Devil Wears Prada
  3. Moulin Rouge!
  4. Lucky Magazine
  5. Hotel Costes CD’s
  6. Mad Men
  7. Boardwalk Empire
  8. The Social Network
  9. So You Think You Can Dance
  10. Mesrine: Killer Instinct
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  1. The Food Network: Giada De Laurentiis , Paula Deen, and Ina Garten
  2. Act a Fool,” Lil John
  3. Pretty Woman
  4. The News,” Jack Johnson*
  5. My aunt’s tamale pie recipe
  6. Egg in a basketW
  7. 80 year old women in my body pump class
  8. The Gipsy Kings
  9. Daughters,” John Mayer
  10. “Kill them with kindness” (“Just the expression…it’s what I say to myself when I want to punch people.”)

*follow the link to listen!

Mari Egan   Student   Davis, CA
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  1. Peter Max Paints America, Peter Max
  2. Emily Post’s Etiquette
  3. Pet Sounds, The Beach Boys
  4. Exile on Main Street, The Rolling Stones
  5. The Sound and the Fury, William Faulkner
  6. Charlotte’s Web, E.B. White
  7. Anne of Green Gables (“the book, by Lucy Maude Montgomery AND the Kevin Sullivan films starring Megan Follows”)
  8. Running Fence, Christo and Jeanne-Claude
  9. Casey at the Bat, Ernest Theayer
  10. The Gospel of JohnW

“The music was the hardest part for me. I ended up choosing Exile because: a) I love the story of its recording; the Stones torn and frayed, on the run and holed up in the south of France, Marianne Faithful lazing around in the same leopard bikini for days, Keith and Anita Pallenberg, and b) the Stone’s best music came out of that time. If Doc Brown pulled up to my house in the DeLorean tomorrow, my first stop would be Villefranche-sur-Mer circa 1971.  Pet Sounds was easier for me because it’s just beautiful–”God Only Knows” brings tears to my eyes, and “Wouldn’t it Be Nice” always makes me smile.”

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  1. David Sedaris
  2. Transcendental Meditation
  3. Frank’s Wild Years, Tom Waits
  4. Woody AllenW
  5. Kristen Wiig
  6. Maria Bamford
  7. Mitch Hedberg
  8. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  9. Debbie HarryW
  10. Candace Bushnell

Melinda Hill is one funny lady; click on her name, below, to see her website, and read her blog, “Marriage Material!”

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  1. The Horrors
  2. Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad
  3. In Cold Blood, Truman Capote
  4. The Mighty Boosh
  5. Little Britain


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  1. The Station Agent
  2. any poetry by Pablo Neruda read in a sunny window
  3. Nice Girls Don’t Explode
  4. 311, 311
  5. Everything Is Illuminated, Jonathan Safran Foer
  6. Dazed & Confused
  7. Legend, Bob Marley
  8. Only by the Night, Kings of Leon
  9. How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk
  10. Aquemini, Outkast
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  1. Taxi Driver
  2. “Nutshell,” Alice in Chains
  3. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (soundtrack), Nick Cave & Warren Ellis
  4. “The Thrill Is Gone,” * B.B. King
  5. Once Upon a Time in the West
  6. Rory Gallagher: Irish Tour
  7. Darkness, Take My Hand, Dennis Lehane
  8. Vertigo
  9. American Psycho, Bret Easton Ellis
  10. Euphoria Morning, Chris Cornell

*follow the link for B.B. King’s “The Thrill is Gone” on youtube!

Niall Queenan   Screenwriter   Sligo, Ireland
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  1. Mignonette, The Avett Brothers
  2. U2
  3. Jenny LewisW (“whether in Rilo Kiley, Jenny and Johnny, or her solo work, I will take her in any form!”)
  4. A Midsummer Night’s Dream, William Shakespeare
  5. Harriet the Spy, Louise Fitzhugh
  6. In the Desert, Stephen Crane
  7. parenthood (not the movie or tv show, but my experience of)
  8. The Long, Hot Summer
  9. Six Feet Under
  10. Ireland

“I tried to take your advice and not stress over this, but it was a challenge! It’s funny, I feel inspired on a daily basis, but when it came down to it, so many of my choices were from way back in my past. Am I filling my time with mediocre music/books/movies or is it more difficult, the older I get, to fall as hard and feel as deeply for things? I don’t know- but I loved the process.”


Sarah Bella Goodman   Mother   Novato, CA
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  1. Sigmund FreudW
  2. Mother Ann LeeW and The ShakersW
  3. “Sinnerman,” Nina SimoneW
  4. Robert Mapplethorpe’s photo of Louise Bourgeois holding her ”Fillette”
  5. Sun Ra in Egypt and Italy
  6. Duchamp’s Etant DonnesW
  7. Baldassare Forestiere
  8. Kinaalda: A Navajo Rite of Passage
  9. Yoko Ono CUT
  10. Jean-Michel BasquiatW
Chloe Boleyn Palmer   Artist   Los Angeles, CA
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  1. Where the Heart Is
  2. Justin BieberW
  3. Jersey Shore
  4. Twilight
  5. Pretty Woman
  6. Rascal Flatts
  7. Confetti Cake
  8. Natalie PortmanW
  9. My Momma (?)
  10. The Notebook
Taylor McCrary     Davis, CA
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  1. “Mr. You’re on Fire Mr,” Liars
  2. Notwist,” Pilot
  3. Obstacle,” Interpol
  4. Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots part 1,” The Flaming Lips
  5. Speakers Push Air,” Pretty Girls Make Graves
  6. Sexy Results,” Death From Above 1979
  7. Cause = Time,” Broken Social Scene
  8. Deceptacon,” Le Tigre
  9. Two Headed Boy,” Neutral Milk Hotel
  10. You Know You’re Right,” Nirvana

“My college list, 2002-2004″

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  1. “Purple Rain,” Prince and the Revolution
  2. Saturday Night Live (The Early Years! )
  3. Licensed to Ill, The Beastie Boys
  4. Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak
  5. On Writing, Stephen King
  6. Shopgirl, Steve Martin
  7. “Hotel California,” The Eagles
  8. Cool Hand Luke
  9. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
  10. Adventures in the Screen Trade, William Goldman
Trevor Baierl     Playa del Rey, CA
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  1. Pharmako, Dale Pendell
  2. The Way Things Go,” Fischli & Weiss
  3. Deadwood
  4. Sequoia Sempervirens
  5. SNL Digital Short: “The Tizzle Wizzle Show
  6. Wolves in the Throne Room
  7. Indeterminacy,” John Cage
  8. oldworld Japanese knives
  9. Danner Hiking Boots
  10. Harry Potter Books
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  1. The Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown 2006- Fast Division*
  2. Frankie Manning and Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers* (“Especially Hellzapoppin from 1941″)
  3. Wildflowers, Tom Petty
  4. Basic Brown: My Life and Our Times, Willie Brown
  5. Cooking with Trader Joe’s
  6. Take a Little Piece of My Heart, Erma Franklin
  7. “Forever,”  Ben Harper (Welcome to the Cruel World)
  8. Sea Green, See Blue,* JayMay (Autumn Fallin)
  9. The Loose Marbles performing in New Orleans with Meshiya Lake*
  10. Sookie Stackhouse, Charlaine Harris

*this Magpie list is link-crazy; click around for Jaymay on youtube, lindy-hop madness, and a New Orleans street performance with Meshiya Lake!

Valerie Brown   Political Aide   Oakland, CA
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  1. Frog and Toad
  2. The Bad Plus
  3. Stardust, Neil Gaiman
  4. The Sandman, Neil Gaiman
  5. FugaziW
  6. Wild Zero
  7. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
  8. They Might Be Giants
  9. FLCLW
  10. The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien

Gio plays upright bass in a bluegrass project, The Brothers Comatose; check out their song, “Trippin’ On Down the Mountain,”  in the Magpie Blog!

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  1. Dream,” Priscilla Ahn
  2. Yesterday,” Atmostphere
  3. Miss Congeniality
  4. You Can Call Me Al,” Paul Simon*
  5. Meng Li Xiao Xiang
  6. John Mayer
  7. Jurassic Park
  8. Finally Moving,” Pretty Lights*
  9. Outside Lands Festival 2010

*follow the links for listening and viewing pleasure!


Valerie Lee     Santa Cruz, CA
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  1. The Best Show on WFMU with Tom Scharpling
  2. All the Real Girls
  3. Miss Misery,” Elliott Smith (live performance at The Academy Awards)
  4. The Story of Everest
  5. Late Night With David Letterman
  6. Oh You’re So Silent Jens, Jens Lekman
  7. The Goonies
  8. Mutual Appreciation
  9. All Hail West Texas, The Mountain Goats
  10. Bioshock for XBOX 360
Joey Devine   Comedian   San Francisco, CA
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  1. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
  2. Withnail and I
  3. Home for the Holidays
  4. His Dark Materials Trilogy, Philip Pullman
  5. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte
  6. The Syringa TreeW, Pamela Gien
  7. “Life Uncommon,” Jewel*
  8. Making Hay, John Jeppson
  9. Sweet Honey In The Rock
  10. Shakespeare

*follow the link to watch Jewel sing “Life Uncommon” on youtube!

Antonia Stout   Artist   Los Angeles, CA
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  1. The BibleW
  2. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch*
  3. Tuesdays with Morrie, Mitch Albom
  4. The Wizard of Oz
  5. The Sandlot
  6. What A Wonderful World*,” Louis ArmstrongW
  7. Listen to the Music,*” Doobie Brothers

*follow links to youtube for music and for Randy Pausch’s entire “last lecture!”

D. Lee  ”Uncle Doug”  to me! Read about Family (1st!) Fridays in the Magpie Blog!


D. Lee     Rocklin, CA
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