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  1. The XanthW Series, Piers Anthony
  2. Footloose
  3. Stomp
  4. “Smooth Criminal” by Michael JacksonW
  5. A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole
  6. Fight Club: A Novel, Chuck Palahniuk
  7. Christ of Saint John of the CrossW, Salvador DaliW
  8. The Office: The Complete BBC Collection
  9. Derren Brown
  10. Naomi Klein

Christ of Saint John of the Cross, Salvador Dali

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  1. Franny and Zooey, J.D. Salinger
  2. Finding Neverland Soundtrack, Jan A. P Kaczmarek
  3. Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet
  4. E. E. cummingsW (!!!)
  5. Spring Awakening
  6. Regina Spektor (espec. ”On The Radio” and “Consequence of Sound“)
  7. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  8. John Patrick ShanleyW
  9. Stargirl, Jerry Spinelli
  10. The Royal Tenenbaums

Hannah Mae is my cousin, and I am so excited to post her list that I’m not even going to wait for Family (1st) Fridays!

Hannah Mae Sturges   Student   Los Angeles, CA
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  1. The Jerk
  2. The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses, Paul Goble
  3. “Series of Dreams,” Bob Dylan*
  4. The Red Pony, John Steinbeck
  5. OdettaW
  6. In Living Color*
  7. RumiW
  8. Mermaids
  9. Happy Days, Samuel Beckett
  10. Nina Simone – Live at Montreux 1976 (follow the link to watch right now!)

*follow to youtube!


Kiva Garber-Maikovska   Artist   Los Angeles, 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. 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. 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. Fight Club
  2. Six Feet Under
  3. Amelie
  4. The Pavilion, Craig Wright
  5. Friday Night Lights
  6. American Beauty
  7. Traveling Mercies, Anne Lamott
  8. Choke, Chuck Palahniuk
  9. Hamlet, William Shakespeare
  10. Rushmore or The Royal Tenenbaums – it’s a toss up
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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. Our Lady of 121st Street, Stephen Adly Guirgis
  2. The Wizard of Oz
  3. The Office
  4. Twelfth NightW, William Shakespeare
  5. Cabaret
  6. Hello, Dolly!
  7. Diet Coke
  8. Barbra StreisandW
  9. DisneylandW*
  10. To Kill a Mockingbird ,Harper Lee

*we went to Disneyland for this week’s Magpie Minute; check it out!

Victoria Martinez   Actor   San Diego, CA
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  1. “Why?” Annie Lennox
  2. “Vogue,” Madonna
  3. The Very Best Of Fleetwood Mac, Fleetwood Mac
  4. Taboo (musical)W, Boy George
  5. Leigh BoweryW
  6. The End,” Jason Reeves
  7. Take It Like A Man, Boy George
  8. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  9. Friday I’m In Love,” The Cure
  10. If You Forget Me,” Pablo Neruda

“it was soooooo diffucult limiting myself to 10 – I made it as well rounded as I possibly could…”

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  1. My Neighbor Totoro
  2. Boxer, The National
  3. The Mercy Seat, Neil LaBute
  4. Richard III, William Shakespeare
  5. Monty Python and the Holy Grail
  6. The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Martin McDonagh
  7. There Will Be Blood
  8. Calvin and Hobbes, Bill Watterson
  9. It’s Blitz!, Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  10. That Mitchell and Webb Look*
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  1. Robert Wilson’s Woyzeck
  2. Breaking The Waves
  3. The Famished Road, Ben Okri
  4. Valley Girl (the movie!)*
  5. Valley Girl (the sound track!)**
  6. Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy
  7. Democracy Now!
  8. Abbey Road
  10. Blue Shoe, Anne Lamott

” *I think this was the first movie I ever recorded onto VHS off of HBO. We watched it every day for about a year.
**consequently, I memorized the soundtrack.”

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  1. James Taylor’s Greatest Hits (“in constant rotation with Willie Nelson’s Stardust“)
  2. Cinema Paradiso
  3. La Cantatrice Chauve (The Bald Soprano), Eugene IonescoW
  4. The Glass Family Stories, J. D. Salinger
  5. Energy, Operation Ivy
  6. Weetzie Bat,  Francesca Lia Block
  7. La Fabuleux Destin d’Amelie Poulain (Amelie)
  8. Funeral, Arcade Fire
  9. Midnight Train To Georgia,” Gladys Knight & the Pips
  10. Love Is a Mix Tape, Rob Sheffield

“These items, for one reason or another, were catalysts in my ever changing perspective of life. Mostly in chronological order.”

Jason Hougaard   Art Director   Los Angeles, CA
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  1. Nikosi Sikelele
  2. kora music of Mamadou Diabate
  3. “any good pipe and drum band” (eg. Edinburgh Military Tattoo!)
  4. Henri Rousseau’s jungle paintings
  5. San Francisco Saxophone Quartet
  6. Opus the penguinW from Bloom County
  7. watercolors from the original The Story of Babar books
  8. paintings and sculptures of George LilangaW
  9. perfectly fried okra
  10. Angels in America, Tony Kushner
Lark Jarvis     Livingston, TX
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  1. The Denial of Death, Ernest Becker
  2. Hamlet, William Shakespeare
  3. Hit ‘Em Up,” Tupac Shakur*
  4. silence, e.e. cummings
  5. Verdi’s Requiem, Guiseppe Verdi*
  6. Bedroom in ArlesW, Vincent van Gogh
  7. Check Your Head, Beastie Boys
  8. Charles BukowskiW
  9. The Garden of Eden, Ernest Hemingway
  10. Ode to Joy, Ludwig van Beethoven*
  11. Presto (Summer) from The Four Seasons, Antonio Vivaldi*

*watch and listen! (especially Ode to Joy…)

“I put eleven, because I could not retract anything, but I also didn’t want to add anything after eleven. So, I think my magpie list has eleven. I hope that doesn’t break any rules. And if it does, please let me re-do it, so I can subtract the one that really should be retracted, which could take several hours of epic self scrutiny.”

Michael Blackman     Los Angeles, CA
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  1. Ohad Benchertrit
  2. red lipstick
  3. raw milk
  4. barmW
  5. synchronicity
  6. asynchronicity
  7. Frank Stitt
  8. your heart within my heart (?)
  9. Sista Nella Flo
  10. Milo Minderbinder
  11. Mac Wellman
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  1. Joan JettW
  2. Pat BenatarW
  3. Billy IdolW
  4. Lady GagaW
  5. Blink 182W
  6. Le TigreW
  7. Cat PowerW
  8. Death Cab For CutieW
  9. Michelle BranchW (“before she went country”)
  10. Annie LennoxW
  11. ParamoreW
  12. Johnny CashW
  13. Nine Inch NailsW
  14. FlyleafW
  15. Rent (musical)W, and Rent, the movie!
  16. Les Miserables (musical)W
  17. The Phantom of The Opera (musical)W
  18. Cats (musical)W
  19. Chicago (musical)W
  20. Hedwig and The Angry Inch (musical)W
  21. The Rocky Horror ShowW
  22. Walk the Line
  23. Gia
  24. Avatar
  25. The Runaways

“…and many many many more. Too many to name.”

I found Megan on youtube — watch her garage performances in the Magpie Blog! (No, seriously. Girl can sing.)

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