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I’m Still Here.


I am totally here. But, as you can see, The Magpie List is on a bit of a hiatus. I love every single aspect of this project, but find my life fuller and more busy than ever before. Starting TML showed me how much I can do and how far I can go with connections and knowledge. I can’t find enough hours in the day to read all the wonderful books you’ve recommended, watch the movies! Hear the songs! And all of it inspired me to reach even higher: I’m in my first year in a graduate school program, I started free-lance writing, I started teaching!

It is ironic that the very thing that has inspired my life must take a back-burner in it, but I think you (dear readers) understand.

Keep on collecting and sharing treasures. I’ll pop in here again soon.

love and shiny buttons,

Eve Sturges

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  1. Being There
  2. Defending Your Life
  3. Spirited Away
  4. Inspiration Information,” Shuggie Otis
  5. Jitterbug Perfume, Tom Robbins
  6. Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card
  7. The Rainbow Goblins, Ul de Rico
  8. Cat’s Cradle, Kurt Vonnegut
  9. Not a Pretty Girl, Ani DiFranco
  10. “Empire State of Mind,” Jay-Z

Deanna Russo is one part of “Married Single Divorced,” a new web series coming out later this summer! I had a chance to visit her on the set; read about it in The Magpie Blog!

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  1. City of Thieves, David Benioff
  2. The End of Faith, Sam Harris
  3. Straight Man, Richard Russo
  4. Henry Fool
  5. Glengarry Glen Ross
  6. Sling Blade
  7. Albuquerque Lullaby, Dan Bern
  8. This is the 21st Century, Marillion
  9. The Joe Schmo Show
  10. Ken Burns’ Baseball


Dave Gast     Cotati, CA
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  1. Jamie’s Italy (cooook booook!!!)
  2. The Princess Bride
  3. Star Wars
  4. Conan (the books)
  5. Conan the Barbarian (the movie)
  6. Mystery Science Theater 3000 (does that count?)
  7. Any book by Andrea Camilleri
  8. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
  9. Anything by P.G. Wodehouse, especially if it has Jeeves in it
  10. All the Monty Python movies
  11. Billy Madison
  12. Braveheart
  13. Yojimbo

Gio plays a mean upright bass with The Brother’s Comatose; their new album is coming out…any…day…now! Check them out, have listen!

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  1. The Great Escape
  2. Gladiator
  3. American Beauty, Grateful Dead
  4. The Wire
  5. American Graffiti
  6. M*A*S*H (the movie!)
  7. The Sting
  8. Chinatown
  9. McCabe & Mrs. Miller


Ellen Reid     San Francisco, CA
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  1. Refernce, Ryann Bosetti
  2. The Color Wheel, Alex Ross Perry
  3. Colours,” Donavan
  4. 100% Guido, Harsh Patel
  5. So So Sick,” Unrest
  6. Adagio For Strings, Christian Oldham
  7. The Gentlewoman
  8. Forest Lawn: The Great Mausoleum
  9. LePigeon, Jerry Pigeon
  10. Christine, Alan Clarke


Richard   RN   Los Angeles, CA
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  1. Hiking along the coast in Nova Scotia
  2. The King’s Speech
  3. Taking a class on western films
  4. Zeitoun, David Eggers
  5. Planning trips
  6. Snowshoeing on the lake
  7. Playing Mexican Train Dominoes with my family
  8. Walking my dog
  9. Riding my bike 28 miles to eat breakfast
  10. Preparing my old legs to jog 6 miles


Toni Egan     Davis, CA
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  1. The Goonies
  2. Labyrinth
  3. The Neverending Story
  4. The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
  5. The Princess Bride
  6. Hook
  7. Pee-wee’s Big Adventure
  8. Willow
  9. Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure
  10. The Karate Kid Collection

“10 Kids’ movies from the 80′s and 90′s that influenced who I am today”

Read about “Broke-Ass Stuart” in the Magpie Blog, and visit his own website to read what he has to say about  his movie list!

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  1. Song Three Blues,” Alberta Cross
  2. Service Bell,” Grizzly Bear feat. Feist
  3. Wolves,” Phosphorescent
  4. Kill a Man,” Gram Rabbit
  5. When I’m Small,”  Phantogram
  6. You May Be Blue,” Vetiver
  7. ”In the Direction of the Moon,Wolf Parade
  8. 6669 (I Don’t Know If You Know),”  Neon Indian
  9. Strange Fruit,Nina SimoneW
  10. New Kanada,” Solid Gold

“round 2…i am such an audiophile.” (see Amanda’s first list here!)

this list is so video-crazy, i couldn’t choose just one, so it’s just a link-fest!


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  1. In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, Neutral Milk Hotel (song and album!)
  2. The Harry Potter books, J.K. Rowling
  3. Arrested Development
  4. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain
  5. Cat’s Cradle, Kurt Vonnegut
  6. Pickin’ Up The Pieces, Fitz and the Tantrums (album)
  7. Moulin Rouge!
  8. Pushing Daisies
  9. The Little Mermaid
  10. Cinema Paradiso
  11. Parks and Recreation

read about my discovery of modern communication and the design genius of Kate’s Blimp Cat Studios in the Magpie Blog!

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  1. Jeans (from Jnco to James, I’ve loved them all)
  2. Steak (thick cut, rib-eye, butter, A1 on the side)
  3. Italian movies (The Conformist, Blow Up, Caro Diario)
  4. Bernice Bobs Her HairW and all the short stories of  F. SCOTT FITZGERALD
  5. Paul Simon’s Graceland album
  6. Pearl Jam (I am serious, ages 12 – 20)
  7. The Wonder YearsW
  8. The Baby-Sitter’s Club #1 /Sweet Valley High #1: Double Love books (let’s be honest, they are the same thing)
  9. Summer Camp
  10. Dracula (Bram Stoker’s, Coppola’s, Sesame Street‘s)
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  1. A Thousand Acres, Jane Smiley
  2. There Will Be Blood
  3. The Fragile, Nine Inch Nails
  4. the smell of new pointe shoes
  5. When the Stars Go Blue” Ryan Adams
  6. Remarks of Senator Barack Obama at the New Hampshire primary, Jan. 8, 2008
  7. The Big Lebowski
  8. Little Earthquakes, Tori Amos
  9. A Single Man
  10. an empty dance studio


Claire Richardson   Dancer   Los Angeles, CA
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  1. The Best of The Guess Who
  2. Jethro Tull, watching Ian Anderson rock on the flute with one leg
  3. Andrea Bocelli, “Time to Say Goodbye“ …goosebumps everytime
  4. Night, Eli Wiesel (listening to him makes me want to hop a flight and audit his classes)
  5. Ayaan Hirsi AliW, it took guts for her to write books about Islam
  6. Memento …over and over and over
  7. Original Japanese Iron Chef
  8. Take a Little Piece of my Heart,” Janis JoplinW
  9. Creating dishes from food with the people who grew it around the table.
  10. When a great chef asks, ”is there anything you don’t like? may I cook for you?”


Julie Ridlon   Chef   St. Louis, MO
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  1. Chronicles: Volume One, Bob Dylan
  2. “A Perfect Day”, Lou ReedW
  3. Harold and Maude
  4. The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars, David Bowie
  5. All Things Must Pass, George Harrison
  6. A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole
  7. “Bonzo’s Montreux,” Led Zeppelin
  8. A Prayer for Owen Meany, John Irving
  9. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
  10. The Shawshank Redemption

no one ever said that inspirations don’t change with time and mood; see Danielle’s July list; it’s similar, but different! (and no one ever said you can only submit one list! got something else? send it in!)

Danielle Syslo   Actor   Los Angeles, CA
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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. Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sex * But Were afraid To Ask (Watch it now!)
  2. E.E. CummingsW‘ poem Self-Excoriation 1, 2, and 3.
  3. The Revolution of Everyday Life, Raoul Vaneigem (Read it for free; just follow the link!)
  4. “Nashville Blues,” Doc Watson
  5. Days of Heaven
  6. Patti Smith is a new fascination after reading Just Kids
  7. Five Easy Pieces
  8. Lolita, Vladimir Nobokov
  9. The entire album of Graceland by Paul Simon has saved my life more than once. It can make the worst day better.
  10. Eating Animals, Jonathan Safran Foer

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My BEST reads:

  1. Hiroshima, John Hershey
  2. Prodigal Summer, Barbara Kingsolver
  3. Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, Helen Simonson
  4. Rose Daughter, Robin McKinley
  5. The Postmistress, Sarah Blake
  6. The Help, Kathryn Stockett

I DISLIKED reading:

  1. Fab: An Intimate Life of Paul McCartney (egotist!)
  2. Clapton: The Autobiography (awful! I didn’t want to know!!)

I WANT to read:

  1. Horse Heaven, Jane Smiley
  2. The Venus Fixers, Ilaria Dagnini Brey


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  1. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
  2. The Office (BBC!)
  3. “Ojala,” Silvio RodriguezW
  4. Made in Britain
  5. Back To Black, Amy Winehouse
  6. People Hold on, Eddie Kendricks
  7. ”This is” series by M. Slasek
  8. The Corner, David Simon & Edward Burns
  9. ”Periodico de Ayer”  Hector LavoeW
  10. Annie Hall

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  1. Howard Roarke from The Fountainhead by Ayn RandW
  2. Iceland
  3. “The Birth and Death of a Day,” Explosions in the Sky
  4. The Moon
  5. Fogged up Car Windows at 4 am
  6. Dandelion Wine, Ray Bradbury
  7. Two legs to walk with
  8. Ice cream
  9. Road Trips
  10. Water

“1,2,3, and 6 are highly recommended.  And as the teacher in Perks of Being a Wallfower said to Charlie when he handed him The Fountainhead: “Be a filter, not a sponge”


Alessio Tummolillo   Student/Writer   Lugano, Switzerland
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  1. Blue, Joni Mitchell
  2. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
  3. Sky Blue Sky, Wilco
  4. The Midnight Organ Fight, Frightened Rabbit
  5. One Nil, Neil Finn
  6. Letters to a Young Poet, Rainer Maria Rilke
  7. Burning in Water, Drowning in Flame, Charles Bukowski
  8. The Princess Bride, S. Morgenstern
  9. Amélie
  10. Eagle vs. Shark

check out Flo’s really neat music project, Taking Requests!

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