the lists

  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. The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore, Benjamin Hale
  2. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  3. Pumpkin Spice Granola
  4. 20 under 40
  5. Down comforters
  6. Wax & Wire,” * Loch Lomond
  7. The New Abs Diet
  8. Parks & Recreation

*follow the link to listen to Loch Lomond’s “Wax & Wire” and download their album,  Night Bats, 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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  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. Infinite Jest, David Foster Wallace
  2. “Echidna’s Arf” and “Don’t you Ever Wash that Thing?” from Frank Zappa’s Roxy & Elsewhere
  3. Rock My Religion, Dan GrahamW
  4. Darkness/Light/Darkness,* Jan SvankmajerW
  5. Coast to Coast AM with George Noory (10:00 every night on 640 KFI)
  6. Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook, Sally Fallon
  7. The Shock Doctrine, Naomi Klein
  8. The World is a Beautiful Place,* Lawrence Ferlinghetti
  9. The Wonderful World That Almost Was, Paul Thek
  10. Mr. Show

Read Greta’s thoughtful explanations in The Magpie Blog!

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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. Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Sense and Sensibility, Jane AustenW
  2. ShakespeareW (“almost anything, esp. King Lear, The Taming of the Shrew, Twelfth Night“)
  3. Philippa Gregory
  4. The Jungle, Upton Sinclair
  5. The Age of Innocence, Edith Wharton
  6. Night, Elie Wiesel
  7. The Road, Cormac McCarthy
  8. The Heart of a Woman, Maya Angelou
  9. The Count of Monte Cristo, Dumas
  10. The Last Lecture
  11. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott

“I couldn’t contain it to only 10!”


Dawn   Teacher   Auburn, ME
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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. Reprise (Norway)
  2. City of God (Brazil)
  3. A Prophet (France)
  4. You the Living (Sweden)
  5. Ajami (Israel)
  6. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (France)
  7. Downfall (Germany)
  8. Gomorrah (Italy)
  9. Let the Right One In (Sweden)
  10. 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (Romania)

“Foreign language films I love”

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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. A New Earth, Eckhart Tolle
  2. Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert
  3. Living the Truth, Dr. Keith Ablow

Judi is “Aunt Judi” to me; read about “Family (1st)Fridays” in the Magpie Blog!

Judi Grubb     Spokane, WA
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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″

Eugene LOVES making mixes; download the one above for your own magpie mix!


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  1. Lund University
  2. Vastgota Nation
  3. Soder Spoletorp
  4. Gerdahallen
  5. Lundabocker
  6. Nova Lund
  7. Kaffe
  8. TGR-stores
  9. Swedish SnapsW
  10. Northern Lights


Lauren Christine   Student   Lund, Sweden
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