the lists

  1. “Appalachian Spring,” Aaron Copland
  2. The Hobbit , J.R.R. Tolkien
  3. Young Americans, David Bowie
  4. Christian Smith
  5. Maestoso, Symphony No. 3 in C minor,* Camille Saint-SaensW
  6. The Simpsons

“challenging but fun!”

*follow the link to listen!

Adrienne West   Physical Therapist   Olympia, WA
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  1. Brazil
  2. Let It Be, Tim, or Pleased to Meet Me, The Replacements
  3. Motherless Brooklyn and Chronic City, Jonathan Lethem
  4. Newsradio
  5. The Iron Giant
  6. Grosse Pointe Blank
  7. London Calling, The Clash
  8. Runaways and Y: The Last Man, Brian K. VaughanW
  9. The Venture Bros.
  10. Boys & Girls in America, The Hold Steady
Brendan Hay   Writer   Bay Area, CA
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  1. The teachings of Gautama BuddhaW
  2. The Female Brain, Louann Brizendine
  3. When Elephants Weep, Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson
  4. Video” and “Private Party,” India. Arie
  5. A General Theory of Love , Thomas Lewis, Fari Amini and Richard Lannon
  6. As Tragic,” John Craigie*
  7. A Prairie Home Companion on NPR*
  8. “Broken Wing,” The Shook Twins
  9. Refuge, Terry Tempest Williams
  10. There Are No Children Here, Alex Kotlowitz

“Some of these books and songs are recent favorites and some I’ve loved for a long time.”

*follow the links to John Craigie on youtube and the Shook Twins official site!

Ariel’s my cousin; to read more about Family 1st Friday’s, get thee to the Magpie Blog!

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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. No Country for Old Men
  2. City Of God
  3. The Prestige
  4. DJ Shadow
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  1. Thunder Road,” Bruce Springsteen
  2. Dillon Beach
  3. The 400 Blows
  4. The San Francisco Giants
  5. Bright Eyes
  6. You’re a Big Girl Now,” Bob Dylan
  7. Miller’s Crossing
  8. The Corrections, Jonathan Franzen
  9. Crosby St. in NYC
  10. Joel Burns

“You rock Eve! What a great idea for a site!

check out Magpie Minute #4 for my experience with The 400 Blows!

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  1. Miserere,” Tallis Scholars
  2. Time to Say Goodbye,” Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman
  3. I Will Always Love You,” Whitney Houston
  4. I Dreamed A Dream,” Susan Boyle
  5. And Still I Rise”* Maya AngelouW
  6. This Is My Beloved, Walter Benton
  7. Black Hawk Down, Mark Bowden
  8. The Professor and the Madman, Simon Winchester
  9. Lawrence of Arabia
  10. The Godfather: Part II

*follow the link to watch Maya Angelou recite this beautiful poem, “And Still I Rise,” on youtube!

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  1. Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve SeenSam CookeW
  2. Oh My Angel,“ Bertha Tillman
  3. I’m A Lonely Stranger,” Arthur Conley
  4. The Invincibles (“Can’t Win,” “Keep on Trying,” and of course “Heart Full of Love”)
  5. All in My Mind,” Maxine Brown (“live!”)
  6. American Movie
  7. Treme
  8. The Wire
  9. Hanna-Barbera Laff-A-Lympics
  10. The San Francisco Giants 2010 World Series Collector’s Edition (I haven’t seen this)
Joe Kostelnik     San Francisco, CA
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  1. Brothers, The Black Keys
  2. This American Life
  3. A Bit of Fry and Laurie
  4. Lisbon, The Walkmen
  5. Physics: Principles with Applications, Douglas C. Giancoli
  6. Eating the Dinosaur, Chuck Klosterman
  7. Mad Men
  8. Middle Cyclone, Neko Case
  9. Mario & Luigi Super Star Saga
  10. Don’t Try This at Home, Billy Bragg
Tony Gibson   Chocolatier   Sonoma, CA
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  1. Enter the Void (“it is the 2001 of the 2000s!”)
  2. NirvanaW
  3. Lee HazlewoodW
  4. The Velvet UndergroundW
  5. John Cassavetes
  6. Werner Herzog
  7. Kid Congo and the Pink Monkey Birds
  8. Infinite Jest, David Foster Wallace
  9. Man’s Search for Meaning, Viktor E. Frankl
  10. Mom

“It’s all about the past and the moment and how it takes me into the future.”

Justin Willis von Werner     Bozeman, MT
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  1. Ciao! Manhattan
  2. The Search for Delicious, Natalie Babbit
  3. Selena
  4. Oh No They Didn’t!
  5. Liquid Sky
  6. Approximately Infinite Universe, Yoko Ono
  7. The Two Sisters (Directors Cut)
  8. Los Angeles: People, Places, and the Castle on the Hill, AM Homes
  9. From Burger it Came*
  10. Chex Mix

*If you only follow one link today, follow this one to Dominic Bisignano’s animated short. It’s incredible.

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  1. Harold and Maude
  2. Suzanne,Leonard CohenW
  3. Starry, Starry Night
  4. Robert Maplethorpe’s flowers
  5. A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
  6. Twin Peaks
  7. “The Only Living Boy in New York“, Simon & Garfunkle
  8. Stardust Memories
  9. John Lewis

“I guess all the rain has got me in touch with my melancholy side. So glad you are doing this.”

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  1. Earth*
  2. Black Dog of Fate: A Memoir, Peter Balakian
  3. The Lives of Others
  4. The Fall, Albert Camus
  5. L’affaire Farewell*
  6. “The Long Goodbye”*, Ara DinkjianW
  7. Written on the Body, Jeanette Winterson
  8. Fear and Trembling, Soren Kierkegaard
  9. Il Postino
  10. Love Letters: The Love Letters of Kahlil Gibran to May Ziadah

*follow links to trailers and music!

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  1. Nocturne #2 in E flat, Chopin
  2. The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand
  3. Every single Valdemar novel, Mercedes Lackey
  4. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, Anne Bronte
  5. Love Me If You Dare
  6. The Age of Innocence, Edith Wharton
  7. In the Hand of the Goddess, Tamora Pierce
  8. Look at Miss Ohio,” sung by Band of Heathens
  9. Shakespeare’s Sonnet 116W
  10. She’s a Wild One,” Evangeline

“My most treasured books, songs, movie and sonnet. I had to cheat on #3 – all of her books are so good that I could not narrow it down to just one.”

Bree   Student   Berkeley, CA
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  1. Under the Dome,  Stephen King
  2. Duma Key, Stephen King
  3. Cell, Stephen King
  4. The Biology of Belief, Bruce H. Lipton Ph.D.
  5. The Artist’s Way, Julia Cameron

Shannon’s my cousin; read about Family (1st) Fridays in the Magpie Blog!

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  1. Nausea, Jean-Paul Sartre
  2. Desert Solitaire, Edward Abbey
  3. Famous Blue Raincoat, Jennifer Warnes
Dan Barki     Oakland, CA
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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. The Godfather
  2. The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown
  3. Nintendo
  4. Arguing with Idiots, Glenn Beck
  5. Bon Jovi
  6. Van Halen, Van Halen
  7. Pinheads and Patriots, Bill O’Reilly
Mark Alexander   Sales   St. Louis, MO
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  1. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  2. Self Pity,” D.H. Lawrence
  3. Charles BukowskiW
  4. Midnight Run
  5. Purple Rain
  6. BrooklynW, New York
  7. Final Draft
  8. Paper, Pencil and Ink
  9. GoodFellas
  10. The Alchemist, Paul Coelho
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  1. Mallrats
  2. Doom II
  3. Wet Hot American Summer
  4. Good Luck, Big D & Kids Table
  5. Concert poster for The Dismemberment Plan, Saturday, June 7th, 2003 @ Slims
  6. The Way Things Work, David Macaulay
  7. Environmental Science Merit Badge (circa 1995)
  8. Andrew W.K. @ Irving Plaza 3/16/10
  9. Pork Soda, Primus
  10. The Wire

*Dan personally provided his own links for this list. Click each item to see video, pictures and more! Thanks Dan!!

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