the lists

  1. Lovely Rose Darjeerling tea from Mariage Freres
  2. Emma GoldmanW
  3. redwood trees
  4. American Beauty
  5. The Lord of the Rings
  6. Star Wars
  7. Deadwood
  8. Six Feet Under
  9. The Dalai Lama
  10. Ammachi
  11. Mohandas Karamchand GandhiW
Jessica Govoni     Lafayette, CA
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  1. The Wire (and also, the Terry Gross interview with Wire producer Ed Burns*)
  2. Joan DidionW (“All things…I always go to them when I’ve lost my way.”)
  3. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao,  Junot Diaz
  4. Badlands
  5. “all the pieces SCOTT CARRIERW makes for This American Life” (especially the job that takes over your life,*episode # 37)
  6. Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for GirlsW
  7. The Food Project
  8. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, Mildred D. Taylor
  9. My Dad
  10. Magnetic Fields
  11. Roald DahlW

*follow the links to listen!

Devin Browne   Journalist   Phoenix, AZ
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  1. Siouxsie SiouxW
  2. Santa Sangre
  3. One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  4. Frida KahloW
  5. Delicatessen
  6. Ann Demeulemeester
  7. Jeff KoonsWBalloon Dog
  8. Vivienne Westwood
  9. The House of the Spirits, Isabel Allende
  10. Bette DavisW (actor) and Betty Davis (singer)

“I love lists, can’t live without them! Eve, you rock.”

Greg "G-Spot" S.     Los Angeles, CA
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  1. The Fall
  2. The Tell-Tale Heart,” Edgar Allan Poe
  3. La Condition Humaine, René Magritte
  4. Black Coffee,” Ella Fitzgerald
  5. PomegranateW
  6. Knife,” Grizzly Bear
  7. Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut
  8. Delivery
  9. Moleskine
  10. Synecdoche, Byron Kim

Watch Kate and her college roommate Bridget discuss their lists on MagpieTV: Episode 3!

Kate Robinson   Student   Eugene, OR
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  1. Toy Story
  2. The O.C.
  3. The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
  4. Titanic
  5. The Strokes
  6. The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger
  7. Mean Girls
  8. Superbad
  9. Who’s Lovin’ You,” Jackson 5
  10. Moulin Rouge!

Watch Bridget and her college roommate Kate discuss their lists on MagpieTV: Episode 3!

Bridget Egan   Student   Eugene, OR
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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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part 1: books from childhood

  1. The Sailor Dog
  2. My Father’s Dragon, Ruth Stiles Gannet
  3. Winnie-the-Pooh, A.A. Milne
  4. Wild Animals I Have Known, Ernest Thompson Seton
  5. Just-So Stories: For Little Children, Rudyard Kipling
  6. The Story about Ping, Marjorie Flack

part 2: … as a young adult

  1. Narcissus and Goldmund, Herman Hesse
  2. Heart of DarknessW
  3. Siddartha

part 3: … as an adult

  1. The River of Doubt, Candice Millard
  2. The Big Burn, Timothy Egan
  3. Visible Bones, Jack Nisbett
  4. The Reluctant Mr. Darwin, David Quamman.
  5. The Beak of the Finch: A Story of Evolution in Our Time, Jonathan Weiner
  6. The Odyssey, Homer
  7. The Iliad, Homer
  8. Plutarch’s Lives
  9. The Traveler’s History of France, Robert Cole
  10. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Peter Grubb is my uncle; read about Family First Friday’s in the Magpie Blog!

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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. Venus de MiloW, Alexandros of Antioch (attributed)
  2. Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Opus 67,” Ludwig von Beethoven
  3. The Original Star Wars Trilogy
  4. The Stranger, Albert Camus
  5. Christa, Edwina Sandys
  6. Thousand Roads, David Crosby
  7. Ghostbusters
  8. Down and Out in Paris and London, George Orwell
  9. All That You Can’t Leave Behind, U2
  10. Conquest: Sexual Violence and American Indian Genocide, Andrea Smith
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  1. The Calvin and Hobbes 10th Anniversary Book, Bill Watterson
  2. LEGOs
  3. Desiderata, Max Ehrmann
  4. The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
  5. The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark, Carl Sagan
  6. The Problem of Those Who Wait ” (from Beyond Good and Evil), Fredrich Nietzsche
  7. When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer, Walt Whitman
  8. The Hubble Deep FieldW image*
  9. Sleeping with One Eye Open,” Mark Strand**
  10. The Colbert Report

*follow the link. seriously.

**listen to Mark Strand discuss his poem on “Weekend America.”

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1. bicycles
2. Maira Kalman
3. The Black Stallion
4. Balint Zsako
5. knitting
6. Tanya Davis
7. the short films of Sadie BenningW
8. the website of Miranda JulyW
9. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, Barbara Kingsolver
10. skinny dipping

“Thanks so much for the nice words about my work. It’s lovely to know that it reaches people in far away places.”

Read about Andrea’s work, “How To Be Alone,” and my own experience with self-induced solitude, in The Magpie Blog!

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  1. This Must Be The Place,” Talking Heads
  2. Wrecking Ball, Emmylou Harris
  3. Raising Arizona
  4. the first chapter of “East of Eden,” John Steinbeck
  5. estuaries
  6. an empty truck
  7. the term “civil twilight” and the actual civil twilight
  8. national brand narrow ruled eye-ease paper
  9. Four Quartets, T.S. Eliot
  10. pinon

“this was the quickest this floodgate ever opened…back and forth between the things that feel like they’ve ALWAYS been there and the things that MOST RECENTLY arrived. it feels like what i would stuff in my bag immediately pre-apocalypse. …now i wanna put the word ‘apocalypse’ on there.”

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  1. The Coen BrothersW (especially Fargo, No Country…, Raising Arizona, Blood Simple, The Big Lebowski…?)
  2. The WireW (especially seasons 3 and 4)
  3.  Wendell BerryW (essayist/poet/farmer… How cool is that?)
  4. Radiohead
  5. The Office (BBC)
  6. Kurt VonnegutW
  7. Catherine O'HaraW
  8. Steve Martin
  9. Warner Bros. cartoons (especially Chuck Jones stuff)
  10. Michael Chabon

Watch John and his wife, Celia Keenan-Bolger, try to collaborate on a list on MagpieTV: Episode 2! (sometimes magpie lists are best kept… separate.)

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  1. This American Life
  2. East of Eden, John Steinbeck
  3. The Sound of Music
  4. The Wire
  5. Barack Obama (especially his “race speech…“)
  6. Sufjan Stevens
  7. Elizabeth Gilbert at TED
  8. The Omnivore’s Dilemma, Michael Pollan
  9. Laura Nyro
  10. The Way the Crow Flies, Ann-Marie MacDonald

Watch Celia and her husband, John Conlee, try to collaborate on a list on MagpieTV: Episode 2!  (it doesn’t go very well.)

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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. Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand
  2. East of Eden, John Steinbeck
  3. I Can Write The Saddest Verses,”* Pablo Neruda
  4. Bluebird,”* Charles Bukowski
  5. The Princess Bride
  6. Tombstone
  7. Deadwood
  8. Mad Men
  9. Green Onions, Booker T & The MG’s
  10. Evil (Is Going On),” Howlin’ Wolf

*Follow the links to read the poems!

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  1. Blind Pilot
  2. Andrew Bird
  3. Damien Rice
  4. She & Him
  5. Marketa IrglovaW
  6. Glen HansardW
  7. Belle & Sebastian
  8. Regina SpektorW
  9. Moxy FruvousW
  10. Good Evening

Magpie Note: Trying something new with the format; let me know what you think!

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“Hey cousin Eve! These are my top jams! Love ya! Can’t wait for other family member’s posts!”*

Beth’s List:

  1. “Just the Way You Are,” Bruno Mars
  2. “Low,” Flo Rida
  3. “DJ Got Us Fallin’ in Love,” Usher
  4. “Dynamite,” Taio Cruz
  5. “Cooler Than Me,” Mike Posner
  6. “Pocketful of Sunshine,” Natasha Bedingfield
  7. “I Gotta Feeling,” Black Eyed Peas
  8. “Just Dance,” Lady Gaga
  9. “Boom Boom Pow,” Black Eyed Peas
  10. “Yeah,” Usher

Andy’s List:

*Read about Family Fridays in The Magpie Blog!

Beth and Andy Guter     Roseville, CA
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  1. Compass,” Okay
  2. Oh! Sweet Nuthin,” The Velvet Undergroud
  3. Crystal Rope” Gaynges
  4. The Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains),”  Arcade Fire
  5. These Days,” The Black Keys
  6. Lucidity,” Tame Impala*
  7. Twice,” Little Dragon
  8. Kites,” Geographer
  9. A Case Of You,” Joni Mitchell
  10. Justify My Thug,” Jay-Z

“Top 10 songs of the moment – in no particular order!”

*follow the link to see Tame Impala’s video on youtube

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  1. Weekend at Bernie’s (“the last great 80’s movie…”)
  2. Aladdin (“Cartoon genie + DJ’s boyfriend from Full House = a classic.”)
  3. Groundhog Day
  4. Waterworld
  5. Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (“Worst English accent ever…best movie ever.”)
  6. The Big Lebowski (“The Dude went to Petaluma High School!”)
  7. The Natural
  8. Major League
  9. Tremors
  10. Die Hard (“no explanation needed.”)
Bobby Street     Los Angeles, CA
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