Author Archives: Eve Sturges

Meet a Magpie: Andrea Dorfman

“Lonely is a freedom that breathes easy and weightless, and lonely is healing if you make it.” It feels a little awkward when I try to explain what happened to me at the end of  2007. I was stressed out and sad, tired of being tired, restless and ready for change. I didn’t want to [...]
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“This Must Be The Place,” Talking Heads Wrecking Ball, Emmylou Harris Raising Arizona the first chapter of “East of Eden,” John Steinbeck estuaries an empty truck the term “civil twilight” and the actual civil twilight national brand narrow ruled eye-ease paper Four Quartets, T.S. Eliot pinon “this was the quickest this floodgate ever opened…back and [...]
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The Coen BrothersW (especially Fargo, No Country…, Raising Arizona, Blood Simple, The Big Lebowski…?) The WireW (especially seasons 3 and 4)  Wendell BerryW (essayist/poet/farmer… How cool is that?) Radiohead The Office (BBC) Kurt VonnegutW Catherine O'HaraW Steve Martin Warner Bros. cartoons (especially Chuck Jones stuff) Michael Chabon Watch John and his wife, Celia Keenan-Bolger, try to collaborate [...]
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This American Life East of Eden, John Steinbeck The Sound of Music The Wire Barack Obama (especially his “race speech…“) Sufjan Stevens Elizabeth Gilbert at TED The Omnivore’s Dilemma, Michael Pollan Laura Nyro The Way the Crow Flies, Ann-Marie MacDonald Watch Celia and her husband, John Conlee, try to collaborate on a list on MagpieTV: [...]
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MagpieTV: Episode 2

I thought it would be fun to ask newlyweds John Conlee and Celia Keenan-Bolger to collaborate on an impromptu list. I might have been wrong. Read Celia’s complete list! Read John’s complete list!
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Ohad Benchertrit red lipstick raw milk barmW synchronicity asynchronicity Frank Stitt your heart within my heart (?) Sista Nella Flo Milo Minderbinder Mac Wellman
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Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand East of Eden, John Steinbeck “I Can Write The Saddest Verses,”* Pablo Neruda “Bluebird,”* Charles Bukowski The Princess Bride Tombstone Deadwood Mad Men Green Onions, Booker T & The MG’s “Evil (Is Going On),” Howlin’ Wolf *Follow the links to read the poems!
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Blind Pilot Andrew Bird Damien Rice She & Him Marketa IrglovaW Glen HansardW Belle & Sebastian Regina SpektorW Moxy FruvousW Good Evening Magpie Note: Trying something new with the format; let me know what you think!
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Family (1st) Fridays

I drew a family tree for the first time the other day, for Lily. I was hoping she would appreciate how big her family is, I thought she would understand the important implications of  having so many people to love and who love her.  She was mostly uninterested. I, however, had a lot of fun [...]
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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: “Just the Way You Are,” Bruno Mars “Low,” Flo Rida “DJ Got Us Fallin’ in Love,” Usher “Dynamite,” Taio Cruz “Cooler Than Me,” Mike Posner “Pocketful of Sunshine,” Natasha Bedingfield “I Gotta Feeling,” Black Eyed Peas [...]
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”Compass,” Okay ”Oh! Sweet Nuthin,” The Velvet Undergroud ”Crystal Rope” Gaynges ”The Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains),”  Arcade Fire ”These Days,” The Black Keys ”Lucidity,” Tame Impala* ”Twice,” Little Dragon ”Kites,” Geographer ”A Case Of You,” Joni Mitchell ”Justify My Thug,” Jay-Z “Top 10 songs of the moment – in no particular order!” *follow the link [...]
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Weekend at Bernie’s (“the last great 80’s movie…”) Aladdin (“Cartoon genie + DJ’s boyfriend from Full House = a classic.”) Groundhog Day Waterworld Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (“Worst English accent ever…best movie ever.”) The Big Lebowski (“The Dude went to Petaluma High School!”) The Natural Major League Tremors Die Hard (“no explanation needed.”)
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KCRW World Music Concerts at the Hollywood Bowl The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, by Junot Diaz BaconW “September,” Earth, Wind & Fire Stay With Me, Lorraine Ellison “Post-screening kumquatinis, lobster rolls and french fries at the Hungry Cat in Hollywood” “Good Luck,” Basement Jaxx featuring Lisa Kekaula “Damn Your Eyes,” Etta James McConnell’s [...]
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Magpie Discovery: Meghan Julius

This story is a little bit silly, because it’s a little bit cliché,but it goes something like this: When I am posting lists, I want to listen to and learn about the music that’s affected your lives. Sometimes hours will go by as I explore music websites and youtube channels. I’ll listen to one artist, and [...]
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Joan JettW Pat BenatarW Billy IdolW Lady GagaW Blink 182W Le TigreW Cat PowerW Death Cab For CutieW Michelle BranchW (“before she went country”) Annie LennoxW ParamoreW Johnny CashW Nine Inch NailsW FlyleafW Rent (musical)W, and Rent, the movie! Les Miserables (musical)W The Phantom of The Opera (musical)W Cats (musical)W Chicago (musical)W Hedwig and The Angry Inch [...]
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MagpieTV, episode 1 was a huge success, and I’m getting lots of inquiries about more interactive Magpies. The afternoon with Zeb was easy because he lives here in L.A, but there are ways around geographical limitations, and so many ways we can all make TML dynamic. If what Zeb did looks like fun, and you [...]
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“I Can’t Make You Love Me,” Bonnie Raitt “Been Loving You Too Long,” Otis Redding “Burn,” Ray LaMontagne “Last Goodbye,” Jeff Buckley “Homesick,“ Kings of Convenience “Lovestain,” Jose Gonzalez “Fade Into You,” Mazzy Star “The World Spins Madly On,” The Weepies “No One’s Gonna Love You, Band of Horses “Breathe Me,” Sia “This is a list [...]
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MagpieTV Has Arrived

MagpieTV: Episode 1, Zeb McKade Knudsen Read Zeb’s complete list!
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It Takes Two Marie Antoinette “Anything ‘Wizard of Oz.’ …Anything.” Pines of Rome, Ottorino Respighi Pretend You’re Alive, Lovedrug The Killers, Daniel P. MannixW* MagpieTV: Episode 1 — Watch Zeb discuss his list! *fun fact: the killers is a book about a cock-fighting rooster who battles a hawk, but daniel p. mannix had other interests [...]
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Chad Hartigan: Movie Maker

Check out the rad music video Chad Hartigan directed for the Wild Moccasins. Read Chad’s list, posted August 14th!
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