inspired by @nathanveshecco and everyone else who wrote these lists back when it was popular
  1. BOOK:
    Raymond Carver understands the short story form unlike any other and uses it to unpack the subtleties of people and their relationships with themselves and others. This specific book contains the majority of his works, including "Cathedral," "Why Don't You Dance?" and my favorite work of all time "What We Talk About When We Talk About Love"
  2. MOVIE:
    Unlike other thematically similar films of past and present, John Hughes does not use this movie as a place for him to wax poetic about his own teen years or even make an argument about how/what he thinks teens are. The Breakfast Club is about teenagers speaking for themselves and the film grants value and power to the anxieties and identity struggles they face. Any teen movie made after this was released in 1985 is indebted to The Breakfast Club.
  3. ALBUM:
    I feel like this album is just required listening in order to be a human being? I don't even know where to begin to articulate the beauty & brilliance of Sam Cooke.