Requested by Tad

5 Pieces of Art I Would Not Be the Same Person Without

Let's get formative, yo. (This is a sincere list, not a joke) (Also I'm gonna try to make this as diverse as possible - one novel, one film, one play, one song, and one poem)
  1. "Life of Pi" by Yann Martel
    This book totally shook 14-year-old Elliott's world. It was one of the first novels I ever read that wasn't really young adult or something (not that there's anything wrong with those of course), and it really kind of made me reconsider all of my thoughts on spirituality.
  2. The Tree of Life (dir. Terrence Malick, 2011)
    Again, this movie shook my worldview up. Watching it for the first time was such a powerful spiritual experience. It was honestly like going to church, in a totally sincere way.
  3. Pacific Overtures (Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman)
    This eternally underrated musical changed the way I think about theatre. Granted I was fifteen when I first listened to it, but the lush score and ingenious storytelling never fails to move me.
  4. "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" by T.S. Eliot
    Holy lord this poem. It just destroys me and I'm still not sure why. I'm thrilled to age with this poem.
  5. "Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity" by Gustav Holst
    This piece of music partly holds a lot of sentimental weight with me, but it also is one of the only pieces of music to make me cry on my first listen. I love the whole Planets Suite, but Jupiter is always my favorite.