Inspired by @lesleyann
  1. Nine Stories by J.D. Salinger
    Probably a mainstream choice, but it is my favorite book. I can't imagine my life without it.
  2. Metropolis by Fritz Lang
    This is not my favorite movie. Probably not even in my top 5, but it is such a powerful film. The fact that it is silent only underscores how amazing it is at stirring the viewer's imagination. I can't think of another film that illustrates the power of cinema better than this one.
  3. Either/Or by Elliott Smith
    Smith is by far my favorite artist. It was hard choose which album of his to include on this list. However, I usually recommend this one first to the uninitiated because it is smack dab in the middle of his career. It has an intimate acoustic vibe like his earlier albums, but also has that full band rocking out (on tracks like Cupid's Trick) that he would present on his later albums. If you don't like this album we can still get along, but our souls will never really know each other.