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Perfect songs my twentysomething friends and co-workers never seem to know.
- •The Stars of Track and Field - Belle and Sebastian
- •Dry the Rain - The Beta Band
- •93 Til Infinity - Souls of Mischief
Not saying there's definitely one out there, but if anyone on this list floated into the sky and proclaimed, "I AM THE ALPHA AND THE OMEGA" I wouldn't bat an eye.
- •Bill Murray
- •Pat Morita
The most insidious form of torture.
- •One Week - Barenaked Ladies
- •Surfin Bird - The Trashmen
- •Hamster Dance - The Boomtang Boys
By far the most powerful book I've read, these are the chapters that changed the way I think and live.
- •16Empty your mind of all thoughts. Let your heart be at peace. Watch the turmoil of beings, but contemplate their return.
- •20Stop thinking, and end your problems. What difference between yes and no? What difference between success and failure? Must you value what others value, avoid what others avoid? How ridiculous!
- •9Fill your bowl to the brim and it will spill. Keep sharpening your knife and it will blunt. Chase after money and security and your heart will never unclench. Care about people's approval and you will be their prisoner. Do your work, then step back. The only path to serenity.
Something about decrepit, abandoned ferris wheels and roller coasters fascinates me. I dream about them constantly. Here are the most unsettling.
- •Wonderland. China.
- •Spreepark. Berlin.
- •Miracle Strip Amusement Park. Florida.
IMHO. Yours? Also, please add media, I know nothing about ballet, fine art, etc.
- •Movies: 1999American Beauty. Fight Club. The Matrix. Three Kings. Being John Malkovich. Talented Mr Ripley. The Iron Giant. Blair Witch Project. Toy Story 2.
- •Video Games: 1985Super Mario Bros. Monkey Island. Gauntlet. Ghost N Goblins. Paperboy. Ultima IV. Carmen Sandiego. NES hits the U.S.
- •Books: 1997Underworld. Mason & Dixon. American Pastoral. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. The God of Small Things. Into Thin Air. Cold Mountain. Memoirs of a Geisha.
I read far more poetry than fiction and these are my all-time favorites.
- •Jack GilbertThe absolute best poet no one's heard of, he spent his life avoiding the spotlight and writing staggeringly beautiful, profound poems. Start with Monolithos or his collected poems.
- •Sharon OldsBrutal, brilliant poems. My favorite female poet. Start anywhere, it's all ferocious and sublime.
- •William StaffordFor consistent, soul-plumbing grandeur, he's my go to. Can't go wrong with anything he's written, find his recent collection Ask Me for his 100 greatest hits.