I'm really passionate about art of all kinds. Movies, paintings,
music. And I love making lists. I am EXACTLY like John Cusack in
(a) 1. Starman by James Robinson - Nothing has defined my
relationship with my family better than this.
2. Preacher by Garth Ennis - Crazy. Wildly blasphemous. And the
best story of friendship I have ever read.
3. The Road by Cormac McCarthy - I have never read a book and
gasped - until I read this book. Creepy, yet hopeful.
4. Timeline by Michael Crichton - Time travel from the author of
Jurassic Park, so yes, I really liked it.
5. People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn - Anyone
with any interest in history absolutely MUST read this book.
6. The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt by Edmund Morris - The definitive
biography of Teddy's life before becoming president. And its only
like 1000 pages, so everyone should read it. Fun facts: Teddy wrote
definitive texts on insect study and ocean warfare under the age of
20. He was an avid boxer, and challenged the heavyweight champion
to a boxing match while President. He got punched so hard he went
blind, then never told anyone. The charge up San Juan Hill when he
was a Rough Rider was too steep for his horse, so he ran up it
7. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford by
Ron Hensen - I saw the movie and immediately said "I need this
book." One of the best books and saddest biographies. A perfect
example of how awful we should never listen to mass media when
8. Scott Pilgrim by Brian Lee O'Malley - Oh. Oh goodness. These
books are so good. An awesome look at love and growing up for the
generation that grew up playing video games.
9. Replay by Ken Grimwood - Like Groundhog Day, but for your entire
life. What if you could live your entire life over again. What
would you do differently?
10. Lamb by Cristopher Moore - The story of Jesus in the years that
aren't covered in the bible. How was he growing up? Its as much
about his best friend, Biff, as it is about Jesus. A fantastic
story of friendship, and this is coming from a non-believer, so you
should realize how good it is.
11. America Tabloid by James Ellroy - I don't know if this would be
my favorite Ellroy novel, but it was the first one I read. I found
it in the garbage with the cover ripped off. I started reading it,
and did not stop.
12. The Guards by Ken Bruen - I'm going to kind of lump the entire
Jack Taylor series together in one spot. Thanks, James! Gritty
Irish crime with an incredibly depressing twist.
13. Different Seasons by Stephen King - Contains the novellas that
became Stand by Me, The Shawshank Redemption, and Apt Pupil. Is it
cheating to name a book with four short stories in it? Too
14. The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins
15. Panda Cake by Rosalie Seidler - The first book I ever 'read' I
would want it read to me every night before I went to sleep. My mom
would read it to me, but my dad would try to skip words or
paraphrase, and I would tell him "No, that's not it." And when my
dad realized that I had memorized the whole book, he would start
I can't keep updating Books! I have six bookcases in my room, and
I'm just about out of space in them. Yikes!
(b) Movies are my favorite art form. They can function as pure
escapism and as high art and be entertaining in both. Love love
love movies. Hitchcock!
Back to the Future
Good Will Hunting
The Magnificent Seven
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Touch of Evil
Once Upon a Time in the West
Silence of the Lambs
The Good, The Bad, The Ugly
History of Violence
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Shaun of the Dead
Fast Times at Ridgmont High
You said Blazing Saddles twice. I like Blazing Saddles.
, David Fincher
(c) music (I collect all of my music on vinyl records or iPod)
Creedence, Jimi Hendrix
, The Beatles
, The Stones, Led Zeppelin
, The Who
, DAVID BOWIE
, Marvin Gaye, Stevie
Wonder, Al Green, Nillson
From Modern times: White Stripes, Smashing Pumpkins
, Keane, Foo
Fighters, The Dirtbombs, The Black Keyes, Wolfmother,
Stereophonics, The Like, Fitz and the Tantrums, Kreeps
What, not indy enough for you? You can cram it with walnuts!
(e) TV shows. Scrubs, The Daily Show, Early Simpsons, 24, Heroes,
Studio 60, House, Twilight Zone, Married... With Children, Sports
Night, Chappelle's Show, Deadwood, Venture Bros., Aqua Teen, The
Shield, Its Always Sunny in Philadelphia, True Blood, Ducktales
plenty o' others. Dexter. Breaking Bad. Mad Men.
Holy crap! The Wire is amazing! Why didn't anyone tell me this?
Wait... you all told me how good it is. This is all my fault.