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Monday, June 07, 2004

I've been thinking quite a bit today about my favorite books, films, and music. I'm not sure why, but I think it might be an unconscious effort to block out any trace of Reaganmania that has somehow slipped through my mental anything-that-has-to-do-with-Reagan iron curtain. So, while it's all still on my mind, here are some assorted "top ten" lists of my favorite things. The lists are in no particular order, and only reflect my feelings as of today. Enjoy.

Favorite Books (Fiction)
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick
Perdido Street Station by China Mieville
White Noise by Don Delillo
1984 by George Orwell
Random Acts of Senseless Violence by Jack Womack
The Lord of the Rings & The Simarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien
Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
Slaughterhouse-5 & Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut
The Brothers Karamazov by Feodor Dostoyevsky

Favorite Books (Non-Fiction)
A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn
An Empire Wilderness: Travels into America's Future by Robert D. Kaplan
The Triumph of Conservatism by Gabriel Kolko
Red Star Over China by Edgar Snow
Reconstruction, 1863-1877: America's Unfinished Revolution by Eric Foner
No Logo by Naomi Klein
The Demon Haunted World by Carl Sagan
The Strange Career of Jim Crow by C. Vann Woodward
Africa Solo by Kevin Kertscher
Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser

Favorite Films
Donnie Darko
Requiem For A Dream
O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
This is Spinal Tap
Fight Club
A Clockwork Orange
American Psycho
Dr. Strangelove
Focus

Favorite Music
Point by Cornelius
Loveless by My Bloody Valentine
Repeater by Fugazi
Downward is Heavenward by Hum
Wowee Zowee & Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain by Pavement
This is a Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to Think About by Modest Mouse
Marquee Moon by Television
London Calling & Sandinista! by The Clash
Nowhere by Ride
Perfect From Now On by Built to Spill

And there you have it. I do have two "honorable mentions:"
Echoes by The Rapture - I just got this today after having downloaded most of it over the past year. It is absolutely wicked. Jesus.
Cosmonaut Keep by Ken MacLeod - I've had this book for a long time, but just started reading it yesterday. Wow. Once again, Mac knows his shit.

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