Thursday, December 20, 2012

A Few of My Favorite Things

Taking a leaf out of my dear friend Jay's book (that is, Jay is my friend, not his book), I've decided to compose a few top-ten lists, just in time for the new year. As is the case with Jay's lists, these are in no particular order. Just a list of favorites. And they may very well change tomorrow.

The Last Temptation of Christ
Citizen Kane
The Big Chill
Barton Fink/O Brother Where Art Thou (it's a tie!)
Little Big Man
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
The Big Lebowski
Pineapple Express (I know, I know...)

Les Miserables, by Victor Hugo
The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck
Everything Is Illuminated, by Jonathan Safran Foer
The Last Temptation of Christ, by Nikos Kazantzakis
Eating Animals, by Jonathan Safran Foer
The Inferno, by Dante Alighieri
The Kingdom of God Is Within You, by Leo Tolstoy
Jesus for President, by Shane Claiborne and Chris Haw
The Substance of Faith and Other Cotton Patch Sermons, by Clarence Jordan
The Greek New Testament, 4th Revised Edition, ed. by Barbara Aland et al.

"Kodachrome," by Paul Simon
"In the Early Morning Rain," by Peter, Paul, and Mary (Gordon Lightfood cover)
"Lost in My Mind," by The Head and the Heart
"Messes of Men," by mewithoutYou
"goodbye, I!," by mewithoutYou
"Grist for the Malady Mill," by mewithoutYou
"Sprawl II—Mountains Beyond Mountains," by Arcade Fire
"Helplessness Blues," by Fleet Foxes
"You Have Never Lived Because You Have Never Died," by Listener
"Rocky Mountain High," by John Denver
BONUS: "Send Me On My Way," by Rusted Root

TV Shows
The West Wing
Game of Thrones
The Walking Dead
Arrested Development
30 Rock
The Daily Show/Colbert Report (it's a tie!)
BONUS: Bob's Burgers. For a cartoon, it's such a smart, witty show.

Puerto Rico
Settlers of Catan
The Game of Things

Wendell Berry
William Trowbridge
Bin Ramke
Ron Padgett
Gabriel Gudding
Allen Ginsberg
William Blake
Billy Collins (I'm not ashamed to admit it)
Rainer Maria Rilke
Charles Bukowski

Books of the Bible (ah, what the heck—this one's in order)
1. Mark
2. John
3. Luke 
4. Matthew
5. 1 John
6. Revelation
7. Jonah
8. Amos
9. Hosea
10. Isaiah


  1. Nice!

    It's okay; I call my books my friends, too.

    Why have we never played Rook?! We must play next time we get together.

  2. Agreed. The Howards and the Smiths need a good Rook date.

    I will be writing a letter to y'all over the holiday break.