The Decembrists, Death Cab for Cutie, Elvis, Franz Ferdinand, Sinatra, Gregorian chants, swing, zydeco, and anything by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole.
Spider Man 1 & 2, The Terminator, Philadelphia Story, Aliens, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, Bringing Up Baby, The Sixth Sense.
A TALE OF TWO CITIES
by Charles Dickens – This is a serious novel of politics and revolution but is also darkly comic in places. Dickens does not shrink from the depiction of evil, and some scenes are horrific, but he also tells a story of redemption and self-sacrifice and hope that some (never me!) would consider almost sentimental.
THE MOVIEGOER and LOVE IN THE RUINS
by Walker Percy -- I am drawn to writers who believe in timeless virtues, who have a tragic sense of the human condition but remain hopeful.
THE ABOLITION OF MAN
by C.S. Lewis – The society that Lewis foresaw, arising from the “intellectual” elite’s contempt for such virtues as courage and honor and selflessness, is the crumbling civilization we now inhabit.
THE COMPLETE POEMS OF T.S. ELIOT
– He demands much of the reader, but no other poetry so richly rewards close reading, repeated reading, and contemplation.
THE BUSY BODY, THE FUGITIVE PIGEON, and THE SPY IN THE OINTMENT
by Donald E. Westlake -- These are among the funniest suspense novels ever written.
THE COLOR OF LIGHT
by William Goldman - This is one of the most dead-on portraits of a writer's struggle ever written, and it's hugely entertaining.
THE DREAMING JEWELS
by Theodore Sturgeon -- This science -fiction novel has more stunning ideas packed into a couple of hundred pages than some authors' entire bodies of work, delivered in a limpid yet magical prose.
24, House, Ghost Whisperer, The Office
Ozzie Boone, Stormy Llewellyn, Chief Wyatt Porter, Dean Koontz
“I’m seldom afraid of the dead. Mostly, it’s the living who scare me.”
“I am sustained by the certainty that life has meaning. As does death.”
“”When we hope, we usually hope for the wrong thing.
“Or we yearn for yesterday, for what was or what might have been. But as we are yearning, the present is becoming the past, so the past is nothing but our yearning for second chances.
In order to arrive at what you are not
You must go through the way in which you are not.
And what you do not know is the only thing you know
And what you own is what you do not own
And where you are is where you are not.
-- T.S. Eliot