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The Toast gives a list of 79 books which, allegedly, all white men own. Bold those you own. Italicize those you have read. Strikeout those you would have to be paid to read. Bonus points if you're not a white male.


1. Shogun, James Clavell
2. Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut
3. A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole
4. Infinite Jest, David Foster Wallace
5. A collection of John Lennon’s drawings.
6. A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway
7. The first two volumes of A Song of Ice and Fire, George R.R. Martin
8. God Is Not Great, Christopher Hitchens
9. Catch-22, Joseph Heller
10. I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell, Tucker Max
11. Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand
12. The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat, Oliver Sacks
13. The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger

14. The Godfather, Mario Puzo
15. The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
16. Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov
17. Fight Club, Chuck Palahniuk
18. The Master and Margarita, Mikhail Bulgakov
19. The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown
20. The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck
21. The Stand, Stephen King
22. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Stieg Larsson

23. The Naked and the Dead, Norman Mailer
24. Tuesdays With Morrie, Mitch Albom
25. It’s Not About the Bike, Lance Armstrong
26. Who Moved My Cheese?, Spencer Johnson
27. Portnoy’s Complaint, Philip Roth

28. Seabiscuit, Laura Hillenbrand
29. John Adams, David McCullough
30. Ragtime, E.L. Doctorow
31. Lucky Jim, Kingsley Amis
32. America: The Book, Jon Stewart
33. The World Is Flat, Thomas Friedman
34. The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell
35. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Mark Haddon
36. Exodus, Leon Uris (if Jewish)
37. Trinity, Leon Uris (if Irish-American)
38. The Road, Cormac McCarthy
39. Marley & Me, John Grogan

40. Freakonomics, Steven D. Levitt
41. The Rainmaker, John Grisham
42. Patriot Games, Tom Clancy
43. Dragon, Clive Cussler
44. Guns, Germs, and Steel, Jared Diamond
45. The Agony and the Ecstasy, Irving Stone
46. The 9/11 Commission Report
47. The Spy Who Came In From the Cold, John le Carre
48. Rising Sun, Michael Crichton
49. A Walk in the Woods, Bill Bryson
50. Airport, Arthur Hailey
51. Rich Dad, Poor Dad, Robert Kiyosaki
52. Burr, Gore Vidal
53. Angela’s Ashes, Frank McCourt
54. The Wheel of Time, Robert Jordan
55. Into Thin Air, Jon Krakauer
56. Into the Wild, Jon Krakauer
57. Cryptonomicon, Neal Stephenson
58. Godel, Escher, Bach, Douglas Hofstadter
59. The World According to Garp, John Irving
60. A Brief History of Time, Stephen Hawking
61. The Tin Drum, Gunter Grass
62. On the Road, Jack Kerouac
63. Lord of the Flies, William Golding
64. The Lord of the Rings, J. R. R. Tolkien

65. The Bonfire of the Vanities, Tom Wolfe
66. Beowulf, the Seamus Heaney translation
67. Rabbit, Run, John Updike

68. The Satanic Verses, Salman Rushdie
69. The Complete Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
70. The Big Sleep, Raymond Chandler
71. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Ken Kesey
72. A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess
73. House of Leaves, Mark Danielewski
74. The Call of the Wild, Jack London
75. Gravity’s Rainbow, Thomas Pynchon
76. I, Claudius, Robert Graves
77. The Civil War: A Narrative, Shelby Foote
78. American Psycho, Bret Easton Ellis
79. Life, Keith Richards
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Take this list, remove a thing, sort it by how much you like the things, add a thing at the top, a thing in the middle, and a thing at the bottom (preserving the sortedness, pedants): This version is via [personal profile] wordweaverlynn.

(most liked)
My music
A slice of sourdough bread fresh from the oven
Handknit scarves
Porridge (if Cream of Wheat counts)
Going up into the mountains
Getting something in the mail that isn't bills
Tidying
Steam locomotives
Emptying the dishwasher
Wandering
Twitter
Thermal underwear
Firefox upgrades
Cleaning the refrigerator
Doing paperwork (like tax forms)
Getting a seat on the commuter train
Celery in a stir-fry
Getting up early
Eating paper
Uber
Undercooked Aubergine
Fear
(most disliked)
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[personal profile] [personal profile] jesse_the_k has given me the letter F.

Something I hate: fear

Something I love: film

Somewhere I have been: Freemont

Somewhere I would like to go: France

Someone I know: Fabian Franchi

Best movie: Fight Club

If you comment asking for a letter, I will provide!
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This television meme was snagged from [personal profile] autographedcat by way of [personal profile] serenejournal. The idea is to answer one question a day from the list below. (Yes, yes I'm way behind. Never mind the applicability of the day numbers. I'm just keeping the numbering because I'm anal that way. I'm slow at this but I'm still having fun answering them when I can, so moving right along :-) Today's is:

Day 26 - OMG WTF? Season finale.

Hmmm. It's probably The Prisoner, but then that whole show was WTF a lot of the time for me. I like it but the whole show had me scratching my head more often than not. I have read people who thought Lost's was confusing, but unlike many people I never really cared how the series ended. I loved all the mystery, the strange clues. Any ending was going to leave me disappointed.Read more... )

Lookee, lookee I finished the meme. It didn't take that long, did it?

Here's the questions. )
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This television meme was snagged from [personal profile] autographedcat by way of [personal profile] serenejournal. The idea is to answer one question a day from the list below. (Yes, yes I'm way behind. Never mind the applicability of the day numbers. I'm just keeping the numbering because I'm anal that way. I'm slow at this but I'm still having fun answering them when I can, so moving right along :-) Today's is:

Day 25 - A show you plan on watching (old or new).

I've taken so long finishing this meme, that I've had several answers to this one. I guess most recently I'm going to try to catch The Cape when it starts. With some trepidation, I'm looking forward to the american version of Being Human. Loved the original, but we'll see. I recently found out that SGU got canceled. I have terrible luck with the SyFy channel shows. I was enjoying Caprica but it's gone. Then there's the The Dresden Files and Farscape that I liked a lot, but were cancelled.

Some non-SyFy I really enjoyed but are now gone. Persons Unknown, was great but it was apparently only planned as a miniseries and then there was Flash Forward. I can't think of anything else I'm particularly interested in following right now. Oh, I think Haven is pretty good.

Here's the questions. )
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This television meme was snagged from [personal profile] autographedcat by way of [personal profile] serenejournal. The idea is to answer one question a day from the list below. (Yes, yes I'm way behind. Never mind the applicability of the day numbers. I'm just keeping the numbering because I'm anal that way. I'm slow at this but I'm still having fun answering them when I can, so moving right along :-) Today's is:

Day 24 - Best quote.

I have a fondness for the opening of The Outer Limits, "There is nothing wrong with your television set. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are controlling transmission. If we wish to make it louder, we will bring up the volume. If we wish to make it softer, we will tune it to a whisper. We can reduce the focus to a soft blur, or sharpen it to crystal clarity. We will control the horizontal. We will control the vertical. For the next hour, sit quietly and we will control all that you see and hear. You are about to experience the awe and mystery which reaches from the inner mind to... The Outer Limits."

I also still like, "[War] is instinctive. But the instinct can be fought. We're human beings with the blood of a million savage years on our hands! But we can stop it. We can admit that we're killers ... but we're not going
to kill today. That's all it takes! Knowing that we're not going to kill today!"
-- Kirk, "A Taste of Armageddon"

But my favorite still has to be Star Trek's opening monologue, specifically The Next Generation version:

"Space, the final frontier....These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise. Her five year mission: to explore strange new worlds.To seek out new life and new civilizations. To boldly go where no *one* has gone before."

Here's the questions. )
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This television meme was snagged from [personal profile] autographedcat by way of [personal profile] serenejournal. The idea is to answer one question a day from the list below. (Yes, yes I'm way behind. Never mind the applicability of the day numbers. I'm just keeping the numbering because I'm anal that way. I'm slow at this but I'm still having fun answering them when I can, so moving right along :-) Today's is:

Day 23 - Most annoying character.

I must confess I'm one of the many who never much cared for young Wesley Crusher. No reflection Mr. Wheaton's performance. I thought he did a fine job, considering position he was supposed to play. I just never cared for the whole concept of a boy genius on the bridge. However my annoyance never got even close to thinking of him as the most annoying character. Deanna Troi (affectionately nicknamed "Betamax") certainly got close, especially in the first season. Eventually the show's producers figured out how to handle her a little better but her repeating what had already been established or stating the obvious annoyed me.

Although I didn't watch much Babylon 5 much part of what stopped me was Londo Mollari. I never bought his accent especially since no one else of his race seemed to have an accent even close to his. I won't talk about the Bozo the Clown haircut. Anyway he is certainly in the running. Let's not forget Twiki from Buck Rogers in the 25th Century. Anyway those are a few that come to mind.

Here's the questions. )
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This television meme was snagged from [personal profile] autographedcat by way of [personal profile] serenejournal. The idea is to answer one question a day from the list below. (Yes, yes I'm way behind. Never mind the applicability of the day numbers. I'm just keeping the numbering because I'm anal that way. I'm slow at this but I'm still having fun answering them when I can, so moving right along :-) Today's is:

Day 22 - Favorite series finale.

I genuinely loved the end of Angel. It was a strong episode independent of it being a finale. In fact, it remains one of my favorite Angel episodes. So many good scenes: Lorne as he goes off to do his part telling everyone he would do this, but afterwards he would be gone.

After Lorne shoots Lindsey, Lindsey: "You killing me? A flunky?! I'm not just... Angel... kills me. You... Angel... [dies]"

Illyria turning into Fred to comfort Wesley as he dies.

In the fight between Angel and Marcus Hamilton, Hamilton: Let me say this as clearly as I can. You cannot beat me. I am a part of them. The Wolf, Ram, and Hart. Their strength flows through my veins. My blood is filled with their ancient power.
Angel: Can you pick out the one word there you probably shouldn't have said? [he vamps out and bites Hamilton, draining his blood] Wow. You really are full of it!

I especially like that Whedon leaves most of the group still fighting evil:

Illyria: Wesley's dead. I'm feeling grief for him. I can't seem to control it. I wish to do more violence.
Spike: Well, wishes just happen to be horses today.
Angel: Amongst other things.
[A horde of demons and monsters is bearing down on Angel's team.]
Gunn: Okay, you take the thirty thousand on the left…
Illyria: You're fading. You'll last ten minutes at best.
Gunn: Then let's make 'em memorable.
Spike: And in terms of a plan?
Angel: We fight.
Spike: Bit more specific?
Angel: Well, personally, I kinda want to slay the dragon. Let's go to work.

I realize that some people think that that left the entire series up in air, but I disagree entirely. It pretty much wraps up all the individual storylines and starts them off on a new adventure. Anyway, I loved it.

I also enjoyed the final episode of Stargate SG-1 Mainly because it was so very different from the regular show. It's a complicated plot setup, but the short version is that the SG-1 gets stuck in a "time bubble" outside of our time (or at least so slow it might as well be) and the team must eventually spend their entire lives together on a spaceship. What I really loved is it gave me the opportunity to experience this group of people living their lives. It was a small quiet storyline that I found to be a comfortable little goodbye to their fans.

Here's the questions. )
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This television meme was snagged from [personal profile] autographedcat by way of [personal profile] serenejournal. The idea is to answer one question a day from the list below. (Yes, yes I'm way behind. Never mind the applicability of the day numbers. I'm just keeping the numbering because I'm anal that way. I'm slow at this but I'm still having fun answering them when I can, so moving right along :-) Today's is:

Day 21 - Favorite ship.

Hey there, a question I already have an opinion on, it's been awhile! I have always thought Serenity from Joss Whedon's Firefy was a beautiful ship. Especially because it looks like a working ship with the dents and scars to prove it. I'm also getting very found of Destiny from Stargate Universe for similar reasons.

Here's the questions. )
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This television meme was snagged from [personal profile] autographedcat by way of [personal profile] serenejournal. The idea is to answer one question a day from the list below. (Yes, yes I'm way behind. Never mind the applicability of the day numbers. I'm just keeping the numbering because I'm anal that way. I'm slow at this but I'm still having fun answering them when I can, so moving right along :-) Today's is:

Day 20 - Favorite kiss.

Wow this really isn't my kind of question. I just don't remember things like that. I'll confess to looking through YouTube for inspiration. I'm sure there are others, but the only one I can come up with is: The kiss between Kate and Sawyer while they were in the cage on Lost.

Here's the questions. )
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This television meme was snagged from [personal profile] autographedcat by way of [personal profile] serenejournal. The idea is to answer one question a day from the list below. (Yes, yes I'm way behind. Never mind the applicability of the day numbers. I'm just keeping the numbering because I'm anal that way. I'm slow at this but I'm still having fun answering them when I can, so moving right along :-) Today's is:

Day 19 - Best t.v show cast.

Probably West Wing, but I could say Sports Night? as easily. In comedy, M.A.S.H, WKRP in Cincinnati, Fawlty Towers all have great all round casts. In SF, Deep Space 9's cast did a fine job.

Here's the questions. )
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I feel a little like I'm talking to myself answering this meme. I never actually authored one before, and thought it might be fun. It hasn't exactly caught fire around here but, oh well. I did try not to think of my answers while writing this thing. So I may not have the most interesting answers. Here goes.

Answers under the cut )
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I'm not much for best or favorite kind of lists. I can always think of several whatevers that would fit in whatever category. So feel free to pick one or more than one to answer any of these. I'd be interested in peoples answers, so letting me know where your responses are would be great. I'm going to leave the meme here without my answers. I'll answer the meme in another post. One last thing, context and stories are encouraged.

1. What movies do you like to talk about?

2. Are there any director's you particularly follow?

3. Are there any actors that will motivate you to see a film that wouldn't generally interest you?

4. Are there any movies that you wish you hadn't seen?

5. What genres do you particularly like?

6. What genres do you avoid like the plague?

7. Are there any movies that are really popular that you just don't get?

8. Are there any movies that you love that most of your friends haven't seen?

9. Are there any movies that you thought you would hate, but ended up really enjoying?

10. Are there any scene's or monologues that have stayed with you long after you've seen the movie?

11. Any movies that you think should have a sequel?

12. Any movies that the sequel ruined?

13. What movies do you think about from your childhood?

14. What movies can you watch again and again?

15. Any cool chase scenes?

16. Any really hot scenes?

17. Any cool fights?

18. Any movies that really changed how you think about something?

19. Any good adaptations of a book to the screen?

20. What movies make you really laugh?

21. What movies get you weepy?

22. Any movies that you're a little embarrassed that you like so much?
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This television meme was snagged from [personal profile] autographedcat by way of [personal profile] serenejournal. The idea is to answer one question a day from the list below. (Yes, yes I'm way behind. Never mind the applicability of the day numbers. I'm just keeping the numbering because I'm anal that way. I'm slow at this but I'm still having fun answering them when I can, so moving right along :-) Today's is:

Day 18 - Favorite title sequence.

Title sequences are not something I pay attention to much. So I had a hard time coming up with an answer to this one. A title sequence that had the most emotional effect on me was probably The Outer Limits. It was most likely the age that I saw it, but that narrator saying, "we control the horizontal. We control the vertical..." got me all goose pimply.

Another that struck me was the first episode of Star Trek: the Next Generation. Now, I'm a big Star Trek fan and was really looking forward to the new show. Hearing Patrick Stewart's voice saying "... To seek out new life, new civilizations. To boldly go where no one has gone before." Changing that one word made me so optimistic that the new show would work out. Turned out I gave up on the show about halfway through the first season and didn't really start watching it again until the fifth or sixth because so many of my friends said it was getting better. It did get better and I have some fond memories of the show even though it isn't my favorite.

Here's the questions. )
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Snagged from [personal profile] serene

1. Venison
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros (don't like it)
4. Steak tartare
5. Crocodile


Snipped for those meme averse. )

1) Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
2) Bold all the items you've eaten.
3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating.
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This television meme was snagged from [personal profile] autographedcat by way of [personal profile] serenejournal. The idea is to answer one question a day from the list below. (Yes, yes I'm way behind. Never mind the applicability of the day numbers. I'm just keeping the numbering because I'm anal that way. I'm slow at this but I'm still having fun answering them when I can, so moving right along :-) Today's is:

Day 17 - Favorite mini series.

You know a favorite of mine is still the first I ever saw (the first ever done, I think), Roots. It came out my senior year of high school. It's not like I didn't know the history, but it was such very powerful television for me. I could also add several BBC shows. It seems to be the way they do television over there and I think it's a form that really works for television. How many television series have I seen that started out so wonderful and went to crap because they were constantly needing to keep the, "ball in the air"? A few other mini series, I really loved are: House of Cards, Fawlty Towers and a few of the Black Adder stories.

Here's the questions. )
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This television meme was snagged from [personal profile] autographedcat by way of [personal profile] serenejournal. The idea is to answer one question a day from the list below. Today's is:

Day 16 - Your guilty pleasure show.

I suppose it would have to be the few "reality" shows that I do enjoy. The one I'm most embarrassed by is Big Brother. I watch a couple so called reality programs. Some others are Survivor, and The Amazing Race. I really can't defend my enjoyment of Big Brother or Survivor they really do cater to showing off the worst in humanity, but The Amazing Race, I think, is a show that tries to use the format to expand people's awareness of the world. During the show there are many tasks that need to be performed before contestants can move on to the next country. Often the tasks are jobs or pastimes that the people in the country they're in do all the time. It gives the contestants and the viewers an opportunity to get a taste of what it's like to live and work in these other cultures. Granted, it's a shallow and televised version of these tasks but I think it's a worthwhile attempt

Here's the questions. )
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This television meme was snagged from [personal profile] autographedcat by way of [personal profile] serenejournal. The idea is to answer one question a day from the list below. Today's is:

Day 15 - Favorite female character.

As I've said before I have trouble with favorites. There are lots of female characters that I enjoy. CJ from West Wing, Willow from Buffy, The Vampire Slayer, Capt. Janeway from Voyager Etc. but I'm trying to come up with a few characters that people wouldn't think of at first. On HBO there was a show created and written by David Milch who created the The Sopranos. His follow up series was called Deadwood. Which was critically acclaimed and although really hard to watch at times, had some amazing characters and stories that I still think about today. The show was largely a Western about the town of Deadwood in South Dakota. This is very early in Deadwood's history. The town is not much more than a general store, a couple of bars and a whorehouse. One of the less expensive prostitutes is a woman named Trixie (played by Paula Malcomson who now is on Caprica, a very impressive actor IMHO). She is close to the bottom of the social structure having almost no power except whatever personal relationships she can develop. You wouldn't think of her as having the resources to help anyone in any way, but on several occasions she works things out to benefit many of the women in the town. She doesn't seem to worry about the social position of those she helps and she gets very little notice and even less credit for her actions. She helps fellow prostitutes, rich wives, whoever she thinks needs help. The entire show is about power and how its exercised when there's little government to enforce any rules. Most of the stories in the foreground are men fighting other men for something. Trixie uses her skills and knowledge to help support the very least powerful in town, the women. I love how differently she moved in this cruel and selfish place.

Here's the questions. )
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Day 14 - Favorite male character.

In an effort to mix things up a little, I'd say a favorite male character of mine is Dr. Miguelito Loveless played by the amazing actor Michael Dunn from the The Wild, Wild West. Yes, he was largely a stereotype, but at least the character was played by an actual little person (I'm embarrassed to admit that I'm not sure that's the correct term anymore. Little person feels to me like it's wrong, but I've seen it used by people in his situation. If I'm offending anyone please give me a hand with better terminology.) Dr. Loveless is of course the bad guy, but he is West's arch nemesis. So at least he's a very good "bad guy". Michael Dunn would have been a major actor if he had been a little taller. IMHO He demonstrated how good an actor he was to have a career despite his height.

He also had a major part in one of my favorite Star Trek episodes. Here's a good example of Michael Dunn's work. It's not his best, but there's one of my favorite television moments here.

Here's the questions. )
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This television meme was snagged from [personal profile] autographedcat by way of [personal profile] serenejournal. The idea is to answer one question a day from the list below. Today's is:

Day 13 - Favorite childhood show.

Probably Dark Shadows, I remember having to rush home in order to see it. I think I got out of school at 3:00 and Dark Shadows began at 3:30 (or something like that). Anyway, I had to get right home in order to see it from the beginning. Anybody remember the storyline of the kissing ghost? I haven't Googled it but I believe the ghost was a young Kate Jackson. She was a Victorian ghost who would appear periodically and smooch on people. Anyway that's one of my earliest television memories. I also really loved Jonny Quest. It was a must-see on Saturdays.

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