Category Archives: Lists

Our best thoughts come from others. aka The Links Vol. 2

Here are a few more websites I think you all might enjoy. Give them a shot and let me know what you think. – This site is a great place to find a few new bands. The music is available on a name your own price scheme, which is nice, or you can choose to invite three friends to download the same album and then you get it free. I’m sure I have annoyed friends who keep getting email invitations, but at least I’ve gotten some good music out of it. Downloads are full albums only, with about fifty albums available right now. – The music information website is different than a lot of other music site out there. It’s hard to nail down just why I like it, but I do. Give it a shot, then maybe you can tell me why I like it. – This is a good personal finance blog. Continue reading

The Adress is 22 Twain

A friend over at Things I Love and Hate wrote a great post on overlooked works and in it mentioned how people read Tom Sawyer and think they know Mark Twain. Most people are at least familiar with his “major” works (e.g. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court), but there is so much that he wrote that goes unnoticed. Twain is one of my favorite authors, and I can’t believe people don’t read more of his works

And so, here is a list for the philistines among us: Mark Twain You Need to Read.

The Tragedy of Pudd’nhead Wilson
This is the story of a young lawyer named Wilson that comes into a small town. On his arrival, he is waiting at the train station and he is annoyed by a dog that will not stop barking. He comments jokingly to a man nearby “I wish I owned half of that dog.” When asked why he responded, “Because I would kill my half.” The man took him as being serious, and decided that Wilson was a pudd’nhead. The name stuck.

Twain uses the novel to explore the issue of slavery, a well as stereotypes and small town politics.
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You’re the best around, no one’s ever gonna keep you down.

Here’s my list of the five best filmmakers. Enjoy.

1. Francis Ford Coppola – With movies like The Godfather I and II, The Conversation and most importantly Apocalypse Now, Coppola is unparalleled. He is the best that has been and it will take someone incredible to top him. Best work to date: Apocalypse Now

2. Sir Alfred Hitchcock – It is still amazing and disgraceful that no Oscar was ever awarded to Hitchcock (except for the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award). He was a master of the art and was responsible for some of the most recognizable and iconic films ever produced. There will never be another Hitchcock. Best work: Vertigo

3. The Coen Brothers, Joel and Ethan – This pair of brothers has gained a lot of recognition in this past year for their incredible film No Country For Old Men, but their previous films stand on their own as great achievements. Movies like Fargo, The Man Who Wasn’t There, The Lady Killers, and, of course, The Big Lebowski are all great examples of their wit, unique characters, and distinct style. Best work to date: No Country For Old Men Continue reading

A lot of people ask me if I were shipwrecked, and could only have one book, what would it be? I always say ‘How to Build a Boat’

I started 50 Book Challenge at the end of last October.  The idea is you read 50 books in a year.  Apparently they named it pretty well.  The only other real stipulation, and its more of a suggestion, is that the average length should be at least 300 pages.

So here are, in no particular order, a few of my favorite books of the last year, well since October anyway.

I, Claudius – My favorite professor in college was always talking about this one, and I had been meaning to read it for a long, long time.  It is a great book, especially if you are interested in ancient Rome.

Till We Have Faces – Believe it or not, this was the first C.S. Lewis book I ever read.  The imagery was amazing, and there is some serious food for thought.  Writing an allegory without it coming off preachy can be tough, but this one really works.
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