Alice Munro

Anne Lamott

Marilynne Robinson

Wendell Berry

W. G. Sebald

Kazuo Ishiguro

Kent Haruf

Madeleine L'Engle

Annie Dillard

Lauren Winner

Kathleen Norris

SINGER / SONGWRITERS/ BANDS (this does not include givens like James Taylor, Carol King, John Prine, Paul Simon, or Van Morrison):

Peter Gabriel (http://petergabriel.com/)

Rich Mullins

Sandra McCraken (http://sandramccracken.com/)

The Avett Brothers (http://www.theavettbrothers.com/)

Mary Chapin Carpenter (http://www.marychapincarpenter.com/)

All Sons & Daughters (http://allsonsanddaughters.com/)


Parnassus Bookshop: http://www.parnassusbooks.net/
Malaprop's Bookstore: http://www.malaprops.com/


My favorite show currently on television right now is on on PBS called A Chef's Life. It has won both the Peabody and Emmy. It is about Vivian Howard and her husband, Ben. They opened a restaurant in her hometown of Kinston, North Carolina. She explores "traditional and modern applications of quintessential Southern ingredients."  It shows both what her life is like as a chef, restaurant owner, mother, wife, and daughter. The show also portrays what life is like in a small town.
It is currently in its third season. The first season can be streamed on Amazon Prime.
To visit the show's website, go to: http://www.achefslifeseries.com/
To visit her restaurant Chef & the Farmer's website, go to: http://chefandthefarmer.com/
Runners up:  The Great British Baking Show (my favorite is still Martha), Dr. Who (particularly the David Tennant years), Sherlock, Downton Abbey, Luther, Broadchurch, Wallander (The British version), Chef's Table, Last Week Tonight With John OliverStranger Things, Man in the High Castle, This is Us

It should come as no surprise that my favorite show that is not currently on-air is Gilmore Girls. No surprise there for anyone who's followed this blog since I have referenced it numerous times. This show has some of the smartest dialogue written for television and I love it's use of pop culture references. Lauren Graham, who plays Lorelai, and Kelly Bishop (who plays her mother Emily) are amazing, as are all of the supporting cast members. If you haven't seen this show, you can stream it on Netflix. So do it. Now!

Runners-up in this category: LostHouse30 RockThe OfficeParks and Rec, Parenthood, The West Wing, Battlestar Galactica, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The X Files, Seinfeld, Homicide: Life on the Street


Dead Poet's Society. Literature, Robin Williams, and Carpe Diem.  

84 Charing Cross Road. Anthony Hopkins, Anne Bancroft, antiquarian bookstores, and English Literature. And it's a true story.

You've Got Mail. Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, and a children's bookstore that I adore and wished I owned. Also it recalls a time when I worked in books. 

No surprise here, To Kill A Mockingbird. The best adaptation of a book to film. I love both dearly.


While many may prefer his Dark Knight series, I enjoy Christopher Nolan's The Prestige and love how he has taken the conceits of magic trick and weaves them into an amazing narrative.

The films of Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky.

The films of Polish director Krzysztof Kieslowski.

The films of Swedish director Ingmar Bergman.

Finding Neverland

Babette's Feast

Pride & Prejudice

Little Women

Big Fish

Truly, Madly, Deeply

The films of Hayao Miyazaki

The films of Pixar

Bright Star

Jane Eyre

The films of Terrence Malick

Into Great Silence

La Strada, La Dolce Vita, and 8 1/2 by Federico Fellini


Dan in Real Life

The Mission


Makoto Fujimura

Van Gogh

Marc Chagall




Andy Goldsworthy

Joseph Cornell

William Blake


Arvo Part




John Rutter

Max Richter

Zbigniew Preisner


John Tavener

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