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CONTEMPORARY AUTHORS:


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/)


BOOKSTORES:

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


FAVORITE TV SHOWS:


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

MOVIES:



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.


Amadeus


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


Hoosiers


Dan in Real Life


The Mission


FAVORITE ARTISTS:


Makoto Fujimura


Van Gogh


Marc Chagall


Rembrandt


Matisse


Vermeer


Andy Goldsworthy


Joseph Cornell


William Blake

COMPOSERS:


Arvo Part


Bach


Mozart


Schubert


John Rutter


Max Richter


Zbigniew Preisner


Vivaldi


John Tavener

















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