Saturday, May 29, 2010

MUSIC: Woody Guthrie Talking About His Father's Songs

Heard something similiar on NPR, but I got this from this link: http://www2.timesreview.com/ST/stories/T072309_Arlo_A_Cover_ES from The Suffolk Times. - OlderMusicGeek

Arlo Guthrie talking about his father's music: "On the one hand, it's great that the songs were written with a long shelf life. But it's too bad the world still sucks. You'd have thought we'd have gotten somewhere by now."

Monday, May 17, 2010

BOOKS: It is believed most people will have only read 6 of the 100 books here. How do your reading habits stack up?

Supposably, the BBC believes this, but I can't find anything on the net. So I think that the story is bogus. But it's still fun to see how many you've read, want to read or think you should read! - OlderMusicGeek

Instructions: Copy this. Look at the list and make a mark by those you have read.

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien (started it but didn't finish)
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling (only now reading the second one!)
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible (about 1/3 of the old testament and most of the new)
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
* 8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell (3 times!)
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
Total: 1 so far!

* 11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott (listen to the audiobook)
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller (on my must read list!)
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare (Has anyone really read this! I've read over 5 of his plays! That's got to count for something!)
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier (Taught a condensed version of this for beginner's English.)
* 16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulkner
* 18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger (rereading it right now!)
19 The Time Traveler’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger (haven't and won't!)
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
Total: 4

21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
* 22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
* 25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams (must read!)
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
* 27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky (A great book everyone should read!)
* 28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
* 29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
Total: 9 already - ha!

31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis (not interested)
34 Emma-Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hossein
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne (I do need to read this some time!)
Total: Uh oh, 9 still!

* 41 Animal Farm - George Orwell (fun book!)
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown (Not really interested, seems like a second rate Umberto Eco-wannabe book.)
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez (want to!)
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
* 49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan
Total: 10

51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
* 52 Dune - Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
* 58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night - Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Total: 12 - ha! twice as much!

61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
* 62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac (on my must read list)
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding
69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
Total: 13

71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
* 72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce (started it and gave up!)
* 76 The Inferno – Dante
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
Total: 15

80 Possession - AS Byatt
* 81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
* 87 Charlotte’s Web - EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
* 89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (probably read most if not all of these stories!)
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
Total: 18 - 3 times as much, bbc!

91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
* 94 Watership Down - Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare (seen more than one version of it on film!)
* 99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

Bringing me to a total of 19!

But if I was making this list, I definitely take off a few books (like "The Time-Traveller's Wife"!) and add a few that are seriously missing, like "The Odyssey" for example!

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