you just go on your nerve



  • Alexz Johnson
  • Allison Iraheta
  • Ani Difranco
  • Animal Collective
  • Antigone Rising
  • Ashlee Simpson
  • Beethoven
  • Belle and Sebastian
  • Beyonce
  • Bikini Kill
  • Bob Dylan
  • Boys Who Say No
  • Britney Spears
  • Cheese On Bread
  • The Clash
  • Emily Haines
  • Faure
  • Feist
  • Goldfrapp
  • Jeff Buckley
  • Jenny Lewis
  • Kelly Clarkson
  • Kimya Dawson
  • Kris Allen
  • LCD Soundsystem
  • Leonard Cohen
  • Lily Allen
  • Liz Phair
  • Los Campesinos!
  • Metric
  • Modest Mouse
  • Mozart
  • The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
  • Palestrina
  • Patti Smith
  • The Pogues
  • Regina Spektor
  • Rilo Kiley
  • Robyn
  • Rufus Wainwright
  • Tori Amos
  • The Unlovables
  • Verdi
  • VV Brown
  • The World/Inferno Friendship Society


  • 30 Rock
  • The Colbert Report
  • The Daily Show
  • Degrassi: The Next Generation
  • Desperate Housewives
  • Hey Arnold!
  • House
  • Instant Star
  • My So-Called Life
  • Sailor Moon
  • Scrubs
  • Veronica Mars


  • Batman Begins & The Dark Knight
  • The Big Lebowski
  • Edward Scissorhands
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • Kinsey
  • Maria Full of Grace
  • Moulin Rouge
  • Mulan
  • The Pianist
  • Pirates of the Caribbean & sequels
  • Romeo + Juliet
  • Shakespeare in Love
  • Snakes on a Plane
  • Wall-E
  • When Harry Met Sally


  • The poetry of John Ashbery
  • Ship Fever, Andrea Barrett
  • The parts of the Animorphs series that were actually good, K. A. Applegate
  • Believers, Charles Baxter
  • The Feast of Love, Charles Baxter
  • The poetry of Eavan Boland
  • The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and sequels, Ann Brashares
  • Possession: A Romance, A. S. Byatt
  • The Postman Always Rings Twice, James Cain
  • The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, Michael Chabon
  • Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Rachel Cohn and David Leviathan
  • The Body Artist, Don Delillo
  • The Sound and the Fury, William Faulkner
  • Harriet the Spy, Louise Fitzhugh
  • Tender is the Night, F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Sandman, Neil Gaiman
  • The poetry of Louise Gluck
  • Angels in America, Tony Kushner
  • The Remains of the Day, Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Never Let Me Go, Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?, Horace McCoy
  • The Pillowman, Martin McDonagh
  • Watchmen, Alan Moore
  • The Bluest Eye, Toni Morrison
  • The poetry of Frank O’Hara
  • The His Dark Materials trilogy: The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, The Amber Spyglass, Philip Pullman
  • The Harry Potter books, J. K. Rowling
  • Holes, Louis Sachar
  • Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Betty Smith
  • On Beauty, Zadie Smith
  • The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck
  • Ordinary Love and Good Will
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain
  • The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe, Jane Wagner
  • The House of Mirth, Edith Wharton
  • Mrs. Dalloway, Virginia Woolf
  • A Streetcar Named Desire, Tennessee Williams


  • Passionate Minds, David Bodanis
  • Educating Esme, Esme Raji Codell
  • Doris: Anthology, Cindy Ovenrack Crabb
  • The Music of the Primes: Searching to Solve the Greatest Mystery in Mathematics, Marcus de Sautoy
  • Positively 4th Street: The Lives and Times of Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Mimi Baez Farina and Richard Farina, David Hadju
  • The Harbor Boys, Hugo Hamilton
  • Monkey Girl: Evolution, Education, Religion, and the Battle for America’s Soul, Edward Humes
  • Drinking: A Love Story, Carolyn Knapp
  • No Contest: The Case Against Competition, Alfie Kohn
  • Amazing Grace: The Lives of Children and the Conscience of a Nation, Jonathan Kozol
  • Common Ground: A Turbulent Decade in the Lives of Three American Families, Anthony Lukas
  • The Working Poor: Invisible in America, David K. Shipler
  • The Trojan War: A New History, Barry Strauss
  • The Heartless Stone: A Journey Through the World of Diamonds, Deceit, and Desire, Tom Zoellner

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    chronicles of a life unforetold

    this is an archive of the posts at my tumblr i think are worth keeping - a greatest hits, if you will, currently going slowly through the backlog and eventually hitting simultaneous-ish updates. the tumblr is like emails from me to the internet, if the internet were my best friend; this is basically also that, but with fewer gratuitous pictures of pretty boys, stupid youtube videos, and babbling about obsessions, and more capital letters.
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