Favorites & Top Tens

Favorite books

  1. The Crisis of the Old Order by Arthur Schlesinger, Jr
  2.  Truman by David McCulloch
  3. Lincoln by David Herbert Donald
  4. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Dr. Hunter S. Thompson
  5.  Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin
  6. Walden by Henry David Thoreau
  7. The Collected Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway
  8. The Gallery of Regrettable Food by James Likens
  9. Boss by Mike Royko
  10. Ulysses by James Joyce

Favorite Films


  1. Dr. Strangelove
  2. Chinatown
  3. Rocky
  4. The Atomic Café
  5. The Godfather
  6. Bringing Up Baby
  7. Goodfellas
  8. The Philadelphia Story
  9. 2001
  10. Local Hero

Favorite Television

  1. American Experience
  2. Mystery Science Theater 3000
  3. Seinfeld
  4. Scrubs
  5. Monty Python
  6. The Simpsons
  7. The Sopranos
  8. The Office
  9. The Big Bang Theory
  10. Boardwalk Empire/ Parks and Recreation (tie)

Unpopular Opinions

  1. On the whole, the Beatles’ best work was before Sgt. Pepper’s.
  2. Bob Seger is better than Bruce Springsteen.
  3. The Catcher in the Rye is overrated.
  4. If you’re old enough to drive a car you’re too old to read Harry Potter books.
  5. Come to think of it, The Catcher in the Rye is pretty bad.
  6. “It’s a Wonderful Life” is a life-hating movie with a bad message.
  7. I like Ireland and Irish people, but I hate St. Patrick’s Day.
  8. Hobbits suck.
  9. Bob Dylan is overrated, and he did not deserve the Nobel Prize for Literature.
  10. This is a tough one and I’m going to get grief for it, but I have decided to be brave. Rick Astley is a great singer and he has never received the respect he deserves for his music. He is not a joke. Give him a second chance and listen for yourself.

Favorite Things

  1. Indy car racing
  2. Drive-in theaters
  3. Diet Coke
  4. Edward Hopper paintings
  5. The Three Stooges
  6. Rivers
  7. Route 66
  8. Zippy the Pinhead
  9. Diners
  10. The First Amendment

Favorite albums


  1. “My Aim is True” Elvis Costello
  2. “The Nightfly” Donald Fagen
  3. “Steam Powered Aeroplane” John Hartford
  4. “Aja”  Steely Dan
  5. “Frampton Comes Alive”  Peter Frampton
  6. “Meet the Beatles” Beatles
  7. “Rockin’”  The Guess Who
  8. “Cosmic Thing” B-52s
  9. “Greatest Hits” Dave Brubeck
  10. “The Allman Brothers at the Filmore East”  Allman Brothers

Favorite Songs

  1. “Free Bird” by Lynard Skynard
  2. “L.A. Woman” by The Doors
  3. “Just the Way You Are” by Billy Joel
  4. “New Frontier” by Donald Fagen
  5. “Steam Boat Whistle Blues” by John Hartford
  6. “Can’t Afford No Shoes” by Frank Zappa
  7. “Changes in Latitude, Changes in Attitude” by Jimmy Buffet
  8. “All I Wanna Do” by Cheryl Crow
  9. “I Love L.A.” by Randy Newman
  10. “Roll With the Changes” by REO Speedwagon

Favorite Bands or Musicians

  1. The Beatles
  2. Steely Dan
  3. Elvis Costello
  4. John Hartford
  5. Warren Zevon
  6. Fountains of Wayne
  7. Frank Zappa
  8. Ramones
  9. REO Speedwagon
  10. B 52s

More than honorable mentions: The Doors, The Who, The Guess Who, Billy Joel, Talking Heads, The Pretenders, Johnny Cash, The Police, Ted Nugent (his music, not his politics,) Jimmy Buffet, Kansas, Chicago, Dave Brubeck, Dave Clark Five, Duke Ellington, Peter Frampton, Allman Brothers, The Eagles, Foo Fighters, Chuck Berry, Les Paul, Aerosmith and Donna Summer.

Choosing my ten favorite albums, songs and performers was very difficult because there are hundreds that I could have included.

Favorite Videos

  1. “Roam” by the B-52s
  2. “New Frontier” by Donald Fagen
  3. “Sabotage” by the Beastie Boys
  4. “Walk the Dinosaur” by Was Not Was
  5. “Are You Gonna Go My Way?” by Lenny Kravitz
  6. “Stepping Out” by Joe Jackson
  7. “Take the A Train” by Duke Ellington
  8. “Once in a Lifetime” by Talking Heads
  9. “Brass in Pocket” by The Pretenders
  10. “Love Shack” by the B-52s

Funniest Stand Up Comedians

  1. Richard Pryor
  2. Sam Kenison
  3. Chris Rock
  4. Emo Phillips
  5. Louis Black
  6. Rodney Dangerfield
  7. Bob Newhart
  8. Jackie Mason
  9. Jerry Seinfeld
  10. George Carlin

Favorite food

  1. Barbequed Pork Steaks
  2. Whole wheat bread
  3. Chicken
  4. Jack salmon
  5. Turkey hot dogs
  6. Raw Carrots
  7. Pizza
  8. Deviled eggs
  9. Chicken fried rice
  10. Cheeseburgers

Je suis Charlie

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