He – Death – stops for no man. Therefore, allow us to force certain works of art upon your attention before you die.


Lady in the Water
Frozen, Part 1
Frozen, Part 2
August, Osage County
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Only Lovers Left Alive
The Imitation Game


Stravinsky: Unbend Your Prejudice
Adams: Facing Death
Handel: A Foretaste of the Feast to Come
Anuna: Earworm Alleluia


By These Ten Bones
Three Genres
Out of the Silent Planet
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Righting the Mother Tongue

Books that Make Us Human

10: The Moviegoer
9: Leaf, by Niggle
8: Jane Austen

Book Meme 2012

Week 1: Book Crush(es)

Thalia: The Scarlet Pimpernel
Urania: Morpheus
Terpsichore: Bean
Melpomene: Benedick
Calliope: Richard Winters 

Week 2: Books I’d give a theme song to

Thalia: Wooster & Jeeves & Stephane Grappeli
Urania: Hero & Endless Dream, and Twilight & Angels
Terpsichore: Many Lists
Melpomene: Dark Waltz & Melian and Thingol, Debussy & Woolf
Calliope: Make Way for the Ducklings & Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto

Week 3: Best villain

Thalia: The Man in the Brown Suit, from  . . . .  The Man in the Brown Suit!
Urania: Captain Hook, from Peter Pan
Terpsichore: Moriarty etc., from Sherlock Holmes, etc.
Melpomene: Mr. Jackman, from Old House Of Fear
Calliope: Edmund, from King Lear

Week 4: Best love story

Thalia: Our Mutual Friend, by Dickens
Urania: Gwyneth and Judd, from The Bell at Sealey Head
Terpsichore: A Severe Mercy, by Sheldon Vanauken
Melpomene: John and Abigail Adams, in their letters
Calliope:  Sir Conan and Lady Anne, from The Red Keep

Week 5: Characters and literary figures I’d name my children after

Thalia: Quentin
Urania: Miranda
Terpsichore: Many Names
Melpomene: Beatrice & Benedict
Calliope: Edmund & Lucy

Week 6: The author by whom you own the most books

Thalia: Agatha Christie
Urania: Lewis & McKillip
Terpsichore: Lewis
Melpomene: Terry Pratchett
Calliope: Lloyd Alexander

Week 7: Favorite words and phrases, or lines and literary allusions that would win your heart.

Thalia: Tasty Words
Urania: As You Wish
Terpsichore: Lists of Allusions
Melpomene: Song of Songs
Calliope: Supercalifragilisticexpialidosious

Week 8: Best Story Settings

Thalia: Shakespearian Rome
Urania: Sci-Fi
Terpsichore: Narnia
Melpomene: The Inferno
Calliope: Mistawis

Week 9: Book(s) that you would bring on your honeymoon. (ie; so intrinsic to your life that it MUST be shared with your life partner as soon as possible. Or just fun to read together.)

Thalia: Poetry!
Urania: The Sandman
Terpsichore: A Library
Melpomene: Heart of the World
Calliope: Rudyard Kipling

Week 10: Books that I would bring if the world was going to be destroyed by aliens/cylons and we had to restart civilization as we know it. (ie: the basis of human knowledge and thought and civilization.)

Thalia: History
Terpsichore: Fiction
Melpomene: Political Thought
Calliope: Theology

Also, for the

30 Day Book Meme Challenge 2011,

hic ecce The List!

Day 01 – The best book you read last year
A Canticle for Liebowitz
The Eyes of the Dragon
Day 02 – A book that you’ve read more than 3 times
Death Comes for the Archbishop
Brideshead Revisited
The Discarded Image
 Day 03 – Your favorite series
Discworld Series
Harry Potter/ Narnia
G.A. Henty
Day 04 – Favorite book of your favorite series
Going Postal
The Chamber of Secrets
In Freedom’s Cause
Day 05 – A book that makes you happy
CIA Manual of Trickery and Deception
The Magician’s Nephew
Murder Must Advertise
Day 06 – A book that makes you sad
To The Lighthouse
The Little Prince
The Hiding Place/The Marble Fawn
Day 07 – Most underrated book
The Once and Future King
O. Henry
The Story of the Trapp Family Singers
Day 08 – Most overrated book
Twilight/Harry Potter/Catcher in the Rye
Catcher in the Rye
Adam of the Road
Day 09 – A book you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving
Delta Wedding
Brave New World
Lord of the Rings
Day 10 – Favorite classic book
Ballad of the White Horse/That Hideous Strength
Day 11 – A book you hated
Paradise Lost
Gone with the Wind
Day 12 – A book you used to love but don’t anymore
Mill on the Floss
The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide
 Day 13 – Your favorite writer
G.K. Chesterton
C. S. Lewis
Day 14 – Favorite book of your favorite writer
The Poet and the Lunatics
Day 15 – Favorite male character
Lord Peter/King Alfred
Day 16 – Favorite female character
Lucy Pevensie
Hermione Granger
 Day 17 – Favorite quote from your favorite book
Quotes, quotes everywhere, and many books in sight
 Day 18 – A book that disappointed you
Horatio Hornblower
Tess of the D’Urbervilles/Scoop
 Day 19 – Favorite book turned into a movie
Pride & Prejudice/Stardust/Howl’s Moving Castle/Princess Bride
 Day 20 – Favorite romance book
Lord Peter and Harriet Vane
Pride & Prejudice
 Day 21 – Favorite book from your childhood
The Kitchen Knight/The Red Keep
Tales of the Kingdom/Tales of the Resistance
Day 22 – Favorite book you own
An Ideal Husband
Guide Book to Women 
Day 23 – A book you wanted to read for a long time but still haven’t
Mel’s Lists
‘Psichore’s Lists 
Day 24 – A book that you wish more people would read
Day 25 – A character to whom you can relate to the most
Sophie Hatter
 Day 26 – A book that changed your opinion about something
Scottish Chiefs
An Experiment in Criticism 
Day 27 – The most surprising plot twist or ending
Father Brown
Goblet of Fire/And Then There Were None/Supernaturalist
Day 28 – Favorite title
List: Pretty Words . . .
List: Intriguing Ideas . . .
Day 29 – A book everyone hated but you liked
Madame Bovary
Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging
Day 30 – Your favorite book of all time
Song of Songs/Lord of the Rings
Stacks/The Bible

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