Here are some of my favorite books, films, and music. See highlighted weblinks for fuller lists.

Amis, Martin. Money: A Suicide Note 1984)
Austen, Jane. Emma; Mansfield Park, Persuasion, . . .
Barry, Sebastian. The Secret Scripture (2008)
Boll, Heinrich. The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum (trans. 1975)
Brontë, Charlotte. Villette (1853)
Burney, Fanny. Evelina (1778)—also Cecilia, Camilla, and The Wanderer
Chabon, Michael. The Yiddish Policemen's Union (2007)
Davies, Robertson. The Deptford Trilogy (1970-75)
Dickens, Charles. Bleak House (1852-53); *Our Mutual Friend . . .*Great Expectations . . . Dombey and Son . .
Didion, Joan. A Book of Common Prayer (1977)
Edgeworth, Maria. Belinda (1801)
Eliot, George. Middlemarch (1871-72)
Ellison, Ralph. Invisible Man (1952)
Erdrich, Louise. The Round House (2012); also Love Medicine
Ford, Ford Madox. The Good Soldier: A Tale of Passion (1915)
Gaskell, Elizabeth. North and South (1854-55)
Hoban, Russell. Riddley Walker (1980)
Ishiguro, Kazuo. The Remains of the Day (1989)
Irving, John. A Prayer for Owen Meany (1989)
James, Henry. The Portrait of a Lady . . . (1881 . . . 1908) also The Ambassadors
Melville, Herman. Moby Dick
Morrison, Toni. Song of Solomon; Sula
Nabokov, Vladimir. Pnin
Proulx, E. Annie. The Shipping News (1993)
Pullman, Philip. The Golden Compass (1995, aka Northern Lights, first novel in His Dark Materials trilogy, followed by The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass)
Rachman, Tom. The Imperfectionists (2010)
Richardson, Samuel. Clarissa; Or, the History of a Young Lady (1747-48)
Robinson, Marilyn. Housekeeping (1980)
Roth, Philip. The Human Stain (2000)
Semple, Maria. Where'd You Go, Bernadette? (2012)
Saunders, George. Tenth of December: Stories (2013)
Waters, Sarah. Fingersmith (2002), also Affinity, and The Paying Guests
Wharton, Edith. The House of Mirth (1905)
Williams, John. Stoner (1965)
Wodehouse, P. G. *Psmith

Want to check out some contmporary short fiction? See what's suggested in my Contemporary Fiction course (Fall 2016) or British Novels Since 2000 (Fall 2018)

Films and TV too:
The Wire (best show in history of television? or that could be The Sopranos or Breaking Bad or ?)

The Sopranos (six seasons with perhaps the best series finale of all time--as you watch each episode, you might enjoy reading Todd VanDerWerff's episode-by-episode A.V. Club blog as go

The Americans(superb)
The (BBC) Office and The Office Special  

Buffy The Vampire Slayer

Freaks and Geeks

Fargo (Season 1-3--so good!)
Breaking Bad (incredible)

Better Call Saul (great)

Patriot (amazon prime)

Fleabag (amazon prime)

Killing Eve

Godless (Netflix)

Glow (Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling)
Leave It to Beaver, Dick Van Dyke Show and so recent/current series: The Protectors (excellent), The Bridge (Swedish/Danish version is excellent, and American version also very good), Game of Thrones (of course!), Wallander (Swedish version is excellent, and also see version with Kenneth Branagh), Broadchurch, Dicte, Salamander, The Bletchley Circle, Top of the Lake, Jack Taylor, Happy Valley, Annika Bengtzon, The Code (excellent), The Fall, Marcella, Wentworth, and uneven but Marvel's Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and The Defenders, Dr. Who!

By the way, following Game of Thrones? then try to find Andy Greenwald's and also Jason Concepcion's conversations/episode reviews, and for a different, somewhat counterpoint voice, Alyssa Rosenberg at the Washington Post--see these two posts, for instance, on a recent controversial episode--an overarching defense/opinion piece with her regular column on that particular episode (Season 5, Episode 6). As with movie critics, it's interesting to follow the sentiments/sensibilities/perspectives and analysis/arguments of these critics over a long story arc for this show.

A. V. Club/Caroline Siede's "A timey-wimey guide to the modern era of Doctor Who" (10 October 2018)

Films (most dates accurate)--want to watch/see soon, Roma, Eighth Grade, Leave No Trace, The Favourite ...

’71 (2014)--riveting
8½ (1963)--one of the best of all time
12 Angry Men (1957, also 1997 remake, plus "12", a 2007 Russian version)
Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974)
Alice in the Cities (1974)
--one of my very favorites
Alien (1979); Aliens (1986)
Arrival (2016)
Babette’s Feast (1987)
Before Sunrise (1995, first in director Linklater's romantic/sentimentally intelligent trilogy, followed by Before Sunset and Before Midnight, spanning 18 years, with Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke)
Before Midnight (2013)
Before Sunset (2004)
Bend It Like Beckham
Best in Show (2000)
Bicycle Thieves (1948)
Birdman, or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance (2014)
Breaking Away (1979)
Bullitt (1968)
Casablanca (1942)
Children of Men
Chinatown (1974)
City of God
Cléo from 5 to 7
Clueless (1995)
L'Eclisse (1962)
Equinox Flower
Fargo (1996)
Five Easy Pieces (1970)
Fresh (1994)
Frozen River (2008)
Get Out (2017)

Groundhog Day (1993)
Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)  
Her (2013) 
Holiday (1938)
In the Heat of the Night (1967)
I've Heard the Mermaids Singing (1987)
Journey to Italy (1954)
Kill Bill: Vols. 1 and 2 (2003/2004)
Kings of the Road (1976)
Late Spring
L'avventura (1961)
Manhattan (1979)--with caveat that 17-yr. old Tracy's character serves to (briefly) verbally indict the neurotic, self-indulgent and abusive adults, esp. Isaac, while ultimately? offering a chastened hope/faith even after she's been used ...a thought-provoking film that more than ever can prompt debate/disgust/revelation...
Man with a Movie Camera (1929)
Midnight Run (1988)
The Millenium Trilogy
(Swedish): The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009); The Girl Who Played with Fire; The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
Miss Congeniality (2001)
Mulholland Drive
(2001)--fascinating--regarded by many as the top film since 2000
My Cousin Vinny (1992)
My Dinner With Andre (1981)--classic conversation
Nights of Cabiria
(1957)--sentimental favorite
North by Northwest (1959)
Notorious (1946)      
Now, Voyager (1942)
Paris, Texas (1984)--so good
Persona (1967)           
Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (1987)
Police, adjective (2009, Romanian)
--so unexpected in its tones/humor
Pulp Fiction (1994) 
Rachel Getting Married (2008)
Rashomon (1950)    
Roman Holiday (1953)  
Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
Some Like It Hot (1959)
The Spirit of the Beehive
Stop Making Sense (1984)--best concert film of all time?
Stranger Than Paradise (1984)--great/charming and more
The 400 Blows (1959)--favorite
The Philadelphia Story (1940)
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1968)
The Searchers (1956)
The Secret in Their Eyes (2009, El Secreto de Sus Ojos)
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
The Trip  (2010)
Three Colours: BLUE(1993), Three Colours: WHITE (1993), Three Colours: RED(1994)--excellent
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
Toni Erdmann (2016)--favorite         

Top Hat (1935)
Toyko Story (1953)
Two Days, One Night (2014)--excellent
Under the Skin (2014)
Vertigo (1958)
Wait Until Dark (1967)
What’s Up Doc? (1972)
Wild Strawberries (1959)
Winter’s Bone (2010)


Check out this riveting performance by LP (Laura Pergolizzi): Lost on You or Robyn's Honey

And/or see my Spotify playlist Songs on 2018 Playlist:

5 Dollars/Christine and the Queens
About You/G Flip
Addictions/Lucy Dacus
Anthem (To Human Justice)/Logan Richardson
APESHIT/The Carters
Bad Bad News/Leon Bridges
Bad Mind/Erin Rae
Believe/Amen Dunes
Black Sheep/MILCK
Body to Flame/Lucy Dacus
The Bug Collector/Haley Heynderickx
Come Over/The Internet
Curious/Hayley Kiyoko
Doctor Atomic, Act I, Scene 3/John Adams
Drowning Man/Eric Church
Everybody Wants to Be Famous/Superorganism
Foundation/Public Practice
Gold Purple Orange/Jean Grae, Quelle Chris
Gold Rush/Death Cab for Cutie
Hangout at the Gallows/Father John Misty
Historia de un Amor/Tonina
Historians/Lucy Dacus
I Dance Like This/David Byrne
It Makes You Forget (ltgehane)/Peggy Gou
Jeannie Becomes a Mom/Caroline Rose
King’s Dead/Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar
Last Lion of Albion/Neko Case
Leave It Alone/Amanda Shires
Liquid Days/David Byrne, Philip Glass
Little Death/The Beths
Love It If We Made It/The 1975
Make Me Feel/Janelle Monáe
May Your Kindness Remain/Courtney Marie Andrews
Me & My Dog/Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, Lucy Dacus (Boygenius)
MJ/Now, Now
Mo Light/47 Soul
MOOO!/Doja Cat
Music Is Worth Living For/Andrew W.K.
My Friend the Forest/Nils Frahm
My Mind I Find in Time/Mary Halverson
My My My!/Troye Sivan
Need a Little Time/Courtney Barnett
Next of Kin/Lucy Dacus
Nina Cried Power/Hozier, feat. Mavis Staples
Noid/Yves Tumor
Nonbeliever/Lucy Dacus
Once in My Life/The Decemberists
The One/Jorja Smith
Pillar of Truth/Lucy Dacus
She Remembers Everything/Rosanne Cash
The Shell/Lucy Dacus
Short Court Style/Natalie Prass
Show Us the Way/Kamasi Washington
SICKO MODE/Travis Scott
Slow Burn/Kacey Musgraves
Space Cowboy/Kacey Musgraves
This Is America/Childish Gambino
Thread/David Bazan
Timefighter/Lucy Dacus
Venice Bitch/Lana Del Rey
When We Are/Nubya Garcia
White Flowers/Tom Demac
Wide Awake/Parquet Courts
Widerstehe doch der Sunde, BWV 54/J.S. Bach
You Worry Me/Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats
Your Dog/Soccer Mommy
Yours & Mine/Lucy Dacus
6 Summers/Anderson .Paak
Bite the Hand/Boygenius
Work It/Marie Davidson
The Station/Oneohtrix Point Never
Symmetry/Wye Oak
I Shall Love 2 /Julia Holter
Nont For Sale/Sudan Archives
Look Alive/BlocBoy JB feat. Drake
Boo’d Up/Ella Mai
Ella Quiere Beber-remix/Anuel Aa, Romeo Santos
I Wanna Be Your Girlfriend/girl in red
Salt in the Wound/Boygenius
Still Clean/Soccer Mommy
Baby Forgive Me/Robyn
Between the Lines/Robyn
Ever Again/Robyn
Dead to Me/Kali Uchis 
Killer/Kali Uchis
How Simple/Hop Along
Prior Things/Hop Along
The Great Refusal/Colin Self
Less Than Thou/The Beths

Some  songs from 2017—when title of song is followed by title of album, that suggests that the whole album may be especially notable (see work-in-progress Spotify list for spflores7, “2017 songs”:

Big Thief, "Mary"--Capacity
Charly Bliss, “Glitter”
Cardi B, “Bodak Yellow”
Now, Now “SGL”
Lil Uzi Vert, “XO Tour Llif3”—Luv Is Rage 2
SZA, “The Weekend”--CTRL
Charli XCX, “Boys” [lightweight]
Perfume Genius, “Slip Away”—No Shape
Kendrick Lamar, “Love. Feat. Zacari.”--DAMN
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, “If We Were Vampires”—The Nashville Sound
Vince Staples, “BagBak”—Big Fish Theory
Fever Ray, “To the Moon and Back”--Plunge
Muna, “I Know a Place”
(Sandy) Alex G, “Bobby”
Danish String Quartet, “Æ Rømeser” from Last Leaf
Jay Som, “The Bus Song”—Everybody Works
Ibeyi. Feat. Kamasi Washington, “Deathless”
Aldous Harding, “Imagining My Man”--Party
Valerie June, “Astral Plane”
Harry Styles, “Sign of the Times”
Paramore, “Rose-Colored Boy” –After Laughter
Alvvays, “Plimsoll Punks”--Antisocialites
Feist, “Any Party”
yaeji, “raingurl”
Cam, “Diane”
Phoebe Bridges, “Motion Sickness”
Margo Price, “All American Made”
Downtown Boys, “A Wall”
Sylvan Esso, “Die Young”—What Now
Japanese Breakfast, “Road Head”
Rodney Crowell, “I Don’t Care Anymore”
Broken Social Scene, “Stay Happy”
St. Vincent, “New York”
6LACK, “That Far”
King Krule, “Dum Surfer”
Kingdom, “Nurtureworld”
Joan Shelley, “I Got What I Wanted”
La Santa Cecilia, “Leña de Pirul”—Amar Y Vivir
Vagabon, “Fear & Force”
Hundred Waters, “Particle”
Jorja Smith, Preditah, “On My Mind”
Anna Tivel, “Alleyway”
Luke Combs, “Hurricane”
Mark Guiliana Jazz Quartet, “inter-are”
Objekt, “Needle and Thread”
Laura Marling, “Wild Fire”
Overcoats, “23”
Future, “Mask Off”
Jonas Kaufmann, “Pourquoi me reveiller …” from Werther, Acte III
Selena Gomez, “Bad Liar”
Little Big Town, “Lost in California”
Diet Cig, “Barf Day”
Gracie and Rachel, “Only a Child”
Gabriel Garzón-Montano, "Sour Mango"
Julien Baker, “Appointments”
Anne Akiko Meyers, “Fantasia” (on her 1741 Guarneri del Gesù violin) composed by Einojuhani Rautavaara
Benjamin Clementine, “Phantom of Aleppoville”
Bicep, “Aura”
KH, “Question”
Ambrose Akinmusire, “Maurice & Michael (sorry I didn’t say hello)-Live
Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah feat. Elena Pinderhughes
Priests, “Nothing Feels Natural”—Nothing Feels Natural
Jaimie Branch, “Theme 001”—Fly or Die
Mr. Mitch, “Lost Touch (feat. Duval Timothy)”—Devout
The War on Drugs, “Up All Night”—A Deeper Understanding
The National, “Nobody Else Will Be There”—Sleep Well Beast
Torres, Three Futures (whole album)
Open Mike Eagle, Brick Body Kids Still Daydream (whole album)
Ron Miles, “Is There Room in Your Heart for a Man Like Me”—I Am a Man
Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir,  Moorland Elegies (Kõrvits)
Joan Shelley, “We’d Be Home”--album: Joan Shelley
Thundercat, “Them Changes”
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, “An Intention”—The Kid
Midland, “Lonely for You Only”—On the Rocks
Waxahatchee, “Never Been Wrong”—Out in the Storm
Priests, “Suck”
Oumou Sangaré, “Fadjamou”--Mogoya

Examples of songs from 2016:

Lucy Dacus, "I Don't Wanna Be Funny Anymore"
Mitski, "Your Best American Girl"—
Britney Spears, "Clumsy"
Robert Ellis, “California”
Angel Olsen, “Sister”
Lindstrøm, “Closing Shot”
Riton (feat. Kah-Lo), “Rinse & Repeat”
Shura, “What’s It Gonna Be?”
Lake Street Dive, “Call Off Your Dogs”
Angelica Garcia, “Orange Flower”
Angela Hunte, “Mon Bon Ami”
Heron Oblivion, “Beneath Fields”
Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band, “High Castle Rock”
Saintseneca, “Sleeper Hold”
CHVRCHES, “Clearest Blue”
Aurora, “Running With The Wolves”
Frank Turner, “Get Better”
Bully, “Milkman”
EL VY, “Return To The Moon (Political S…)
Lianne La Havas, “What You Don’t Do”
The Staves, “No Me, No You, No More”
The Weepies, “Sirens”
Torres, “Strange Hellos”
And The Kids, “All Day All Night”
Patty Griffin, “Made of the Sun”
SOAK, “Sea Creatures”
Beach House, “Wildflower”
Kendrick Lamar, “King Kunta”
Elle King, “Ex’s & Oh’s”
Liza Anne, “Lost”
Low, “No Compromise”
Laura Stevenson, “Torch Song”
Angel Olsen, “Shut Up Kiss Me”
School of Seven Bells, “Open Your Eyes”
Bibi  Bourelly, “Sally”
Lower Dens, “To Die in L.A.”

And continuing favorites:

Natalie Prass/Natalie Prass
Colleen/Captain of None
Grimes/Art Angels
Girlpool/Before the World Was Big
Jamie xx/In Colour
Carly Rae Jepsen/Emotion
The Internet/Ego Death

Talking Heads
The Shins
The New Pornographers
Imogen Heap
DJ Tiesto (Oakenfold's Southern Sun)

Alabama Shakes
Animal Collective
Arctic Monkeys


Cut Copy

Lady Gaga

FKA twigs
Daft Punk
Fountains of Wayne
Gianluca Motta (Not Alone, Deadmaus5 Remix feat. Molly)


Now Now

Patrick Watson

Radiohead (The King of Limbs)
Robyn (wonderful, esp. album Body Talk and also Honey)
Regina Spektor

Sufjan Stevens-Age of Adz

The Avalanches (their debut album, Since I Left You, is fantastic)


Wye Oak (great, esp. album Civilian)
The xx
Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Girl Talk's (mashup artist Gregg Gillis's) album Feed the Animals



The New Yorker Fiction (contemporary writers read favorite pieces published by other writers in The New Yorker , then discuss briefly with fiction editor)

The Tobolowsky Files (character actor Stephen Tobolowsky's wonderful stories about "life, love, and the entertainment industry")

Please Save Me (comic recap of weekly episodes of the fictional TV show Chicago Heroes--written and produced by my son Ben!)

The Dollop (comic retelling of figures/events in U.S. history)

NPR: Live Concerts

KEXP Song of the Day

PRI: Selected Shorts

Coffee Break Spanish (delightful way to learn/review)

Coffee Break French

Moby Dick-The Big Read

KCRW's The Document (our son Ben wrote an upcoming segment--a faux interview with Werner Herzog)


Online Radio: Tune In Radio--KING FM Opera, Operavore, Swissradio Opera

KUOI 89.3! (I did a stint with my then 13 yr. old son Ben as a KUOI DJ with a weekly 3 hr. radio show one summer many years ago)


Boardgames to check out: 7 Wonders Game; Ticket to Ride Europe