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

Austen, Jane. Emma; Mansfield Park, Persuasion, . . .
Barry, Sebastian. The Secret Scripture (2008)
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 . . .
Edgeworth, Maria. Belinda (1801)
Eliot, George. Middlemarch (1871-72)
Gaskell, Elizabeth. North and South (1854-55)
Ishiguro, Kazuo. The Remains of the Day (1989)
Irving, John. A Prayer for Owen Meany
James, Henry. The Portrait of a Lady . . . (1881 . . . 1908)
Proulx, E. Annie. The Shipping News (1993)
Rachman, Tom. The Imperfectionists (2010)
Richardson, Samuel. Clarissa; Or, the History of a Young Lady (1747-48)
Robinson, Marilyn. Housekeeping (1980)
Wharton, Edith. The House of Mirth (1905)

Films and TV too:
The Wire (best show in history of television)
The (BBC) Office and The Office Special  

Buffy The Vampire Slayer

Freaks and Geeks
Breaking Bad (incredible)
Leave It to Beaver, Dick Van Dyke Show, Mary Tyler Moore Show, Taxi, and so on (many excellent to very good shows that stretch back ) ...

Films (most dates accurate):

8 1⁄2 (1963, including excellent commentary in Criterion collection release)       
Annie Hall (1977)
Breaking Away (1979)
Bullitt (1968)
Casablanca (1942)
L'Eclisse (1962)
Fargo (1996)
Fresh (1994)
Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)   
Her (2013)  
Holiday (1938)
In the Heat of the Night (1967)
Kill Bill: Vols. 1 and 2 (2003/2004)
Manhattan (1979)
My Dinner With Andre (1981)
North by Northwest (1959)        
Persona (1967)            
Pulp Fiction (1994)      
Rear Window (1954)  
Roman Holiday (1953)   
Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
Stop Making Sense (1984)    
The 400 Blows (1959, Les Quatre cents coups, including excellent Criterion Collection critic's commentary)
Three Colours: BLUE(1993), Three Colours: WHITE (1993), Three Colours: RED(1994)
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)             
Top Hat (1935)
12 Angry Men (1957, see also 1997 remake, plus "12", a fascinating 2007 Russian version)
Wait Until Dark (1967)


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


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

Now Now

Patrick Watson
Robyn (wonderful, esp. album Body Talk)
Regina Spektor

Sufjan Stevens-Age of Adz

The Avalanches

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



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"

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


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