Here are some of my favorite books, films, and music. See links 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)
Ishiguro, Kazuo. The Remains of the Day (1989)
Irving, John. A Prayer for Owen Meany
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 (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 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).

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 (BBC) Office and The Office Special  

Buffy The Vampire Slayer

Freaks and Geeks

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

Patriot (amazon prime)

Fleabag (amazon prime)

Glow (Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling)
Leave It to Beaver, Dick Van Dyke Show and so on (many excellent to very good shows that stretch back ) recent/current series: The Protectors (excellent), The Americans (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 (now watching Season 3), Dicte, Salamander, The Bletchley Circle, Top of the Lake, Jack Taylor, Happy Valley, Annika Bengtzon, The Code (excellent), The Fall, Marcella, Wentworth, Marvel's Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and The Defenders, The Strain

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.

Films (most dates accurate)

’71 (2014)
8½ (1963)
12 Angry Men (1957, also 1997 remake, plus "12", a 2007 Russian version)
Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974)
Alice in the Cities (1974)

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)
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)
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
My Cousin Vinny (1992)
My Dinner With Andre (1981)
Nights of Cabiria
North by Northwest (1959)
Notorious (1946)      
Now, Voyager (1942)
Paris, Texas (1984)
Persona (1967)           
Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (1987)
Police, adjective (2009, Romanian)

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)
Stranger Than Paradise (1984)  
The 400 Blows (1959)
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)
Stranger Than Paradise
The Trip  (2010)
Three Colours: BLUE(1993), Three Colours: WHITE (1993), Three Colours: RED(1994)
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
Toni Erdmann (2016)            

Top Hat (1935)
Toyko Story (1953)
Two Days, One Night (2014)--on Netflix
Under the Skin (2014)

Vertigo (1958)
Wait Until Dark (1967)
What’s Up Doc? (1972)
Wild Strawberries (1959)
Winter’s Bone (2010)


Some 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)
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



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