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Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I have been reading through the archives a lot lately and really enjoyed reading through the responses on Board Question #53980 and would love to hear the current writers' responses to something similar.

So:
1. Top 3 Books
2. Top 3 Movies
3. Top 3 Songs
You think everyone should be exposed to in their lifetime. You are not limited to three and please explain why you chose them. Also not necessarily your favorites, but preferably ones that have been influential in changing your life or way of thinking.


- Mine were here

A:

Dear how can you have 12 top 3 songs?

I feel woefully unprepared to answer this almost loaded question when my exposure to literature has been severely limited and my tastes in music and film are still developing. So, without any adieu whatsoever, here are my choices:

Books:

  1. First Folio of William Shakespeare - regardless of who actually wrote this stuff, it is brilliant and absolutely beautiful.
  2. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank - explores themes of suffering and identity while also covering a critical part of world history.
  3. The Book of Mormon - I feel like to not include this would be squandering a great missionary opportunity.

Movies:

  1. Casablanca - It is classic and iconic, and deservedly so. 
  2. 12 Angry Men - Incredibly fascinating; I saw this for the first time a few months ago and haven't been able to stop thinking about it.
  3. The Lord of the Rings - Yes, it is really one long movie and deserves to be seen by everyone.

Songs:

  1. "Hey Jude" by The Beatles - simple, catchy and fun.
  2. "Sigh No More" by Mumford and Sons - just listen to the lyrics as Marcus (with the help of Bill Shakespeare) explains what real love should feel like.
  3. "The Luckiest" by Ben Folds - another love song, but the world will need a pick-me-up after some of my heavier films and books.

You are most welcome. And apologies, hypothetical population of the world, if you don't care for my choices. 

-Art Vandelay

A:

Dear werf-who-has-no-name,

In no particular order,

Books:

  1. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury - Everyone in the world should read this book.  And they should read it outside of 9th grade English class so that they can realize that this is where our society is heading if we're not careful.  As Bradbury himself states, "There is more than one way to burn a book. And the world is full of people running around with lit matches."
  2. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak - The novel takes place in WW2 Germany and is narrated by death. It's great.
  3. Maus by Art Spiegelman - This is technically a graphic novel, but before you start criticizing the medium, read the series, because it is amazing.  Also another WW2 novel.

Movies:

  1. Some Kind of Wonderful - Hello, my 'nym isn't Watts for nothing.
  2. American Beauty - The way that this movie is shot is beautiful, and the acting and writing are equally superb.
  3. The Brother's Bloom - Everyone should see this movie.  It is weird, quirky, and awesome.

Songs:

  1. "Numb" - Airborne Toxic Event
  2. "Where is My Mind" - The Pixies
  3. "Starlight" - Muse

There you have it!

-Watts.

A:

Dear Here,

I was excited to see you list Brave New World!  I'll also have to check out Super 8 soon, I hate when good movies fly under my radar.

Books:

  1. The Alchemist - Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
  2. How To Win Friends and Influence People - Be hearty in your approbation and lavish in your praise.
  3. Go, Dog. Go! - The blue dog is in.  The red dog is out.

Movies:

  1. The Shawshank Redemption - Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things.
  2. Star Wars - These aren't the droids you're looking for.
  3. Inception - You're waiting for a train, a train that will take you far away.

Songs:

  1. "By The Way" by The Red Hot Chili Peppers - Standing in line to see the show tonight and there's a light on, heavy glow....stuck in your head now.
  2. "Blue and Yellow" by The Used - I have no idea what this song is about, I just sing along with the vowels.
  3. "The Lark Ascending" by Ralph Vaughan Williams - Masterpiece.

-Phaedrus