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One Book, One Album, One Movie for that Deserted Island




And you?

I’m also on Poetry Thursday today.


  1. V-Grrrl

    Top 500 Poems edited by William Harmon (though Robinson Crusoe would make more sense)

    Neil Young “Decade”

    Bridget Jones Diary

  2. rach

    Congrats on the Poetry Thursday, saw your cheeky little pic on the site. Looking forward to profound words of wisdom Neilochka.

    Book: The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho
    Album: The whole of my iPod,how can I choose just one album
    Movie: The Wedding Date with Debra Messing. Ultimate chick flick

  3. better safe than sorry

    lol, did you pick tootsie because of the comment that you resembled dustin?

    pride and prejudice
    justin timberland, futuresex/lovesounds
    the wrong guy

  4. Jazz

    Book: Dostoyevsky – The Brothers Karamzov

    Album: Marillion – Marbles

    Movie: Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner

  5. Sizzle


    i love you more now.

  6. Dagny

    Book: As I Lay Dying by Faulkner

    Album: Sting’s “Dream of the Blue Turtle”

    Movie: Rebecca

  7. Finn

    Book: A poetry anthology of some sort. More nuance there.

    Album: I can’t just bring my iPod?

    Movie: I love Tootsie too. Or maybe Steel Magnolias… Torch Song Trilogy? Oh hell!

  8. paperback writer

    The Stand – by Stephen King
    Rubber Soul – The Beatles
    The Empire Strikes Back

  9. Elisabeth

    Book: Proust’s In Search of Lost Time, several volumes, lots of good reading.

    Album: I’d have to draw lots between Elvis Costello’s Armed Forces, The Clash’s London Calling, or The Talking Heads’ Remain in Light. But, in fact, I would bring my i-Pod.

    Film: Again, toss-up between Cédric Klapisch’s Un Air de Famille and Christopher Guest’s Waiting for Guffman (1996 seems to be my year for movies!)

  10. Bre

    Ulysses (James Joyce), Top of the World Live (the Dixie Chicks), and Say Anything (John Cusack!!)

  11. Churlita

    Book: Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinsin

    Album: Garden State Soundtrack

    Movie: Fight Club

  12. Dana

    Cruel question, Neil. Are you trying to make our brains explode?

    Book: “Compact Edition” of the Oxford English Dictionary. I am taking BOTH volumes, not just part of the alphabet.

    Album: “Traveller’s Prayer” by John Renbourn

    Movie: The Princess Bride

    But those are only today’s answers.

  13. whoorl

    The Witching Hour – Anne Rice
    Grace – Jeff Buckley
    It’s a toss up between Clash of The Titans and Mr. Mom

  14. Kyra

    Hmmm – do we get sunblock too?

    Book: Breath of Magic
    Album: All the right reasons; Nickleback
    Movie: Practical Magic

    (these were tough, I read about a book every day or two, adore movies, and always listen to music… looks more like prison than an island at this point.)

  15. Not Faint Hearted

    hmmm. Today it might be:
    book: Mists of Avalon Marion Zimmer Bradley
    album: Bach Brandenburg Concerti
    movie: Cinema Paradisio

  16. Bryna

    Glass Castles; A Memoir by Jeannette Walls

    Les Miserables Soundtrack (or if we are bringing iPods, I’m going that route… but I think that’s cheating)


  17. Non-Highlighted Heather

    In this moment:

    Book: Jane Eyre
    Music: Axis: Bold As Love, Jimi Hendrix
    Film: Annie Hall

  18. Non-Highlighted Heather

    Or it could be…

    Book: David Copperfield
    Music: Regatta de Blanc, The Police
    Film: An Affair to Remember

  19. kapgar

    My post is coming tomorrow.

  20. Pearl

    Book: Night by Elie Wiesel
    Album: Best of Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong
    Film: Room Service (1938; Marx Bros.)

  21. Neil

    I find it amusing that I immediately clicked on Bryna’s site. Spaceballs — WTF?!

    Whoorl – I will so watch “Clash of the Titans” with you. One of my faves too!

  22. littlepurplecow

    Book: Living Out Loud by Keri Smith
    Album: Earth Wind & Fire: Greatest Hits
    Movie: Four Weddings and a Funeral

  23. CiCi

    Book – Dune (Frank Hebert)or an Omnibus edition of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum novels
    Album – Depeche Mode Singles 85-95, Duran Duran Greatest, or Miles Davis Kind of Blue
    Movie – Star Wars or Real Genius

  24. laurie

    Book: Gone With The Wind
    CD: XTC Skylarking … no, no. The soundtrack to “Leaving Las Vegas”
    Movie: “The Secret” … so I could either get off the island or get Antonio Banderas to show up.

  25. wendy

    book:to kill a mockingbird, handmaids tale
    cd: born to run…bruce
    movie: wings of desire, harold and maude or love actually.

    i am a big cheater…sue me!

  26. molly

    Book: Gilead, by Marilynne Robinson. Or, the entire Trixie Belden series
    Album: Exile in Guyville, Liz Phair
    Movie: Manhattan

  27. molly

    …or Working Girl. Sigh…

  28. mckay

    book: how to build a wooden boat by d. mcinthosh

    music: sailing by christopher cross

    movie: cast away w/ tom hanks

  29. Mrs Mogul

    I don’t have a DVD player!

    I haven’t read a book in two years!

    Music? What’s that?

    I did watch the BRady Bunch movie this weekend!

  30. Laurel

    Wow. Today’s choices are:
    Book: Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast
    Album: Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living In Paris
    Movie: The Women (1939)

  31. Two Roads

    Book: The Count of Monte Cristo – Dumas
    Album – Santana – Supernatural
    Movie – The Last of the Mohicans

  32. Non-Highlighted Heather

    Ha, McKay.

  33. danielle

    love your choices!



  34. Caron

    e.e.cummings – collected poems

    Deep Seven – Rapid Serv

    Death to Smoochie

  35. gorillabuns

    pride and prejudice

    grace-jeff buckley

    La Belle et la b̻te РJean Cocteau

  36. Lord Chimmy

    First of all, shame on you Neil. It is deserted island…not desert island.

    Book- Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
    Album- Message in a bottle by The Police
    Movie- Castaway

  37. Marilyn

    * The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver
    * Hard to beat Innervisions
    * Albert Brooks’ “Lost in America”

  38. tamarika

    Book: The Invitation
    Album: Love – the Beatles
    Movie: Two for the Road – Hepburn & Finney

  39. Neil

    Mr. Mogul — buy Mrs. Mogul a DVD player!

    Tamarika — I’ve seen Two for the Road — they fight for 3/4 of the movie!

    Lord Chimmy — Ugh, I changed it. Thank you.

  40. teahouseblossom

    I love Tootsie!

    Book: Pride and Prejudice
    Item: My toothbrush
    Movie: The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)

  41. teahouseblossom

    Woops. Sorry, it was “album,” not “item.” My bad.

    My album would be: Jean-Yves Thibaudet plays the Ravel Piano concertos.

    Sigh. I feel like search a nerd.

  42. teahouseblossom

    Woops. Sorry, it was “album,” not “item.” My bad.

    My album would be: Jean-Yves Thibaudet plays the Ravel Piano concertos.

    Sigh. I feel like such a nerd.

  43. Malnurtured Snay

    Couldn’t I just have one book STORE, one video STORE and one music STORE instead?

  44. You can call me, 'Sir'

    ‘Infinite Jest’-David Foster Wallace
    ‘Kind of Blue’-Miles Davis
    ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’

    Thanks for asking!

  45. Roberta

    The Princess Bride — William Goldman
    Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris — (oh, but which version?)
    Pride and Prejudice — the A&E version

    But goodness knows I’d regret this, or any choice I’d be limited to!

  46. Neil

    Malnurtured — it’s a deserted island, not the Sherman Oaks Galleria.

  47. N

    Book: “How to signal passing ships”
    Album: “Movie Adagios”
    Movie: “Castaway”

    I may be a cynic here, but the less time I spend on this island, the better… unless my inlaws are in town. The “movie adagios” would be great to listen to while watching the waves, but the book and film would be resource material for getting off the island (so that I could get back to the Sherman Oaks Galleria and get some real books, movies and music).

    I’ve totally killed the jist of the question, haven’t I?

  48. mmariem3

    Nice article on the Poetry Thursday site. I don’t think you are alone about commenting on artistic expression mainly because expression is often personal. One way to comments is if what you see, hear, read has a personal meaning for you.

    Book: Count of Mounte Cristo or maybe Harry Potter
    Music: MP3 Player (if I have a DVD player to see the movie – I can bring my MP3- right?)
    Movie: The Thin Man series(anyone of them if I had to choose)

  49. Jody

    Good Omens – Neil Gaiman
    Any Where But Here – The Ataris
    My Best Friend is a Vampire – (I do love the 80’s and all the cheese it comes with)

  50. MsMamma

    Hey thanks for noticing my sequence was out of order, much better now!

    Book: Catcher in the Rye

    Music: The Queen is Dead – The Smiths

    Movie- Excalibur

  51. Blitz Krieg

    book: The Frontiersmen
    music: The Lamb Lies Down on Braodway
    movie: Dire Straits: On the Night

  52. Neil

    I have to catch up on some of these interesting choices!

  53. pam

    I have no idea what my three are, but you know what? I LOVE that Stevie Wonder album. I think I’ll go play it right now. Thanks for reminding me of it.

  54. miriam

    1. Book–Middlemarch–I love it, and it will last until I’m rescued or dead.
    2. Album: The trout by Schubert, or something long and noisy by Berlioz;
    3. Movie: My Fair Lady.

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