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Boone Spaulding from Coldwater, Michigan, U.S.A. is reading Solarcide Presents: Nova Parade October 28, 2012 - 9:27pm

Stephen King's 10 Best Novels

This list is ranked as my estimation of King's best, in order:


#1. The Stand
#2. The Shining
#3. Pet Sematary
#4. The Dead Zone
#5. Misery
#6. Dolores Claiborne
#7. The Green Mile
#8. Carrie
#9. 'Salem's Lot
#10. It

I do believe King's best writing was from the mid-to-late-1970s. This includes Pet Sematary, which was written circa 1978 but not published until early 1980s

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Boone Spaulding from Coldwater, Michigan, U.S.A. is reading Solarcide Presents: Nova Parade October 28, 2012 - 9:40pm

9 Classic Instances of Animal Snuff for Kids [plus one from Boone Spaulding]


from Inventory: 16 Films Featuring Manic Pixie Dream Girls, 10 Great Songs Nearly Ruined By Saxophone, and 100 More Obsessively Specific Pop-culture Lists by The Onion's A.V. Club


1. The Red Pony (John Steinbeck, 1933) - Where does the tradition of heart-rending children's classics in which a central character spends an entire book caring for and loving a very special animal, only to have it die in the end, usually granting life lessons, hard-won maturity, and heavy-duty pathos come from? Possibly from John Steinbeck's seminal, semi-autobiographical classic The Red Pony, in which a boy's beloved and highly symbolic pony loses a gruesome, graphic battle with illness. Like every other title on this list (but one), this depressing classic book later became a depressing classic movie.


2. Old Yeller (Fred Gipson, 1956) - About the only popular-entertainment-related childhood that can compete with the death of Bambi's mom is the death of Old Yeller, a brave farm dog who redeems himself for bad behavior by saving his master's life. As a reward, he gets a bullet to the head from his owner, who manfully saves Old Yeller from hydrophobia the only way he can. Fortunately, Old Yeller had a sequel - er, a son - to carry on the family tradition.


3. The Yearling (Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, 1938) - An earlier example of gritty miserabilism in which a young farm boy saves a cherished animal companion from pain by killing it himself, The Yearling is a bit unusual in that it's about a domesticated deer rather than a more traditional pet. The hero, Jody, adopts the deer as a fawn after his family slaughters its mother; he raises it to adulthood, whereupon he has to shoot it. It's like Bambi all over again, only Bambi and his mom both bite it in this version.


4. Ring of Bright Water (Gavin Maxwell, 1960) - In Gavin Maxwell's real-life-inspired book Ring of Bright Water, a stodgy Brit buys a pet otter, and finds that its fun-loving, insatiably curious nature livens up his life. The 1969 MGM film adaptation is sweet, low-key, almost naturalistic magic, right up to the point where a Scots road-worker offhandedly bludgeons the otter to death, and is then astonished at the horror of the woman who was taking it for a stroll. "It was only an otter!" he protests, not that the millions of shrieking children in the theaters likely heard him.


5. Julie of the Wolves (Jean Craighead George, 1972) - The only one of these books to feature a female protagonist, and - hmmm - the only one that hasn't been made into a film, Jean Craighead George's best-loved novel wriggles out of the mold a bit, in that the adored animals here aren't pets; they're wild wolves that adopt the eponymous Julie and enable her to survive after her home life turns spectacularly sour. But their freedom doesn't let them escape the animal snuff pattern: They die, and Julie winds up accepting the tragic ways of the world, and going home to their killer. Two sequels continued Julie's story for anyone whose heart didn't break with the first installment.


6. J.T. (Jane Wagner, 1969) - A poor boy coming of age in the Harlem ghetto comes back from the brink of apathetic criminality and finds self-worth in caring for something outside himself: a battered, one-eyed, scrawny old alley cat. Then he finds out how the world really works when some local kids who hate him make a point of tormenting the cat, and while trying to escape, it gets run over. Fortunately, in the way of uplifting children's stories about dead animals everywhere, J.T. is rewarded with a cute kitten, and the cycle of life continues.


7. Where the Red Fern Grows (Wilson Rawls, 1961) - Where the Red Fern Grows yanks extra-hard on the heartstrings, with not one but two loyal, beloved hounds dying at the end - one to save his master, the other out of grief for the first. Like so many of these books, it's a beautiful but anguished paean to love, devotion, and sacrifice, with a lengthy buildup in which the book's boy protagonist works his ass off for two years to buy the dogs - a pair of purebred coon hounds - and spends much of the rest of the book thoroughly enjoying his childhood with them. Then that childhood comes to an end with their deaths, which simultaneously save his life and let his family achieve a long-held dream. Yay?


8. Sounder (William H. Armstrong, 1970) - The dog companion of this classic about poor black Southern sharecroppers isn't as much the central focus as the animals in most of these books, in part because he gets shot early on while trying to protect his family, and he disappears for a good chunk of the story. But he get the title to himself, and his climactic death, peaceful and weirdly uplifting as it is, pretty much sums up the exhausting miseries his owners live in, and one of the few reliefs they can hope for.


9. Never Cry Wolf (Farley Mowat, 1963) - Wolves again, hunters again, the frozen arctic again...It's like Julie of the Wolves II, except with an adult white-guy hero instead of a teenaged Eskimo heroine. Oh, and this one came first. The gorgeous film version was directed by Carroll Ballard, who started his career with The Black Stallion and went on to helm Fly Away Home and Duma. In those stories, the people rather than the animals die sorry deaths to impart powerful symbolism, possibly indicating that authors have lightened up a little on the animal snuff in the last couple of decades. Or maybe just that the time is ripe for this decade's great animal-death novel.

10. [Your Own Story Here] - very likely, you read at least one of these books. You dreamed or day-dreamed then of the death of your own dog, or horse, or cat, or whatever-you-had. That classic nightmare is #10. Least favorite animal snuff story of all time...

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Dino Parenti from Los Angeles is reading Everything He Gets His Hands On October 28, 2012 - 9:40pm

No Dark Tower books?

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Boone Spaulding from Coldwater, Michigan, U.S.A. is reading Solarcide Presents: Nova Parade October 28, 2012 - 9:44pm

10 Best Stephen King Short Stories

Not ranked according to best:

"One For The Road" from Night Shift (supernatural horror)
"I Am The Doorway" from Night Shift (sci-fi / horror)
"Survivor Type" from Skeleton Crew (realistic horror)
"The Jaunt" from Skeleton Crew (sci-fi / horror)
"The Body" from Different Seasons (realistic, not horror)
"Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption" from Different Seasons (realistic, not horror)
"Apt Pupil" from Different Seasons (realistic horror)
"The End Of The Whole Mess" from Nightmares and Dreamscapes (sci-fi / horror)
"The Man In The Black Suit" from Everything's Eventual (supernatural horror)
"1408" from Everything's Eventual (supernatural horror)

 

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Boone Spaulding from Coldwater, Michigan, U.S.A. is reading Solarcide Presents: Nova Parade October 28, 2012 - 9:50pm

@ Dino: Nope. Too much, too big - series is incredible. 

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Amcii Cullum from Columbia, SC; now living in Atlanta, GA is reading currently, several source materials for JavaScript and JQuery October 28, 2012 - 10:06pm

The Top Ten Things I Love to Hate

  1. Facebook: I know it's all popular and you can use your Facebook account to login easily to just about every site these days and capture any moment of anything you view on the web to keep archived as a 'like' or post, the superficial nature of the so-called friends and discussions/posts people make invokes an uneasiness in me of which I can only hope I am not alone. Not to mention that it is primarily a dating/pick-up site for too many lonely people, as well as a gaming addicts wet dream.
  2. Walmart crowds and checkout lines: This is the best place to go if you want to play bumper carts with people in hair rollers and bedroom slippers for hours of your day only to end the experience looking at a row of 100 checkout lines and find about two open.
  3. Dick Cheney: I don't believe any further explanation is necessary.
  4. mean people: yes, I'm talking about everyone including myself some days, and, yes, you have to love to hate this when it happens
  5. Mitt Romney's smile: I like to believe my intuition about people is pretty good, at least four out of five times, but this is just my perception...Romney's smile creeps the fuck out of me! If you catch him in enough of his lies, maybe you can begin to get an edge into why this stir begins. I don't disdain the man, but that smile, those teeth...I get the same sensation seeing them as I do when watching a Japanese Horror movie.
  6. Sex Offenders: okay, enough said--let's talk about something else
  7. Pyramid Schemes: Seriously people!
  8. wasted Tweets on people's eating habits et al.: I know Twitter is multithreaded and has infinite capacity but IMO  there should be a spam box for useless information.
  9. Unethical behavior by Big Business/Corporate America: government hand-outs used on first-class flight manicures and orgies, outsourcing, insourcing, paying Americans good money for tending to jobs that merely push the underhanded agenda that enables people with so little to pay so much (or, rather, in most cases, spend too much due to marketing and the guise of need for 'things')
  10. My own personal tirade: I cannot leave this one out. I cannot help but wonder how many people will read this and say, "what the hell,?" I simply felt it had to be said and this was the best place to do it. All apologies to any offense taken by anyone.
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Boone Spaulding from Coldwater, Michigan, U.S.A. is reading Solarcide Presents: Nova Parade October 28, 2012 - 10:15pm

10 Favorite Published Joe Hill Stories or Novels

#10 - Heart-Shaped Box

#9 - "The Cape"

#8 - "Throttle" (with Stephen King)

#7 - "Dead-Wood"

#6 - "In The Rundown"

#5 - "Bobby Conroy Comes Back from the Dead"

#4 - "Abraham's Boys"

#3 - "Best New Horror"

#2 - "Voluntary Committal"

#1 - Horns

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Amcii Cullum from Columbia, SC; now living in Atlanta, GA is reading currently, several source materials for JavaScript and JQuery October 28, 2012 - 10:13pm

Thank you for mentioning Joe Hill. Horns is absolutely awesome!

 

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Boone Spaulding from Coldwater, Michigan, U.S.A. is reading Solarcide Presents: Nova Parade October 28, 2012 - 10:17pm

^ Agreed. So excited about the movie starring Daniel Radcliffe...

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Dino Parenti from Los Angeles is reading Everything He Gets His Hands On October 28, 2012 - 10:39pm

Boone: SO glad you didn't leave out Survivor Type on King's shirt story list. It may be twenty years since I've read it, and I still think about it now and again. Lady fingers!

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Boone Spaulding from Coldwater, Michigan, U.S.A. is reading Solarcide Presents: Nova Parade October 28, 2012 - 10:46pm

Top Ten Favorite Digits on My Hands

#1 - Right thumb

#2 - Left thumb

#3 - Right index finger

#4 - Right middle finger

#5 - Left index finger

#6 - Left middle finger

#7 - Right ring finger

#8 - Left ring finger

#9 - Right pinky

#10 - Left pinky

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Boone Spaulding from Coldwater, Michigan, U.S.A. is reading Solarcide Presents: Nova Parade October 28, 2012 - 10:48pm

@ Dino - I do not understand why "Survivor Type" has not been made into a movie. 

It can be updated so that the protagonist is using his cel phone's digital video recorder instead of writing...

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Dino Parenti from Los Angeles is reading Everything He Gets His Hands On October 28, 2012 - 11:07pm

Right! They could do it like a found-footage type thing. Any idea if anyone owns the rights? I'd be willing to bet ig anyone does, it's Frank Darabont. 

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voodoo_em from England is reading All the books by Tana French! October 29, 2012 - 5:28am

Ten favorite Anti-heroes

1 Tender Branson (Survivor ~ novel by Chuck.P)

2 Travis Bickle (Taxi Driver)

3 Dexter Morgan (Dexter)

4 Ferris Bueller (Ferris Bueller's Day Off)

5 Sylar (Heroes)

6 William "D-Fens" Foster (Falling Down)

7 Edmund Blackadder (The Black Adder series)

8 Walter White (Breaking Bad)

9 Eric Cartman (South Park)

10 Gene Hunt (Life on Mars & Ashes to Ashes ~ UK version)

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voodoo_em from England is reading All the books by Tana French! October 29, 2012 - 5:31am

Top Ten bakery items mmmmmmm...

1 Coffee and Walnut cake

2 Black Forest Gateau

3 Doughnuts

4 Danish Pastries

5 Almond Slices

6 Lemon Curd Tarts

7 Flapjacks

8 Shortbread

9 Brownies

10 Lemon Drizzle cake

 

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bryanhowie from FW, ID is reading East of Eden. Steinbeck is FUCKING AMAZING. October 29, 2012 - 6:32am

First Top Ten stories by Famous Authors that I could find on the internet (not counting Solarcide)

1) In the Cemetery Where Al Jolson is Buried, Amy Hempel

2) A Study in Emerald, Neil Gaiman (opens as a .pdf)

3) Guts, by Chuck Palahniuk

4) A Good Man is Hard to Find, Flannery O'Conner

5) Midnight Raid, Brady Udall

6) Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been, Joyce Carol Oats

7) The Harvest, Amy Hempel

8) The Things They Carried, Tim O'Brien

9) Cathedral, by Raymond Carver

10) A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings: A Tale For Children, Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Bonus, because I found these, while looking for other stories by the author:

11) The Man From the South, by Roald Dahl

12) HARRISON BERGERON, by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr (I really wanted to find Welcome to the Monkey House, but I couldn't find it)

 

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Americantypo from Philadelphia is reading The Bone Clocks October 29, 2012 - 8:13am

Keep em coming people. Fun lists. Three copies to give out and they get special little prizes as well from me.

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Courtney from the Midwest is reading Monkey: A Journey to the West and a thousand college textbooks October 29, 2012 - 11:50am

three stories that made me cry like a baby when I listened to them in audibook format

  1. Diary of Eve by Mark Twain
  2. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  3. 2 B R 0 2 B by Kurt Vonnegut

three books that made me think suicide may not be such a bad option after all

  1. Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs
  2. Dry by Augusten Burroughs
  3. The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Euginides

three books that made my heart lift up towards my mouth, like everything was going to be okay

  1. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
  2. Middlesex by Jeffrey Euginides
  3. Dry by Augusten Burroughs

the book that made me call my boyfriend and say, "I don't know whether I feel like killing myself or telling everyone that everything, ever, will be okay, forever and ever"

  1. Dry by Augusten Burroughs
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Courtney from the Midwest is reading Monkey: A Journey to the West and a thousand college textbooks October 29, 2012 - 11:57am

my favorite fast food and what I order there, in honor of Broken Piano for President (I just got the PDF for Everything Was Great!!)

  1. White Castle -- crispy jalapeno sliders and fries
  2. Taco Bell -- spicy chicken quesidilla and volcano tacos
  3. Steak N Shake -- pepperjack melt, no tomato or mayo, and fries with ranch on the side
  4. Qdoba -- nachos with rice instead of beans
  5. McDonald's -- plain McDouble
  6. Burger King -- breakfast burritos
  7. Hardee's -- omelette biscuit and hash rounds
  8. Waffle House -- grits with butter and sugar and a sausage wrap or chili with everything
  9. Arby's -- jalapeno bites and chicken sandwich
  10. Jack In The Box -- teryaki bowl with extra sauce and jalapeno bites
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Pretty Spry for... from I'd prefer it if you didn't know. So would you, only you don't know it. is reading whatever he makes time for this week October 29, 2012 - 2:31pm

Top 10 Things I Want to Put in Stories:

Ninja Priests - they're ninjas who are priests (as opposed to priests who are ninjas)
Dragons
Mecha/Sentient Robots
Alien Clowns
Vampires
Vera Farmiga
Murderous Environmentalists
An immortal cowboy
Rape Cultists
Leprechauns

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Jay.SJ from London is reading Warmed and Bound October 29, 2012 - 3:43pm

10 Things I say to customers while working on a cocktail bar:

 

1 - What Can I get you?

2 - Yeah, it is quite expensive, but I don't make the prices.

3 - I'm not smiling because I'm tired.

4 - Why? Because when you go home, four hours later I finish my twelve hour shift at six am to be back in the next day.

5 - A Mojito does have soda water in it yes.

6 - Oh you used to work in a bar so know best? That's funny, because I'm working on a bar. Right now.

7 - Ordering a bottle of sparkling wine and drinking it out of champagne glasses? Watch out Jay-Z.

8 - I seem like I don't like you? No, I just have a perfect discontempt.

9 - It's not buying me a drink if you buy two and expect one of them for free.

10 - Allow me to move onto the next customer, to have the exact same conversation.

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Dino Parenti from Los Angeles is reading Everything He Gets His Hands On October 29, 2012 - 4:11pm

Top 10 people I want reading the audio-book of my first novel:

10. Al pacino
9. Michael Rooker
8. Steve Buschemi
7. Kathlene Turner
6. Tommy Flannigan (the Scottish guy from Sons of Anarchy)
5. Henry Rollins
4. Lauren Bacall
3. Tim Waits
2. Sean Connery
1. Alan Rickman

Honorable mention for deceased candidates: Orson Welles, Peter Lorre, Humphrey Bogart, Betty Davis, Katherine Hepburn.

Same as above if it's a comedy/satire novel:

10. William Shatner
9. Don Rickles
8. Joe Pesci
7. Ricky Gervais
6. Wanda Sykes
5. The Dos Equis guy
4. George Takei
3. James Earl Jones (Darth Vader reading your comedy would rule!)
2. Jeff Bridges (as 'The Dude')
1. Betty White

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Courtney from the Midwest is reading Monkey: A Journey to the West and a thousand college textbooks October 29, 2012 - 6:46pm

Ten things you get used to after working in a hotel:

  1. Handling bloody/pissed-on/shit-on linen. Sometimes without gloves.
  2. Jokes about dead bodies under a mattress only being funny when there isn't a real chance that it may be true. Then, it's just scary.
  3. Desperate, horny old men in all forms.
  4. Desperate, horny old women in all forms.
  5. Little kids daring each other to talk to the front desk attendant.
  6. Accidentally walking in on people fucking because they're too busy to say "no, thanks" when you knock on the door for housekeeping.
  7. Timing your crochet so you've just finished a row when the laundry is ready to fold.
  8. Having co-workers buy drugs from guests, and vice-versa.
  9. Varying the volume of your conversation appropriately so nothing "inappropriate" is heard from behind the desk.
  10. Drinking enough coffee to liquify your digestive system.
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SConley from Texas is reading Coin Locker Babies October 30, 2012 - 5:25am

Hangover cures:

1. Sleep.
2. Water.
3. Vietnamese food (specifically pho but really all Vietnamese food).
4. Bloody Mary(s).
5. Beer(s).
6. Water.
7. Waffle House.
8. TV Marathon.
9. The Flea Market.
10. Water.

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Pretty Spry for... from I'd prefer it if you didn't know. So would you, only you don't know it. is reading whatever he makes time for this week October 30, 2012 - 6:35pm
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Pretty Spry for... from I'd prefer it if you didn't know. So would you, only you don't know it. is reading whatever he makes time for this week October 30, 2012 - 6:46pm
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Pretty Spry for... from I'd prefer it if you didn't know. So would you, only you don't know it. is reading whatever he makes time for this week October 30, 2012 - 6:30pm

Top Ten Worst Porn Names for Authors

Kneel Gayman
Cory “Doctor “O’”
William Goldingaling
Anus Grey [Anne Brontë]
Dean Cunts
Stuffinme Meyer
Michael Crotchton
Jizz Ketchum
Edick Whoreton
e.e. cummings

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Mess_Jess from Sydney, Australia, living in Toronto, Canada is reading Perfect by Rachael Joyce October 30, 2012 - 6:42pm

@ Bret - that last list... perfect, Dean Cunts, haha!

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Pretty Spry for... from I'd prefer it if you didn't know. So would you, only you don't know it. is reading whatever he makes time for this week October 30, 2012 - 8:40pm

Ten Examples of Television Excellence:

"The Man Who Was Death," Tales from the Crypt
"The Monsters are Due on Maple Street," The Twilight Zone
"Best Friends Forever," South Park
"Are You Now or Have You Ever Been," Angel
"Devil's Trap," Supernatural
"Aerodynamics of Gender," Community
"Death Be Not Proud," Boston Legal
"Full Measure," Breaking Bad
"Getting  Closer," Dollhouse
"Jaynestown," Firefly

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Dino Parenti from Los Angeles is reading Everything He Gets His Hands On October 30, 2012 - 9:02pm

@Bret: "Full Measures" from Breaking Bad may be the finest hour ever made for TV. Most people remember Walt running over and shooting that gang banger at the end, but Mike's monolgue about when he was a beat cop was just as awesome. 

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Dino Parenti from Los Angeles is reading Everything He Gets His Hands On October 30, 2012 - 9:04pm

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Pretty Spry for... from I'd prefer it if you didn't know. So would you, only you don't know it. is reading whatever he makes time for this week October 30, 2012 - 9:11pm

Ten Awesome Short Stories

"Flowers for Algernon," Daniel Keyes
"The Cask of Amontillado," Edgar Allan Poe
"The Fog Horn," Ray Bradbury
"Forbidden Brides of the Faceless Slaves in the Secret House of the Night of Dread Desire" and "Other People," Neil Gaiman
"Mantage," Richard Matheson
"Winter Dreams," F. Scott Fitzgerald"
"So Much Water So Close to Home," Raymond Chandler
"A Scandal in Bohemia," Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
"Sheep Meadow Story," Jack Ketchum
"An Occurence at Owl Creek Bridge" and "Chickamauga," Ambrose Bierce

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Americantypo from Philadelphia is reading The Bone Clocks November 1, 2012 - 5:37am

Bump.

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drea from Rural Alberta, Canada is reading between the lines November 1, 2012 - 2:14pm

Top Ten Things Not To Do At a Funeral 

 

1. Do not take more than 2 ativan and  consume more than 2 glasses of wine fifteen minutes prior to funeral, if funeral is to last longer than fifteen minutes. 

2. No open mic after the eulogy. 

3. No more than 3 songs, maximum, for any powerpoint/photo tribute. 

4. No Nickelback during said powerpoint/photo tribute.

5.If there are unwanted people in attendance, scenes are best thrown outside of the funeral home, not inside of it. 

6. The Airing of Grievances are still required to be conducted during traditional Festivus activities, not at the memorial service. 

7. If speaking during the funeral, your nervous breakdown during college and the deceased's involvement with AADAC/NARC-Anon are not relevant. 

8. It is not appropriate to wish the mourners "every happiness," during any speech. 

9. Eulogy, from εὐλογία, eulogia, Classical Greek for "good words,") is a speech or writing in praise of a person or thing, especially one recently dead or retired. Anything that falls outside of the scope of "good," is not appropriate. 

10. Balloons are not a substitute for flowers or donations in memory of...

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Americantypo from Philadelphia is reading The Bone Clocks November 2, 2012 - 11:48am

lol @ drea. Good stuff. Also- bump. A week left people. Write some top tens between those WAR stories.

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SConley from Texas is reading Coin Locker Babies November 2, 2012 - 11:57am

Best breweries i've been to:

1. New Belgium - Fort Collins, Colorado
2. New Glarus - New Glarus, Wisconsin
3. Three Floyds - Munster, Indiana
4. Southern Star - Conroe, Texas
5. Rahr and Sons - Fort Worth, Texas
6. Breckenridge Brewery - Denver, Colorado
7. Saint Arnold's - Houston, Texas
8. Goose Island - Chicago, Illinois
9. City Acre Brewing - Houston, Texas
10. Rubicon Brewing - Sacramento, California

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Courtney from the Midwest is reading Monkey: A Journey to the West and a thousand college textbooks November 2, 2012 - 1:02pm

best cigarettes

  1. Tourney Light 100s
  2. Camel 99s
  3. Marlboro Special Blend Medium 100s
  4. Camel Wides
  5. Camel Crushes
  6. Tourney Red 100s
  7. Tourney Menthol Light 100s
  8. Tourney Ultra Light 100s
  9. Marlboro Special Blend Lights
  10. Gamblers (super cheap but shitty)
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Courtney from the Midwest is reading Monkey: A Journey to the West and a thousand college textbooks November 2, 2012 - 1:04pm

best cities I've ever been to

  1. Cincinatti, Ohio
  2. Chicago, Illinois
  3. Louisville, Kentucky
  4. Las Vegas, Nevada
  5. Boulder, Colorado
  6. Jackson, Tennessee
  7. Memphis, Tennessee
  8. Indianapolis, Indiana
  9. Lexington, Kentucky
  10. Michigan City, Indiana
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Liana from Romania and Texas is reading Naked Lunch November 2, 2012 - 1:34pm

Top ten list of people I'm in love with:

1. Censored

2. Censored

3. Censored

4. Censored

5. Censored

6. Censored

7. Censored

8. Censored

9. Censored

10. Censored

 

YES, I'M KIDDING. (kinda)

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Liana from Romania and Texas is reading Naked Lunch November 2, 2012 - 1:55pm

Ok I'll take this seriously. Top ten romantic movies of all time. Don't judge.

 

1. Somewhere in Time

2. House of Flying Daggers

3. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

4. Casablanca

5. Once

6. Hanover Street

7. 500 Days of Summer

8. Lost in Translation

9. Brokeback Mountain

10. WALL-E

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Pretty Spry for... from I'd prefer it if you didn't know. So would you, only you don't know it. is reading whatever he makes time for this week November 2, 2012 - 4:34pm

Don't judge. 

I'm judging you. This is my judging face.

I personally like Slumdog Millionaire and As Good as It Gets. Even Music and Lyrics.

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Profunda Saint-... from Calgary, AB is reading Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy Series November 2, 2012 - 6:48pm

Top Ten Songs I'd Like Played At My Funeral:
 

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Nobody's Baby Now

Billy Bragg - Must I Paint You A Picture

Lou Reed - Perfect Day

Bob Dylan - Don't Think Twice, It's Alright

Rocky Horror Picture Show - I'm Going Home

Dean & Britta - Teenage Lightning And Lonely Highways

Johnny Thunders - You Can't Put Your Arms Around A Memory

Louis Armstrong - What A Wonderful World

The Pogues - Rainy Night In Soho

Tom Waits - If I Have To Go

 

 

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Ripley from Fort Scott, Kansas is reading Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace November 2, 2012 - 9:41pm

Top Ten Reasons I am not Writing.

  • I discovered I kicked my apartment's window in last night.
  • The neighbor's fried chicken smells better.
  • I woke up in the drunk tank.
  • Masturbating to soft core.
  • Baby sister and I are playing putt-putt golfing while I'm still moderately inebriated.
  • I stepped on the flash drive carrying my novel draft.
  • The newest Star Wars novel sounds more exciting.
  • I lit my short story draft on fire when I got pissed off at it.
  • Dad and I are shooting an Automatic Kalashnikov Model 1947.
  • I joined LitReactor.
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Liana from Romania and Texas is reading Naked Lunch November 4, 2012 - 11:54am

Bret, you're right. I judge you too. I made a very subjective top 10.

 

Top 10 most subjective tops you can come up with:

1. WAR!!! (because we spend months talking (or at least thinking) about why our story should have won)

2. Best romantic movies ever (cause that love stuff is the same for everybody)

3. Best book ever/best writer (let's start that discussion again)

4. Best food anyone ever tasted (cause yeah, it doesn't depend at all on what you ate growing up)

5. Scariest movie ever (I'm so hard to scare these days!)

6. Best/coolest car ever (I pick based on color)

7. Most beautiful color ever (I know some people who actually like orange) 

8. BFF (because no matter how many people tell you not to hang out with someone, you still do)

9. Best music ever (for example, I still like Michael Jackson, so sue me) (disclaimer: he's still very popular in Romania and I saw him in concert there)

10. Best top 10 (because of course, all of mine should be on top)

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wickedvoodoo from Mansfield, England is reading stuff. November 4, 2012 - 3:10pm

Still four or five days left here. Any more lists? There's been some great ones so far.

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Michael J. Riser from El Cerrito, CA (originally), now Fort Worth, TX is reading The San Veneficio Canon - Michael Cisco, The Croning - Laird Barron, By the Time We Leave Here, We'll Be Friends - J. David Osborne November 4, 2012 - 7:30pm

Martin, I'd just like to say you win for starting with that list. Bleed is probably my current life anthem.

In that spirit, and because I'm feeling particularly morbid, my list:

 

 

TOP TEN SUICIDE FANTASIES (in no particular order):

 

1. Get in front of an engine turbine on a 747.

2. Leap from an otherwise comical piece of architecture, such as a giant Bob's Big Boy statue.

3. Deep-fry your head in the kitchen of a local restaurant venue to go out with day-old donut or onion ring flavor.

4. Watch Amelie and The Human Centipede back-to-back repeatedly until brain hemorrhage.

5. Swallow handfuls of sponge toys that expand into animal shapes when wet, then chug one or two gallons of water.

6. Play Hotline Miami without cessation after consuming 2-3 sheets of LSD.

7. Incite a crowd to violent riot against your own demographic, then antagonize them with colorful expletives and gesticulations.

8. Fill a hot tub with double your body weight in red-bellied piranhas, then get in and turn the jets on full.

9. Take the protective cover off an industrial fan and insert your face.

10. Run up to an aging mobster and beat him repeatedly with a live trout.

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wickedvoodoo from Mansfield, England is reading stuff. November 6, 2012 - 7:28pm

This finishes up on Friday if anyone is wanting to throw in any last minute lists. been some great ones so far. You guys got a few more left in you?

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters November 7, 2012 - 7:45am

Top Ten Things I Used To Do, But No Longer Do

  1. Smoke
  2. Lie to Strangers 
  3. Lie to myself
  4. Eat tacos while driving
  5. Drink vodka
  6. Write terrible poetry
  7. Have hot chocolate before bed
  8. Sleep with a stuffed animal
  9. Cut my own hair. 
  10. Make pork chops
     
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bryanhowie from FW, ID is reading East of Eden. Steinbeck is FUCKING AMAZING. November 7, 2012 - 9:56am

Top Ten Things Avery Does Daily

1 Smoke crack
2 Lie to friends
3 Lie to the mirror
4 Eat hamburgers while dancing
5 Distill moonshine
6 Write terrible love letters
7 Have hot sex before bed
8 Sleep with a stuffed vegetable
9 Cut locks of stranger's hair
20 Look at pictures of vaginas

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Richard from St. Louis is reading various anthologies November 7, 2012 - 1:11pm

^ahahahahhahahahaha. too much.