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August 21, 2013

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My favorite books are Iliad and Odyssey, because they relate the tale of the angry man who destroys a society, and the clever man who recreates a society.

As I read this post I tried to let titles surface in my mind without mediation. Here's what popped up: 1. Byron's Don Juan - I read it during the summer I moved to NYC. I had a long subway commute and sometimes I feared I would miss my stop b/c I was so engrossed. There are parts that are hysterically funny as well as sections that are terrifying. 2.Auden's Dyers Hand. I read this in graduate school and fell in love. 3.Giant, by Edna Ferber. This is on my list today b/c I've been thinking about it a lot this summer.I read this as a young teenager and not since but certain phrases about how to live one's life keep coming to mind. I like the way you've distinguished "favorites" from "best of." It's the same with any of the arts, I think. The answer to the question of favorites for me is always "it depends." Today my favorite Balanchine ballet is "Stars and Stripes" but if I want to really swoon I have to go for "Symphony is C." Great post! Thanks.

Sinatra, Rodgers & Hart, Wiener schnitzel as my mother made it, fresh-squeezed lemonade, a perfectly chilled martini (gin), modern poetry, detective & spy novels, the Dodgers, Kim Novak in "Vertigo," Bill Holden in "The Counterfeit Traitor": these are a few of my favorite things.
Thanks for the stimulating post. -- DL

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