- Angels In America
- Waiting For Godot
- No Exit
- Long Day’s Journey Into Night
- The Glass Menagerie
- Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
- August: Osage County
- Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
- Elizabeth Rex
- Hometowns; John Preston
- The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay; Michael Chabon
- To Kill A Mockingbird; Harper Lee
- Middlesex; Jeffrey Eugenides
- A Clockwork Orange
- Gone With the Wind
- The Secret Garden
- Funny Lady – the movie
- Thoroughly Modern Millie
- The Pirates of Penzance – the movie
In this space I look forward compiling lists of Favorites that stand the test of time. In hopes of avoiding the predictable trap of focusing disproportionately on more recent experiences so I am not going to populate this page with content immediately. I’ll add things as I remember them or encounter them.
Like most (hopefully all) people, my tastes change and evolve. Things I thought were hysterically funny at age 15 may not provoke a smile at 50+. Music and lyrics that seemed so deep and profound on those late nights in the dorm room may seem simple and trite after years of daylight.
If <insert your favorite here> does not appear on a list I’d love to hear about it. I may not have experienced it yet. I may have experienced it but your insight might help me see it in a new light. It might be one of my favorites as well but I simply forgot about it when compiling the list. Or I may just not see in it the same things you do.
Of course my taste, or lack thereof, is not the only driver. Some things will make a list, independent of their intrinsic quality, because of the associations they hold for me or memories they evoke. Others are important because they entered my life at a time when, for whatever reason, I was most receptive to them.
I’ll also be populating a list of “Guilty Pleasures”; where I have heard all the critique, probably agree and still count the subject as one of my favorites for one reason or another.