The Friday Fives

  1. What’s a book that changed your life?

Slaughterhouse Five. Vonnegut gets so deep in his anti-war message and is a master of the spare prose that tells an incredible story.

2. If the world ends, what song would play in its end credits?

The closing credits from Sesame Street.

3. Seriously, how did anyone get anywhere without GPS?

Using my trusty map.

4. What’s the best music documentary you’ve ever seen?

Each year during the Thanksgiving period, I rewatch the Last Waltz. it still holds up, although, I still have no idea why Neil Diamond is in it but a great performance nonetheless.

5. If you run your own small country, what would be your number one rule?

Turn out the lights when you leave a room. This will be punishable by incarceration.

questions via @thatericalper

2 Replies to “The Friday Fives”

  1. 1) The Stand – still my favorite book. IT was a sweeping apocalyptic epic and one that delved into the good and bad of humankind.

    2) This is the end – The Doors. Always a good downer song to end a downer moment.

    3) Paid attention while driving and writing down instructions.

    4) This is a hard one. I have watched the very long Eagles documentary a couple times, because that is my era of becoming a music fan and they were products of that creative time. There’s a good Rush one and the one with Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine that goes from the beginning of NWA to them making millions partnering with Apple is really cool.

    5) Leashed dogs in public places.


  2. 1) When I was a kid I read Snow Treasure and Twenty & Ten. Both of these books were a glimpse into the treatment of Jews during WWII. It triggered my fascination with the Holocaust and the stories surrounding it.


    3) My good friend Rand McNally and his “books”

    4) other than the Led Zeppelin doc. I’m not recalling any true documentaries about music that I’ve seen.

    5) NO GUNS!

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