A Sampling of Reader's Top Ten Lists


| May/June 2001

A Sampling of Reader's Top Ten Lists

Eric Grandall
San Diego, CA
Daniel Norfleet
Summerville, SC
Understanding Media by Marshall Mcluhan
(1964 mass media treatise)
The preservation of Church Street, Charleston, South Carolina
(America's first historic district, 1931)
La Fanciulla Del West  by Giacomo Puccini
(1910 opera)
State Parks built by the Works Progress Administration
(1930s and 1940s)
Rabbit by Jeff Koons
(1986 sculpture)
"I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" by Hank Williams
(1949 country song)
Finnegans Wake  by James Joyce 
(1939 novel)

Fellini Satyricon directed by Federico Fellini 
(1969 film)
On the Waterfront directed by Elia Kazan
(1954 film)

Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen
(1975 rock album)
Women on the Verge of
a Nervous Breakdown
 directed by Pedro Almodóvar
(1988 film)
The Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery, Alabama, by Maya Lin
(1988 monument)
Diary: How to Improve the World (you will only make matters worse)  by John Cage 
(1999 recording)
The Horn Island Logs of Walter Inglis Anderson
(journals and watercolors published posthumously in 1973)
The Mythic Being: I/You (HER) by Adrian Piper 
(1974 photographs)
The Red Sox's performance in the 1975 World Series and the 1978 American League Eastern Division Playoff
Façade: An Entertainment  by William Walton 
(poems by Edith Sitwell set to music in 1921)
The World According to Garp by John Irving
(1978 novel)
Nude Descending a Staircase No. 2  by Marcel Duchamp 
(1912 painting)
Savage Inequalities by Jonathan Kozol
(1991 educational exposé)

Carol Poor
College Park, Maryland
Carol Shookoff
New York, New York
Frank Lloyd Wright's Prairie Houses
(circa 1900 to 1925)
Lied von der Erde by Gustav Mahler
(1909 song cycle)
Broadway Boogie Woogie by Piet Mondrian
(1942-43 painting)
The music of Astor Piazzolla
(1945-1990 recordings)
Nestle's Semisweet Chocolate Chips
(first manufactured in 1939)
Ran  directed by Akira Kurosawa
(1985 film)
Kiss Me Kate  by Cole Porter
(1948 musical score)

Kate Hepburn wears trousers
The Searchers  directed by John Ford
(1956 film)

Swing Time  directed by George Stevens
(1936 film)
GI Bill
(1944)
Labyrinths and Ficciones by Jorge Luis Borges
(1962 and 1944 short story collections)
Bach's Goldberg Variations by Glenn Gould (1955 recording) Maus  by Art Spiegelman
(1986 graphic novel)
Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child, Louisette Bertholle, and Simone Beck
(1961 cookbook)
"Dancing in the Street"  by Martha Reeves and the Vandellas
(1964 song)
The plays of Tom Stoppard
(1962-present)
Vietnam Veterans Memorial by Maya Lin
(1982 monument)
Gardens by Oehme, van Sweden & Associates, Inc.
(1977 to present)
Gone with the Wind  by Margaret Mitchell
(1936 novel)

Catherine Slye
Washington, D.C.
Joshua Yearout
Wichita, KS
Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins
(1984 Novel)
The Harlem Renaissance 
(cultural & artistic movement 1920s and 1930s)
Audrey Hepburn in Blake Edward's film Breakfast at Tiffany's
(1961 acting performance)
Anthology of American Folk Music edited by Harry Smith
(1952 recordings)
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig
(1974 novel)
Peter Sellers in Stanley Kubrick's film Dr. Strangelove
(1963 acting performance)
Fatboy Slim
(musician recording 1997 - present)

Rushmore directed by Wes Anderson
(1998 movie and soundtrack)
Hot Fives and Hot Sevens by Louis Armstrong
(1925-1929 jazz recordings)

A Perfect Day for Bananafish  by J.D. Salinger
(1948 short story)
Rockin in Rhythm by Duke Ellington
(1992 posthumous compilation)
Pittsburgh Crawfords
(1931-1938 Negro National League baseball team)
A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn 
(1980 history book)
Crumb
(1995 movie soundtrack)
My sis, Jen-Jen
(because this is MY top ten)
Dust Bowl Ballads by Woody Guthrie
(1940 folk music recordings)
The Harvard Business Review
(magazine 1922 to present)
Ports of Entry: William S. Burroughs and the Arts
(1996 exhibition at the Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence, Kansas)
Gone with the Wind  by Margaret Mitchell 
(1936 novel)
Sherlock Jr. directed by Buster Keaton 
(1924 silent film)