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Five things you wish you'd written

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by STLIrish, Mar 21, 2008.

  1. STLIrish

    STLIrish Active Member

    From a Jones challenge off the Books thread...
    Here, in no particular order, are five things I wish I'd written.

    1: Invisible City, by Pete Hamill. This gorgeous collection of sketches of people and their sadness.
    2: The Corner, by David Simon. Gave birth to The Wire. Brilliant in its own right, and brilliantly-reported.
    3: Racing in the Streets, by Bruce Springsteen. Hope, loss and a stab at redemption, all in four minutes.
    4: A Prayer for Owen Meany, by John Irving. More people I know say this is their favorite book than any other. There's good reason for that.
    5: "'E was there when 'E was Needed," Jimmy Breslin in London, for the death of Winston Churchill (or any one of a number of other transcendant columns from The World of Jimmy Breslin). He was at his peak here, and at his peak, no one told a story like Breslin.

    What are yours?
  2. pallister

    pallister Guest

    Cat in the Hat
    Pokey Little Puppy
    Harold and the Purple Crayon
    The Bible
    How to Eat Fried Worms
  3. John

    John Well-Known Member

    The Right Stuff
    Blood Meridian
    All The Pretty Horses
    As I Lay Dying
  4. forever_town

    forever_town Well-Known Member

    Not in any particular order.

    1. Shirley Povich's story about Don Larsen's perfect game.
    2. Double Down's post about frustrated writers who think they're terrible when they're not.
    3. The Stevie Nicks song "Stand Back."
    4. "Date of Infamy" speech.
    5. 2001: A Space Odyssey
  5. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    It Can;t Happen Here
    The Naked and Dead
    The Glory and The Dream
    Green Eggs and Ham
    A deposit slip for a $275M powerball winner
  6. huntsie

    huntsie Active Member

    "I Have A Dream"...
    All Over But The Shoutin' by Rick Bragg.
    "There's A Wocket In My Pocket" Dr. Seuss.
    Jim Murray's Column about the loss of his eyesight (The title escapes me right now).
    "Death of a President" William Manchester.
  7. GBNF

    GBNF Active Member

    Threads like these make me cry because of stories like these...

    1) Gay Talese - Frank Sinatra Has A Cold
    2) Wright Thompson - Holy Ground
    3) Jim Murray - If You're Expecting One-Liners
    4) Rick Reilly - Funny You Should Ask
    5) Jimmy Breslin - Digging JFK's Grave Was His Honor
  8. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    For purely financial reasons:

    1. The Da Vinci Code
    2. The Client
    3. Gone With the Wind
    4. the first Harry Potter book
    5. a check for 100 shares of Google stock at $20 per share, circa 2001 (and sold it for $500/share in late 2006)

    For artistic reasons:

    1. The Catcher in the Rye
    2. To Kill a Mockingbird
    3. the original Baseball Encyclopedia
    4. pretty much anything George Orwell ever wrote
    5. the pilot for The Sopranos
  9. jlee

    jlee Well-Known Member

    "If you're expecting one-liners," which does not make my list but is one of my favorites.

    1) A Tale of Two Cities
    2) "The Day Bobby Blew It"
    3) Less than Zero
    4) Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
    5) The "Firefly" pilot or "Serenity"
  10. jgmacg

    jgmacg Guest


    The Recognitions


    The Great Gatsby

    Huckleberry Finn
  11. buckweaver

    buckweaver Active Member

    In no particular order:

    1. The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald)
    2. Gettysburg Address (Lincoln)
    3. Miracle at Coogan's Bluff (Smith)
    4. Casey At The Bat (Thayer)
    5. All The President's Men (Woodstein)
  12. In Exile

    In Exile Member

    On the Road - Jack Kerouac
    Moby Dick - Melville
    Leaves of Grass - Whitman
    Straw for the Fire - Theodore Roethke
    Walden - Thoreau
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