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Saturday 9/2/23

Favorite place: Rockport, MA


Favorite season: Autumn


Favorite holiday: Christmas


Favorite book: William Sloane's To Walk the Night


Favorite poem: John Clare's "I Am"


Favorite sport: Baseball


Favorite film: Scrooge (1951)


Favorite color: Aquamarine


Favorite animal: Beaver


Favorite drink: Black coffee


Favorite album: The Beatles


Favorite song: "Strawberry Fields Forever" (w/overdubs)


Favorite instrument: Human voice


Favorite quality: Authenticity


Favorite TV show: The Wind in the Willows (1984-1990)


Favorite athlete: Carlton Fisk


Favorite ballet: Onegin


Favorite ghost story: Richard Middleton's "The Ghost Ship"


Favorite painter: Fitz Henry Lane


Favorite F. Scott Fitzgerald story: "Basil and Cleopatra"


Favorite radio broadcast: "The Shady Lane Matter" (Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar)


Favorite Orson Welles movie: Chimes at Midnight


Favorite bird: House sparrow


Favorite smell: The Atlantic off of New England


Favorite turtle: Snapping


Favorite fish: Pike


Favorite tree: Cedar


Favorite Universal horror: Dracula (1931)


Favorite Hammer horror: Dracula (1958)


Favorite part of the Museum of Fine Arts: Second floor, American wing


Favorite hockey player: Mike Bossy


Favorite excuse: None


Favorite Christmas special: 'Twas the Night Before Christmas (1974)


Favorite actor: Robert Mitchum


Favorite jazz singer: Billie Holiday


Favorite Peanuts special: It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown


Favorite Buster Keaton film: Steamboat Bill, Jr.


Favorite American sitcom: Cheers


Favorite TV Western: The Rifleman


Favorite fruit: Granny Smith apples


Favorite video game: King's Quest


Favorite exercise: Stairs


Favorite work by Thoreau: Journals


Favorite book series: The Three Investigators


Favorite basketball player: Dominique Wilkins


Favorite team: Boston Red Sox


Favorite edition of Boston Red Sox: 2013


Favorite jazz album: Eric Dolphy's Out to Lunch!


Favorite short film: Return to Glennascaul


Favorite John Peel session: Nick Drake, August 5, 1969


Favorite sports personality: Rabbit Maranville


Favorite guitar solo: Pete Townshend, "Young Man Blues," Live at Leeds, after Roger Daltrey says, "Git it!"


Favorite duet: John Lennon and Paul McCartney, "Hey Jude"


Favorite hawk: Red-tailed


Favorite Smiths song: "Some Girls are Bigger Than Others"


Favorite Howard Hawks film: Rio Bravo


Favorite instrumentalist: Keith Moon


Favorite M.R. James story: "Oh, Whistle, and I'll Come to You, My Lad"


Favorite field trip: To Sandwich


Favorite mountain range: Berkshires


Favorite kind of bridge: Covered


Favorite obelisk: Bunker Hill Monument


Favorite Pyrrhic victory: Battle of Bunker Hill


Favorite "Dark Star": Cleveland 10/31/71


Favorite sculptor: David Smith


Favorite living pianist: Paul Lewis


Favorite announcer: Fred Cusick


Favorite riff: "Day Tripper"


Favorite TV theme song: Newhart


Favorite power forward: Cam Neely


Favorite home run hitter: Dave Kingman


Favorite Rolling Stones song: "Shine a Light"


Favorite Powell and Pressburger film: A Canterbury Tale


Favorite fielder: Luis Aparicio


Favorite coat: Pea


Favorite football player: Andre Tippett


Favorite postmodern novel: Laurence Sterne's Tristam Shandy


Favorite Sherlock Holmes story: "The Blue Carbuncle"


Favorite blues guitarist: Otis Rush


Favorite film writer: James Agee


Favorite Joy Division song: "Ceremony"


Favorite John Keats poem: "Ode to a Nightingale"


Favorite resident of the Hundred Acre Wood: Eeyore


Favorite Vincent Price vehicle: House on Haunted Hill


Favorite Victorian novel: Wilkie Collins' The Woman in White


Favorite session: Beatles July 16, 1963 at the BBC


Favorite Bob Dylan album: Blonde on Blonde


Favorite jazz pianist: Bud Powell


Favorite flower: Sunflower


Favorite snake: Black racer


Favorite pitcher: Roger Clemens


Favorite landlord: Mr. Roper


Favorite singer: John Lennon


Favorite essay: F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Crack Up"


Favorite Star Wars movie: Star Wars


Favorite crustacean: Hermit crab


Favorite guitarist: Jeff Beck


Favorite version of Gunsmoke: radio


Favorite baseball card series: Diamond Stars (1934-1936)


Favorite baseball card: Jimmie Foxx Diamond Stars


Favorite diary: Pepys'


Favorite juice: Cranberry (real kind)


Favorite film book: This is Orson Welles


Favorite Grateful Dead album: American Beauty


Favorite cover version: The Beatles' "Solider of Love (Lay Down Your Arms)"


Favorite haunted house movie: The Uninvited


Favorite Nick Drake album: Pink Moon


Favorite goalie: Grant Fuhr


Favorite game: Game 2, 1987 Canada Cup Finals


Favorite sport to attend: College football


Favorite comic novel: Booth Tarkington's Penrod


Favorite Miles Davis album: The Complete Live at the Plugged Nickel 1965


Favorite mystery novel: J. Jefferson Farjeon's Mystery in White


Favorite form of apparel: Sweatshirt


Favorite quarterback: Dan Marino


Favorite jazz drummer: Tony Williams


Favorite sports books: Lawrence Ritter's The Glory of Their Times


Favorite garage album: Psychotic Reaction


Favorite Laurel and Hardy film: Sons of the Desert


Favorite bootleg: The Beatles' The Complete BBC Sessions/The BBC Archives


Favorite science fiction film: Invasion of the Body Snatchers


Favorite quote: "The only unforgivable sin is weakness." (from To Walk the Night)





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