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|Written by (Cult)ure Staff|
|Monday, 28 February 2011 00:00|
This month we asked out writers, "It's time for a classic: assuming the set-up was mysteriously taken care of, what 5 cultural items (books, movies, albums) would you want with you on a deserted island?"
My picks are:
1. Graceland by Paul Simon
2. Waiting for Guffman
3. Season 4 of Big Love
4. Paradise Lost by John Milton
5. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Were I stranded on an island (and all of my crafty plans for escape and rescue failed), I would want to have the following with me:
Obviously this is a terrible situation and the only way I could get through it is with the following items. First and foremost I would bring my two favourite movies, Mulan and The Sound of Music. Mulan because it is the greatest movie of all time and The Sound of Music because Julie Andrews is amazing. My next item would be the Harry Potter book series. I know there are seven books in the series and one might argue they should count individually. I think, however, they should be considered as one unit as it's hardly worth reading a single book if you can't continue through the whole series. However, if pressed, I would select book 7. I would also take my Boggle game. Even if I was alone for my time on this island I could hone my Boggle skills, and, if anyone happened to visit my island or rescue me, I could crush them. Finally I would take my Big Brain Academy game for Nintendo DS. I could play games like flash memory or pathfinder for ages. Not only would this provide countless hours of entertainment (as I assure you it has in the past), it would keep my mind sharp. You have to think that people exiled on islands must go a little kooky after awhile (see Tom Hanks in Castaway).
1. As long as we're talking internet (thanks, Kelsa), Television Without Pity. I'm really behind on my recap reading, and there are so many shows on there, it would keep me entertained a good long while.
2. Buffy the Vampire Slayer - The Complete DVD Collection. I was going to say The Chosen Collection, but I remember all the complaining when that box set came out about the dearth of special features. I haven't seen a lot of these episodes since they first aired (including the only Buffy I've never seen - Season Six's "Normal Again"), and I'm curious to see how my opinion of the show might change after all the reading/writing/thinking I've done about the show over the years. And if I end up feeling the exact same way, so much the better: BtVS is one of the greatest shows of all time, no contest.
3. The Chronicles of Narnia. There's a lot of C.S. Lewis I haven't read, and I'm sure I'd love it, too, but Narnia's an old friend. They're just beautiful books, and I still haven't gotten to The Last Battle.
4. Bridget Jones's Diary and Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason. They are my go-to travel books because they crack me up every single time without ever requiring I pay too close attention, so I might as well travel with them.
5. Edible: An Illustrated Guide to the World's Food Plants. Because it never hurts to be prepared.
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