• http://www.incae.edu The Inmate

    Song: “Jailbird” by Primal Scream

    Book: “Papillon” by Henri CharriÈre

  • Myopic Joe


    My cooking proficiency only extends as far as making cold cereal and boiling ramen, but I really enjoy watching his shows. I like how he explains the science behind cooking. It appeals to my documentary fetish. He’s got a great sense of humour. I should pick up that book.

    The Cast Away episode is called “Down and Out In Paradise” http://www.goodeatsfanpage.com/
    It’s a little Gilligan Islandish in how he has stranded island inventions for modern appliances.


    Yeah Fake Plastic Trees is great. I’ll have to side with your wife and say that for me it’s a sad song, but I can see the eternal hope angle, it just doesn’t fit my personality and we all see what we want to see =). Anyways, it’s a great song for when you’re feeling miserable and want some “company.”


    Never heard the accoustic version. I’ve header the accoustic version of Creep and I like it better. It’s more sad while the original is angry. I like the video for Fake Plastic Trees cuz the lead singer has these super poofy eyes, it makes him look sad and weary.

    Miss Mea-Mea-

    Yeah lots of respones. I guess it goes to show how many lurking fans Dooce has. I think the large response comes from the fact that she asked for people’s favorite songs and books. Can’t go wrong with that. Leslie Harpold said people like stuff like that because it’s a way of saying, “Here’s what I like. Are you like me? Do you like me?” I guess it appeals to our need to socialize in these lonely days.


    Great response on this one. Got so many songs and books to check out now. It’s like a class room where only the teacher is talking and everyone is just listening, but now all your students are talking to each other. Pretty interesting to watch how this evolves.

  • http://njsr.org/moon moonz

    What, no one took the suck up root and picked a Britney song? I actually was going to, but then I got to thinking about how I said just two days ago that if I could only listen to three BANDS for the rest of my life I’d pick Nada Surf, Incubus, and Radiohead. So I should probably pick one of theirs, eh?

    Well, my book would be The Guiliana Legacy.

    The song would probably be … ah, fuck it. I want my song to be Rufus Wainwright’s “Instant Pleasure”

  • Elvis

    Nuclear Holocausts for Dummies.


    It is a nuclear holocaust for joseph smith’s sake!!!

    choices would vary if i weren’t in A NUCLEAR HOLOCAUST!!!

  • http://gbmmt.com/strangebrew andrew charles

    it took ten minutes to read all those, and another ten to figure out my choices!

    song: nirvana – polly (unplugged)

    book: wally lamb – she comes undone

    .. the only book i’ve ever read from cover to cover in one sitting.

  • bit2byte

    Song: “Ruler of My Heart” by Irma Thomas

    Book: “La Faute de l’Abbe Mouret” by Emile Zola

  • january

    Beethoven’s Ode to Joy.

    and Goodbye, Chunky Rice by Craig Thompson.

  • http://www.italianolio.com Eddie D.

    song: “Tonight Is What It Means To Be Young” by Fire Inc.

    book: Sideways Stories From Wayside High School by Louis Sacher

  • http://www.kellyink.com/blog/ kelly

    book: “Jacob Have I Loved” by Katherine Patterson, because it spoke to me in the fourth grade and I have to read it once a year

    song: ugh, a toss-up, either “Narrow Your Eyes” by They Might Be Giants or “The Sniper” by Harry Chapin

  • MovieGirl

    “Into the Mystic” by Van Morrison

    “A Very Young Rider” by Jill Krementz

  • http://www.soulonice.com soulonice

    Song: Ambition Az A Ridah – 2Pac.

    Book: I Know This Much is True – Wally Lamb.



  • JF

    Poi Dog Pondering – “Metaphysical Kitchen” (it just always makes me happy)

    Dave Eggers – “A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius” because it is

  • http://synrgymg@bellsouth.net scot-on-the-rocks

    Holy flipping DAMM! 224 hits…now, all at once…let’s all send dooce a dollar!

  • Neal

    “Chicken Tonight” theme song just because I’d like to at least pretend the world is still annoying and not just toxic.

    “The Scoop on Poop” by Wayne Lynch

  • Neal (Again)

    You know “The Gas We Pass” is also another fine book… so, now I am not sure.

  • http:www.digifox.org Fox

    How to Disappear Completely (And Never Be Found) – Radiohead

    Through the Looking Glass – Lewis Carroll

  • http://tam7seven.dot.nu Tam

    song: Bjork – Generous Palmstroke. ’cause there be some MAD harp skills rocking in there

    book: The Princess Bride (S. Morgenstern’s Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure) – William Goldman.
    in a crisis (such as a holocaust) I revert to childhood comforts.

    or if i manage to keep it together: Pablo Neruda Selected Poems

  • http://www.barkins.com Richard Barkins

    “Never Let Me Down Again” by Depeche Mode

    All Over But The Shoutin’ by Rick Bragg

  • Chelsea

    Book: “Memoirs of a Geisha” by Arthur Golden
    Song: “Soma” Smashing Pumpkins

  • http://www.windwardskies.com lisa

    Song: Maunaleo, Keali`i Reichel. It’s such a beautiful lullaby of a song.
    Book: Les Miserables, Victor Hugo.

  • freshgroundpepper

    Song: Mad World by Gary Jules (a Tears for Fears cover)

    Book: “Godel Escher Bach” as it would give me a hell of a lot to think about and I’d possibly finally get through it

  • anarchocyclist

    I’ve reconsidered my initial hasty answer. Truth is, my picks would depend on my mood when I received news of the impending holocaust/inauguration.Hence, if I were drinking (like I am right now), they would go like this: “Loose” by Iggy and the Stooges; POST OFFICE by Charles Bukowski. If I were horny, they’d come out like so: “Hyperballad” by Bjork; DELTA OF VENUS by Anais Nin, and both of thse women require characters I don’t know how to type in order to spell their names correctly. If I happened to be feeling a little rebellious and self-righteous when I got the unhappy news, I might pick: “White Riot” by the Clash; THE GRAPES OF WRATH by John Steinbeck. Were I in a satirical mood when news of the world’s effective end reached me, I might choose: “Do You Remember Walter” by the Kinks; GREAT APES by Will Self. If my demeanor were understandably bleak upon hearing that the Boy King would spend another! four! years! in office, I might choose: “Exit Music (For a Film)” by Radiohead; RESUSCITATION OF A HANGED MAN by Denis Johnson.

    Or, if I felt exceedingly postmodern in a very mid-’80′s fashion, I’d decide on: “Rain King” by Sonic Youth; NEUROMANCER by William Gibson.

    Oh, a sci-fi nerd. Now we’re showing our true colors, aren’t we?

    Thanks for your time.

  • http://frisbeeman.blogspot.com Kyle

    Jimbo, Bloom County rocks.

    As for me, book: Tim O’Brien, The Things They Carried

    and song: Pink Floyd, Wish You Were Here.

    I don’t think I could live with the knowledge that I would never hear or read those again.

  • http://www.ignuss-fatuus.com Karin

    Book : Hearts in Atlantis by Steven King
    Song: Its so hard to choose I love tori but I just cant choose just one so id have to go with Everclears : AM Radio
    because its fun and funky and would have reminicing qualities…

  • http://ed-one.com chizantski

    song: Land Down Under – Men at Work (!)

    book: A Beginner’s Guide to Constructing the Universe – Michael S. Schneider


  • http://bostonconfidential.net lordtalixx

    I find it very interesting that only one person, one out of over 230 people, chose a blank book; while I love to read, and would most likely miss my books, I think that in such a situation the most interesting thing to do would be to create my own book, my own journal, my own whatever. Somebody mentioned bringing Thoreau’s “Walden”, which is itself just such an effort. So as much as I’d like to say Shakespeare or Tolkien, I’d have to take a blank book, as thick as they make them.

    As for music, well, someone else mentioned that any pop song would be a bad choice, as it would become tired very quickly, so most likely, I’d bring Beethoven, the 5th Symphony–30 minutes long, and one of the greatest pieces of music ever composed.

  • http://www.kevynnmalone.blogspot.com Kevynn Malone

    Book: The Boy Scout Handbook Of America.

    Song: Any song with a lot of birds singing on it…and for as long as possible.

  • http://www.nothingrecords.com Mr DarQ

    Aphex twin – Window licker is better than your choices and thats not even the best
    so i think you need to recap your thought into more productive outlets

  • http://madconservatory.blogspot.com coley

    oh my god, you have to check this out.


  • http://www.ericandleandra.com/journal/ leandra

    Myopic Joe -

    The acoustic version of “Fake Plastic Trees” is on the Clueless soundtrack (of all movies!)

  • Zan

    Here’s an interesting mix:

    Steady On” by Storyhill

    The King James Bible

  • http://coinz.org Shane

    Good work busting the page out, Coley… Maybe you could you find a longer link next time. ;)

  • http://owensoft.net owen

    song: “paint it black” by the Rolling Stones

    book: the bible (since I have wanted to read that many books yet alone read twice)

    new found respect for dooce’s audience you have trained them well dooce. answer the damn question and they answer, I want some dooce DNA.

  • http://n/a moose

    Coley, that was a very good piece. I can’t get the grin off my face.

    Lordtalixx, someone mentioned a diary, which is like a blank book but not the same. You and I won’t get bored. (What do you do when you fill it up? You read it, duh.)

    And I’m still going to make my own music, even if I don’t get to take a guitar. It’s amazing what sounds one can make with the human body. ?! I can’t believe I just said that.

  • Scott M.

    Book: Lolita by Nabokov
    Song: Here Come the Warm Jets by Eno

  • da

    how many of us are choosing books that we “should” take instead of what we would like to take? why take a book you’ve been meaning to read, what if it sucks? do this for yourself, not future generations, fuck’em, if i like bloom county cartoons and rock and roll then thats what i am passing along, not william goddamm shakespeare and beethoven.

  • Rex

    I’m sure this is hard to believe, but some people actually like Shakespeare and Beethoven.

  • http://hesitatingbeauty.blogspot.com pelican

    This is all a ploy to see how long we can go on without Dooce.

    Or else…

    Has Her Heinousness struck again?!

  • http://www.talkingcrow.com/blog/ rosebaby

    I love some of you for your choices.

    I can’t pick either one.

    today, I’ll just go with…

    song: martha’s mantra – by neil halstead

    book: follies and grottoes

  • http://www.talkingcrow.com/blog/ rosebaby

    p.s. tomorrow it will be:

    mozart’s concerto in c-major for oboe / norton anthology of poetry

  • http://keurigirl.diaryland.com Stephanie

    Since you guys are taking damn near everything, I think I will take nothing, and borrow from you. :)

  • http://www.spintech.com.au RegisteredTrademark

    Heroes – David Bowie
    The Princess Bride – William Golding

  • http://www.bigmuff.com eppel

    song(1 song is not fair so i won’t do it!): Cortez the Killer, Neil Young
    Joe the Lion: David Bowie
    Debaser!: Pixies
    Release my Heart: The Black Heart Procession
    Winter: The Rolling Stones
    Bury Me: The Smashing Pumpkins
    Say Yes: Elliott Smith
    Jackie Wilson Said: Van Morrison
    Mogwai Fear Satan: Mogwai
    I love you Porgy: Nina Simone
    Black: Nina Simone
    Don’t Let me Down: The Beatles
    State Trooper: Bruce Springsteen
    So Far Away: Carole King
    Nostalgia Guajira: Guillermo Portables
    China Girl: Iggy Pop
    Spell: Patti Smith
    Boat of Car: They Might be Giants
    Johnsburg, Illinois: Tom Waits
    Jesus, etc.:Wilco
    misunderstood: Wilco
    Big Day Coming: Yo La Tengo
    The Only Living Boy in New York: Simon and Garfunkel
    Spinning Away: Brian Eno and John Cale
    I Got a Woman: Elvis
    Into my Arms: Nick Cave
    Satin Doll: Duke Ellington
    Everybody Here Wants You: Jeff Buckley
    Summertime: Miles Davis
    Like Dylan in the Movies: Belle and Sebastian
    Listening Wind: Talking Heads

    book(1 book is not fair, so I won’t do it!): The Lord of the Rings (although in 3 volumes, it is 1 book as J double R says himself in the prologue)
    American Pastoral: Philip Roth
    Tropic of Cancer: Henry Miller
    The World According to Garp: John Irving
    Anna Karenina: Leo Tolstoy
    The Trial: Franz Kafka
    Crime and Punishment: Fyodor Dostoevsky
    The Sun Also Rises: Ernest Hemingway
    1984: George Orwell

    O.K., O.K. I’ll take Neil Young and Tolkein if I really have to choose.

  • Kelli

    Song: In Your Arms Tonight – From Hedwig and the Angry Inch

    Book: Neverwhere – Neil Gaiman

  • Your Correction Officer

    # 1!!!

  • http://www.jzip.org/ adamsj

    Song: “Sweet Thing”, by Van Morrison

    Book: “Sometimes A Great Notion”, Ken Kesey

    That sure was easy, except that it was so hard.

  • http://www.darthmiles.com da

    “one” by U2

    “i’m just here for the food” by Alton Brown

  • dex

    song: lose you – pete yorn
    book: microserfs – douglas coupland

  • http://www.paulgutman.net Paul Gutman

    Book: Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace, so that I actually have the time to read it and the incentive to stick with it.

    Song: Blue Skies by BT, featuring Tori Amos. Because it just doesn’t get old.

    Also, in honor of Dooce’s Day O’ Liberation, my paper on blogging and employment law is officially submitted to the Columbia Journal of Law and Arts, and since it was almost 95% inspired by Dooce’s experience, I feel the need to share it.


    Enjoy, or not, as you see fit.