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Happy Dooce Got Fired Day

A year ago today I got fired from my job because of my website. And I thought that instead of celebrating with vindictive destructive behavior, like asking everyone to write an email to Her Heinousness inquiring about her recent botox injections, how about I resurrect a past Dooce challenge that many of you may have missed the first time around.

In its former incarnation the challenge consisted of choosing 12 songs and 1 book you’d take with you if you had to flee a nuclear holocaust and/or a second term with George W. And as I got thinking about it, I realized that 12 songs is just too easy. What this challenge needs is a Sophie’s Choice type dilemma: do you choose the socially responsible Bob Dylan song or the Marvin Gaye song that signifies the lusty implosion of your innocence? Could you live with yourself if you forsook the Bee Gees? Choices, people, choices.

I’ll go first, and this was seriously fucking hard:

“Tupelo Honey” by Van Morrison

Everyone Poops by Taro Gomi

  • rosebaby

    2003/02/27 at 10:13 am

    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

  • rosebaby

    2003/02/27 at 10:14 am

    p.s. tomorrow it will be:

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

  • Stephanie

    2003/02/27 at 10:15 am

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

  • RegisteredTrademark

    2003/03/13 at 9:54 am

    Heroes – David Bowie
    The Princess Bride – William Golding

  • eppel

    2003/03/15 at 6:46 am

    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

    2003/04/04 at 9:19 pm

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

    Book: Neverwhere – Neil Gaiman

  • adamsj

    2003/05/20 at 11:32 am

    Song: “Sweet Thing”, by Van Morrison

    Book: “Sometimes A Great Notion”, Ken Kesey

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

  • dex

    2003/06/23 at 12:56 pm

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

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Hi. I’m Heather B. Armstrong, and this used to be called mommy blogging. But then they started calling it Influencer Marketing: hashtag ad, hashtag sponsored, hashtag you know you want me to slap your product on my kid and exploit her for millions and millions of dollars. That’s how this shit works. Now? Well… sit back, buckle up, and enjoy the ride.

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