He's making a list, and checking it twice...
Lists of Five
(As of May 2, 1999)

Okay, I stole this idea wholesale from Mary Anne. She, in turn, got it from Jackie, who got it from Rob, who got it from Grace, in the House That Jack Built.

The question is this: If I were stranded on a desert island, with (sob!) no Internet connection, but could take five of the following with me, what would I take?

(These aren't all very literal.)


  • Lord of Light, by Roger Zelazny
  • Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott
  • The Hitchhiker Trilogy, by Douglas Adams (5 vol.)
  • The Westing Game, by Ellen Raskin
  • The Screwtape Letters, by C.S. Lewis
Star Trek Books:
  • The Romulan Way, by Diane Duane and Peter Morwood
  • The Final Reflection, by John M. Ford
  • My Enemy, My Ally, by Diane Duane
  • Best Destiny, by Diane Carey
  • Prime Directive, by Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens
Reference Books:
  • The Oxford Dictionary of the English Language
  • A Dictionary of Contemporary American Usage, by Evans and Evans
  • A Writer's Reference, by Diana Hacker
  • How to Write Irresistable Query Letters, by Lisa Collier Cool
  • Rhyme's Reason, by John Hollander
Authors of Children's Books:
  • Beverly Cleary
  • Dr. Seuss
  • E.L. Konigsburg
  • Gordon Korman
  • Louisa May Alcott
Comic Strips:
  • Calvin and Hobbes
  • For Better or For Worse
  • Doonesbury
  • Stone Soup
  • Peanuts
  • New York City
  • New York City
  • New York City
  • New York City
  • New York City -- why, are there others?
  • Les Miserables: The Complete Symphonic Recording
  • Harry Chapin: The Gold Medal Collection
  • Yanni: Live at the Acropolis
  • Debbie Gibson: Electric Youth
  • Alanis Morissette: Jagged Little Pill
  • The Princess Bride
  • Mary Poppins
  • Harriet the Spy
  • Little Women (Sarandon/Ryder version)
  • Smoke Signals
TV Shows:
  • The Muppet Show
  • The Simpsons
  • The Wonder Years
  • Monty Python's Flying Circus
  • Sesame Street
  • One of those insanely warm coats in the "Land's End" catalog, in navy blue.
  • My denim "Kellogg's Corn Flakes" jacket
  • Navy blue sweatpants
  • My long-sleeved tie-dyed pink, orange, purple, and white Gitano T-shirt
  • White Champion sneakers
  • Games
  • The New Yorker
  • Atlantic Monthly
  • Harper's
  • Esquire
  • Robert Herrick
  • Walt Whitman
  • Robert Frost
  • Samuel Hoffenstein
  • Carter Revard
  • Levenger's
  • Dadaleus Books
  • Signals/Wireless
  • Land's End
  • DAK (defunct, alas)
Radio Shows:
  • Idiot's Delight (Vin Scelsa, WNEW-FM)
  • This American Life
  • The CBS-FM Halloween show, hosted by Zacherle
  • The Fred Allen Show
  • Just a Minute (BBC World Service)
Places to Eat:
  • Bonker's Bagels (Zion Square, Jerusalem)
  • Dagan Pizza (Brooklyn, NY)
  • The hole-in-the-wall pita place I used to go to in Jerusalem
  • Burger Nosh (Cedarhurst -- defunct)
  • Carvel
  • Pastrami on rye (from Gourmet Glatt Emporium, in Cedarhurst, NY)
  • The utterly sinful deep chocolate cake I had at a friend's wedding in Baltimore a year back.
  • Extra-cheese pizza
  • Skippy Super Chunk peanut butter on hot toasted sandwich bread, with a tall glass of milk.
  • Kellogg's Corn Flakes
  • Stash Chai Spice (with milk and sugar)
  • Wissotzky Earl Grey (ditto)
  • Tropicana orange juice
  • Dr Pepper
  • NYC tap water
Wanna see anything more? Drop me a line.