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Very Important Things

Carl Messenger
 
Aenima
Aenima
"Some weeks I listen to this every day.  Essential stuff - I can't remember what it was like to be me before I heard this."
Lateralus
Lateralus
"The next level.  Four years old and it still sounds generations ahead of eveything else.  If you haven't heard these 2 albums you technically have a disease.  Seek treatment here, now."
Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance: 25th Anniversary Edition
Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance: 25th Anniversary Edition
"I read this all the time.  Sometimes for the story, sometimes for the philosophical content.  Anyone who's ever gone a little 'cuckoo' will get a kick out of it.  Read it now."
The Catcher in the Rye
The Catcher in the Rye
"I read this when I was 18 in an afternoon and I haven't stopped reading since."
1984 Nineteen Eighty-Four
1984 Nineteen Eighty-Four
"I met lots of people who find this too slow.  They have a sickness.  Read it now."
Pink Moon
Pink Moon
"Heartbreakingly good.  This is the sound of genius kissing the world goodbye."
Adaptation [DVD] [2003]
Adaptation [DVD] [2003]
"I was crying with joy by the end of this.  Everytime I see it I get something new from it."
Goodfellas (2 Disc Special Edition) [1990] [DVD]
Goodfellas (2 Disc Special Edition) [1990] [DVD]
"I'm watching this right now, I forgot how good it was.  Swearing brought up to the level of poetry."
Play the Piano
Play the Piano
"Greatest title in the history of America Literature.  Ice cold."
Baudelaire: The Complete Verse: v. 1
Baudelaire: The Complete Verse: v. 1
"Arguably invented modern poetry.  A breath of fresh air."
The Godfather Trilogy (5 Disc Box Set) [DVD]
The Godfather Trilogy (5 Disc Box Set) [DVD]
"Ok, so the third one was a mistake, but for the sake of completeness you may as well get the whole thing.  The second one is my favourite, although I have several friends who disagree loudly."
The Dice Man
The Dice Man
"I think I was 17 when I read this, which was maybe too young.  I walked around dazed for about three months afterwards."
Time Of The Wolf [DVD] [2003]
Time Of The Wolf [DVD] [2003]
"Beautiful, sinister, horrific, uplifting.  Everything worth anything is contained in this film.  The best french thing ever."
A Season in Hell and Other Poems
A Season in Hell and Other Poems
"Writtten by a 19 year old?  Unreal."
The Fall (Penguin Modern Classics)
The Fall (Penguin Modern Classics)
"While I'm being a francophile...100% better than the Outsider."
A Love Supreme
A Love Supreme
"Mind blowing."
Being and Nothingness: An Essay on Phenomenological Ontology
Being and Nothingness: An Essay on Phenomenological Ontology
"Heavy going.  Anyone who says otherwise is a big fat liar.  Well worth the effort, however."
Being and Time
Being and Time
"While I'm talking about big, difficult books...again, worth it."
Phenomenology of Spirit (Galaxy Books)
Phenomenology of Spirit (Galaxy Books)
"And again.  Even if you can't agree with this, you have to admire the architecture of his system."
An Enquiry concerning Human Understanding (Oxford Philosophical Texts)
An Enquiry concerning Human Understanding (Oxford Philosophical Texts)
"More than anyone else, this guy is convincing."
Rage Against The Machine
Rage Against The Machine
"Enough philosophy, this is an insanely good album.  'You got a bullet in your head!!'"
No More Shall We Part
No More Shall We Part
"This is Nick Cave totally on top of his game."
Blood On The Tracks
Blood On The Tracks
"Some of these lyrics are sublime.  My mate Bill reckons the second half is a bit plodding.  He's an idiot - this is the best album Dylan ever made."
Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media
Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media
"The most terrifying thing I've ever read.  'It has to start someplace, it has to start sometime.  What better place than here, what better time than now?'"
Rant In E-Minor
Rant In E-Minor
"The king.  There was no one better than this guy."