affectation :: miscellany
stop and stare at the sea of smiles around you.  [phantom of the opera, 'masquerade']

The lists are, as a whole, in order of difficulty, from easiest to hardest to choose.  Naturally, the hardest-to-choose lists are also those that are most likely to change.  Check the source; I commented out runners-up.

Books:
  1. Burning Chrome, William Gibson
  2. Cryptonomicon, Neal Stephenson
  3. High Fidelity, Nick Hornby
  4. The Stars My Destination, Alfred Bester
  5. Idoru, William Gibson

Movies:
  1. Vanilla Sky
  2. High Fidelity
  3. Face/Off
  4. The Salton Sea
  5. Almost Famous

Albums [Counting Crows]:
  1. Recovering The Satellites
  2. Across A Wire - Live In New York
  3. August And Everything After
  4. This Desert Life
  5. Hard Candy

Albums [all]:
  1. Any Counting Crows album [if I didn't lump them together, they'd occupy the top six spots]
  2. Four Cornered Night, Jets To Brazil
  3. Lost And Gone Forever, Guster
  4. The Speed Of Trees, Ellis Paul
  5. Something To Write Home About, Get Up Kids

I started to do a top five songs list, but it was taking far too long.  If I ever get around to it, I'll make some specialized top five song lists.  For example: "Songs I sing in the shower", "Songs to commit crimes to", "Drinking songs", "Songs that make me want to fall in love".  That ought to be easier.

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