These People

24 04 2013

In no particular order:

Paul Simon

Lyle Lovett

Amy Tan

Ani DiFranco

Jane Goodall

David Sedaris

Jon Stewart

Malcolm Gladwell

Helen Keller

Diane Rehm

Who you got?

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15 responses

25 04 2013

Studs Terkel
Leymah Gbowee
David Bowie
Nina Simone
Louis CK
George Carlin
Aung San Suu Kyi
David Isay
Nikki Giovanni
Thomas Friedman

25 04 2013
Semi-Feral Mama

I love your list, Sue. I don’t even know most of your people. Now I get to introduce myself to them. (Except David Bowie. I know David Bowie. He almost made my list as well.)

25 04 2013

I realize some of these are also on your list, but they absolutely needed to make my list too:
Joni Mitchell
W. Kamau Bell
Otis Redding
Paul Simon
Bill Bryson
David Sedaris
Olive Ann Burns
Wanda Sykes
Billie Holiday

25 04 2013

Oops, forgot Dave Eggers

25 04 2013
Semi-Feral Mama

Joni just missed my cut-off. And, YES, Wanda Sykes. I has some imaginary criteria about having to feel like I know their entire body of work before I could include them. Now you have some more people for me to research.

25 04 2013

I’ve got:
Arundhati Roy
Ryan Adams
Terry Gross
Ira Glass
Sam Cooke
Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Barbara Kingsolver
Ray LaMontagne
St. Sophia
Those three lions who guarded the girl in Ethiopia*

*I can use lions, right? The list is not just people?

1 05 2013
Semi-Feral Mama

I left Barbara Kingsolver off only because I have struggled with her last couple of books. But the love for her I felt when I first read Pigs in Heaven was pretty extreme. Yes, Ira Glass. I almost listed Terry Gross, but then I thought how much I love Fresh Air even when someone else is doing the interview – maybe it is her entire team.
What lions??? I think I need to go google.

1 05 2013


I haven’t loved all of Babs’ (I’ve read Poisonwood Bible so many times I feel I can call her that) work, but I love where she’s coming from. And honestly, Poisonwood Bible was *the* book for me, the one that validated so much of what I’d thought about the Christian faith, but never been allowed to question while growing up. It was like she wrote what I was thinking, and it somehow allowed me to still believe in God while having all the big questions I had (er, have).

Also, I agree about loving Fresh Air even when someone else is doing the interviews, but there’s just something about Terry Gross’s voice and speaking style that makes me feel at home.

26 04 2013

Andrew Solomon
Margaret Sanger
Jon Kabat-Zinn
Elie Wiesel
George Carlin
Noam Chomsky
Christopher Hitchens
Malcolm Gladwell
Howard Stern
Gloria Steinem

1 05 2013
Semi-Feral Mama

Howard Stern? Really? Some of these others I have never heard of. I am going to look them up. They better not all be chicken farmers.

2 05 2013

Yes, I like Howard Stern. I lived in NYC for ten years and listened faithfully to him and to so much talk radio. Coming from Illinois I had never been exposed to such fabulous radio. And Howard is multi-faceted despite what many people think of him. His interviews are the best.

28 04 2013

My deceased grandmother, Pee Wee Herman, Billie Holiday, Annie Dillard, Desmond Tutu, Bob Marley, Susan Rothenberg, Swoon, Salman Rushdie, Dalai Lama, Wangari Maathai. Gary Snyder, Thich Nhat Hanh, Jolie Holland, Frida Kahlo, Ghandi., Edward Abbey, Diane Arbus.

1 05 2013
Semi-Feral Mama

Wangari Maathai – I need to read more about that incredible woman. I have friends who worship Edward Abbey, I think I need to revisit. I love that your grandmother made the list.

28 04 2013

Pema Chodron.

6 05 2013

Stephen Colbert
Toni Morrison
Reel Big Fish from 1998
Abraham Verghese
Orson Scott Card
James Taylor
Joshua Bell
Renee Flemming

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