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Saturday, March 10, 2012

Not The Desert Island Scenario!

Just finished Jill Ciment's 2005 novel "The Tattoo Artist"; it's a riveting read by a talented author with a lot on her mind. Forgive me, Jill: The ideas in your book deserve serious attention and conversation. But when I searched out Ta'un'uu & Tarawa in my Atlas and saw how isolated they are, I'm afraid I got stuck on something much more frivolous. I thought about how much I'd miss listening to music if I were as stranded as your narrator. I'm guessing you won't be happy where that led me next, so Jill, please stop reading. All others -proceed (caveat emptor).

Yes, a terrific book has led this dunce to the infamous "desert island" scenario, updated for the I-tunes era. Like Ciment's narrator, you will be on this speck in the South Pacific for 30 years. Which 20 songs would you want on the one CD you're allowed? OK, here's a bonus - if you send me an actual CD with your choices, I'll send you my CD; we can be on the island together. For anyone needing my mailing address, post a comment here and we'll figure something out. But I'll also be happy just knowing your 20.

Sorry Jill; loved your book.


  1. (1) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmtaw0fr0xI
    (2) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HgL7WCE-eZo
    (3) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HhajbgPOv6c
    (4) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1gxC0xpXd4
    (5) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FZ5cOhSQA0
    (6) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZS-HWIFyLsE
    (7) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=argqbrGB0hg
    (8) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=argqbrGB0hg
    (9) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EEKafa_viAM
    (10) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1LkBG5UVJ_Y
    (11) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxTWQD91b5c
    (12) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtja2d3594M
    (13) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4fk2prKnYnI&feature=fvsr
    (14) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZFA1_Obwok
    (15) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZ9WiuJPnNA
    (16) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EehSTgGF6W8
    (17) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8Aoy0RQzjk
    (18) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNYGXMnIGWs
    (19) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4US_On-YORw
    (20) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cuUMhkXoTsA

  2. Bonus tracks:
    (21) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Tyg5SJDpiQ
    (22) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21yFiTOTDt0
    (23) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQ72dp6dHJA
    (24) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HxOiiqleJuI
    (25) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TERqca6kjCM
    (26) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ne5aytjUdgg
    (27) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GqL94XRMvU
    (28) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5J6dvMDvQA
    (29) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4DV-5d6a5g
    (30) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utiosGC7RKc
    (31) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2GmzyeeXnQ