In the comments a while back, a guest named “Joe Giarratano” delivered the following challenge:
Someone list for me the BEST 3 books you ever read. Then list the BEST 3 politicians you have ever heard of, the BEST 3 movies you ever saw, and maybe even the 3 BEST blogs on the internet. I’m not finniky about the political leaning of any of the above, I just want to know what EXCITES you as being the VERY BEST of its kind. One risks a lot more when he does so.
It’s not a bad exercise, so I’ll go for it. I don’t really like the label of “best”, though, as that implies objective, rather than subjective choices. These are my three favorites in the given category (or three of my favorites; it’s very difficult to pick the absolute top three); whether they’re the “best” of that category is of course up for debate.
- Foucault’s Pendulum (Umberto Eco)
- Carter Beats the Devil (Glen David Gold)
- Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid (Douglas Hofstaeder)
- Al Gore
- Dennis Kucinich
- Howard Dean
- Star Wars
- Raiders of the Lost Ark
- Oil and Gold (Shriekback)
- Joy: 1969-1990 (Ultra Vivid Scene)
- Lifes Rich Pageant (REM)
- Usagi Yojimbo (Stan Sakai)
- Doom Patrol (Grant Morrison)
- Hellboy (Mike Mignola)
- Power Grid
- San Juan
- Magic: the Gathering
Things in Life Not Mentioned Above
- Doctor Who
What other categories do I need?