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Edith Piaf
Omara Portundo, "the Cuban Edith Piaf"
Charlie Pride, for songs like "Does my ring hurt your finger?"
payphones that work
Precious Bane, by Mary Webb, because nobody has ever heard of it, and because it's about a woman with a harelip who finds true love even though her village thinks she's a witch; but her beloved knows that there's more to her than her harelip
Grace Paley
Charlie Parker
Dorothy Parker, for screenplays, poems, reviews, and quips like: "This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force" and "It serves me right for putting all my eggs in one bastard."
Dolly Parton, because she writes her own music and has the best voice in country music
Marcel Proust
Pez dispensers
Pickles—half sour
The Portrait of a Lady, by Henry James
The Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man, by James Joyce
pie, but especially pecan pie
"Peer Gynt," by Edvard Grieg
Prince, as he's once again known
playing pool
Thomas Pynchon
Edgar Allen Poe
papier mâché—if you haven't tried it in a while, you should
"Paint it Black," by The Rolling Stones
Point Reyes, California
Arturo Perez-Reverte, a wonderful Spanish author of a few bestsellers
Richard Pryor
Louis Prima
Ann Patchett, author of The Magician's Assistant, a great novel about love, magic, and L.A.
Katherine Anne Porter
the Pogues
Francine Prose, for all her books and dry wit, including the new novel Blue Angel which skewers political correctness
The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver
The Pink Martinis
John Prine, especially the Duets album
Parenthood, with Steve Martin & Diane Wiest
Pride & Prejudice and Persuasion—the Jane Austen novels, and the BBC miniseries of the former and the 1995 film of the latter
The Philadelphia Story, with Cary Grant, Katherine Hepburn, and Jimmy Stewart
Walker Percy's The Moviegoer
Possession, by A.S. Byatt
The Police—the musical group, not the government agency
Giacomo Puccini, especially for Madame Butterfly
Alexander Pushkin
"Puff the Magic Dragon," by Peter, Paul & Mary

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