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Wallace Stegner
Self-Help, by Lorrie Moore
Laurence Sterne
Superman, with Christopher Reeve and Marlon Brando—so bad it's good
Bessie Smith
Wole Soyinka
skinny dipping
Swimming to Cambodia, by Spalding Gray
Singing in the Rain
Stone Temple Pilots
Samantha Schoech
Shmaltz Brewing Company, makers of He'brew The Chosen Beer
Gertrude Stein
Nina Simone
The Simpsons
Paul Simon, bow-tie wearing former senator from Illinois and unsuccessful candidate for the 1988 Democratic presidential nomination
Simon & Garfunkel
Simple Stories, by Ingo Schulze
Tim Sandlin, author of Skipped Parts, Sorrow Floats and Social Blunder
Preston Sturges
Song of Solomon, by Toni Morrison
The Song of Songs
The Song of the Lark, by Willa Cather
Saturday Night Live—the classics with Bill Murray, John Belushi, Gilda Radner, Dana Carvey, Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy
Saturday Night Fever
Igor Stravinsky
string cheese
Muriel Spark, for The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
the smell of sage
"Send in the Clowns"
Send Me No Flowers, 1964 Norman Jewison film with Doris Day, Rock Hudson, and Tony Randall (funny)
Spinal Tap
Wallace Stevens
Sun magazine
The Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway
"Spinning Wheel," by Blood, Sweat & Tears
Paul Scott, author of The Raj Quartet (adapted into a very good miniseries, "The Jewel in the Crown")
Sunday mornings
sipping martinis
Gary Soto
San Francisco
Sentimental Education, by Gustave Flaubert
Alexander Solzhenitsyn
Speaking in Tongues, by The Talking Heads
second dates
"Shelter From the Storm," by Bob Dylan
skipping class
"A Small Good Thing," by Raymond Carver
Something Wild, with Ray Liotta, Jeff Daniels, and Melanie Griffith
"Something" by George Harrison
Some Came Running, 1958 film directed by Vincente Minnelli with Shirley MacLaine, Frank Sinatra, and Dean Martin
"Stickeen," an essay by John Muir
The Subterraneans, by Jack Kerouac
Camille Saint-Saens
Edward Said, for his memoir and works on music, literature, and cultural theory
sample sales
strong coffee
Martin Scorsese
Sister Sledge
The Spy Who Came in From the Cold, by John le Carré
The Spy Who Shagged Me, with Mike Myers
Bruce Springsteen
Ron Suskind, author of A Hope in the Unseen, a book chronicling the life of Cedric Jennings, from an urban high school in D.C. to Brown University
Second Avenue Deli in New York City
Oliver Sacks
William Styron, for Darkness Visible about his bouts with depression and for Sophie's Choice
Alfred Steiglitz
Henryk Sienkewicz, author of historical novels likeQuo Vadis and the 16th century Polish trilogy, Fire in the Steppe, The Deluge, and Pan Michael
short stories
J.D. Salinger
Sam Shepard
A Streetcar Named Desire

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