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Hello Humans. Welcome to edition 4 of What your favorite Disney Dude says about you. My resources are plentiful, and have I got some dudes for you.

Hades

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I’ve certainly got something going for me in the hair department

If you like Hades, your favorite female villain is probably Yzma. You’ve got a thing for men of their word, even if it means bad stuff is going to go down. You like blue hair and flames and go to a lot of raves. Class, sass, and weird chins: Hades does it for you. Your favorite Shakespeare play is Macbeth. (Trust me on this one).

Kuzco

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You like making an entrance. You would date David Spade. You rock a lot of weird sandals. You like flashy things like summer homes and pools and you don’t care what it takes or who you hurt to get it. You like a project. You’re fine with trying to get a flashy self-centered guy to notice you. Just try to avoid dating f-boys in the future k?

Bernard

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OG precious cinnaonmon roll

You know what, I am 0% worried about you. You like adorable creampuffs who are devoted to you in the cutest way possible. Your ideal partner is someone kind-hearted and is willing to face their fears if it means getting to be by your side. Your favorite actor is Sean Astin.

Kocoum

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Now remember kids, only you can prevent forest fires.

You go to a lot of music festivals and are still rocking the feather trend years after it’s ok. You like mega serious guys devoted to cultural integrity. Your man is fit from running around the woods and other hobbies involving nature. He probably has never seen a gym. That’s why everyone marvels at his impressive physique and tribal tattoos. You are really into the half-shaved skrillex  hair look on either gender.

(Something I learned during research for this post: the internet loves Kocoum).

 

Pacha 

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These hills sing

You enjoy John Goodman films and are just looking for a nice dad for your kids (future kids? Current kids? Either one). You appreciate someone who owns hand carved mahogany and provides your with plenty of alpaca wool. You’re into that folksy peasant look.

Kenai 

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Aladdin: 2003 edition

You love bears, and camping. Or maybe you like glamping, I don’t know you do you. You probably also just really like Joaquin Phoenix. You appreciate sibling revelry and someone who is as devoted to their family and their adopted family as they are to you. Your dream vacation is an Alaskan cruise. You pride yourself on how woke you are but maybe you might have to learn you’re not as woke as you think.

Captain Hook

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Actual Codfish

You are fabulous and enjoy hats, shaving, and yelling at people named Smee. You have a vendetta against a magical 12 year old. You know what I can’t get behind this unless you’re talking about the new and improved Hook on Disney Soap Opera: Once Upon a Time.

You’re into tortured souls, Irishmen, accents, perma-stubble, pirates, gratuitous v-necks, and GUY-LINER. (Read in Stefon from SNL’s voice). I don’t have much else to say. This Hook slays me.

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Thank you Tumblr. I will see myself out now.

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Well internet. We did it. We found a new scapegoat in a post-hipster man-bun world.

Humans. Hello. We need to stop categorizing each other and tearing whole generations down. People have as little control over what year they were born in as they do their race or sexual orientation. If I have to read or see one more millennial bashing article (especially a self-hate one written by other millennials) I’m going to eat my snapback hat on artisanal bread with avocado.

Are millennials different than previous generations? Sure. Others have delved into that more eloquently and deeply than I.

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Or use Google 

But every generation is different. Each new group of people is unique and should be. If we weren’t continuing to grow and change as humans, that would be a problem. And some of the greatest generations have been enterprising advocates for change. Like the Revolutionary generation, or the WWII generation.

Are some of us maybe spoiled? Yes. Stereotypes exist for a reason after all. I will admit to being addicted to twitter, coffee, and my daily rants about the patriarchy like any good 20-something woman. But I, like others of my generation are more than those things. We are living, breathing humans in this world struggling to make it in this weird changing economic, political and planetary climate.

For every Kardashian and reality TV star wackadoo, I raise you a Taylor Swift, a Hannah Hart, a Tyler Oakley, an Anna Kendrick. These are creative people creating new ways to be hardworking and build your own self-made brand. We don’t live in a world anymore where you can only be successful working at the same company or firm for 50 years as an engineer or a lawyer. (No offense to those very valid career options). But I dub the millennial generation as the rise of the creator, the artist. With so many new places to share and create in this connected world, you can achieve your dreams and share your talents with the world. And even collaborate!

Our role models who are helping pave the way, those at the cusp between Gen X and Gen Y, the Vlogbrothers and Lin-Manuel Mirandas (heck even the Tina Feys who are solid Gen X-ers) of the world, prove that you can build a brand for yourself through perseverance, hard work, and a little bit of the American Dream.

So Humans. Let’s agree to stop tearing each other down when we should be working together inter-generationally to keep making this planet an even better place to live.

Are these songs all love songs? Not really. Just the songs I’ve been listening to recently and some of them happen to be about love of all different kinds. A lot of them I just particularly love because of the artists who wrote/perform them.  I spent my V-day with a cold and watching movies with my teenage cousins. Not a bad day overall.

  1. What about Love? by Heart

80s power ballads are where it’s at man. So many feels man in such an epic format. Also the 80s had so many rad girl bands. Bring it!

What about love?
Don’t you want someone to care about you?
And what about love?
Don’t let it slip away
What about love?
I only want to share it with you
You might need it someday

2. Down 4 So Long by ILoveMakonnen featuring Despot and Ezra Koenig

I heard this on Ezra’s itunes radio show and fell in love. I think I just love Ezra too much. Usually songs with too many people “feat-ing” on it are no, but I really like the verses on this one, Ezra’s guest verse goes all over the place and it’s an enjoyable ride. This song is just too smooth.

“I hate myself, I think Americans are whack, but other countries leave me feeling weird like afternoon naps.”

Ain’t that the truth, Ezra.

3. The Shade, by Metric

This song is more of a summer jam but I’ve been listening to it lately in hopes of warmer times soon I guess? The Groundhog predicted an early spring. But I live in the Midwest so who knows. I just like the feeling of this song. She wants it all. She’s ready to commit. Plus it has a great beat.

With eternal love, the stars above
All there is and ever was
I want it all, I want it all

4. The Predatory Wasp of the Palisades Is Out To Get Us! by Sufjan Stevens

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Probably one of my favorite Sufjan songs of all time and that is saying a lot because I love him so much and he is the dreamiest. Great lyrics and storytelling as always, Suf gives us a story of childhood friends and childhood love. So simple. So pure.

Thinking outrageously I write in cursive
I hide in my bed with the lights on the floor

5. Unbelievers, by Vampire Weekend

I listen to this song all the time, every time, in all of the times of year. But for some reason I’ve been listening to it the most lately. It’s just one of my most favorite Vampire Weekend songs. Ezra puts so much emotion into the vocals in this one. I also love the mix of Irish instrumentation in this song. It makes me look ahead to March, and St. Patrick’s day on the horizon and celebrating my heritage and spring.

6. Sweet Thing, by David Bowie

The live version of this is bae, to use teen speak. The lyrics are great and I just like how smooth and beautiful it is. Bowie is great. I also love how this song connects with the Candidate song and Sweet Thing reprise on the Diamond Dogs album. I love when songs connect. It needs to happen more.

I’m glad that you’re older than me
Makes me feel important and free
Does that make you smile, isn’t that me?
I’m in your way, and I’ll steal every moment

7. All I Want Is You, Barry Louis Polisar

Song I fell in love with on the Juno soundtrack and is just the cutest weird love song and no one can stop me from loving it.

8. Have I the Right, by Vampire Weekend

This is a cover of the Honeycombs, a British band who originally released this song in 1964. I feel like Vampire Weekend are the perfect group to cover it, since it’s such a fun song and they are a fun band. Ezra’s vocals are the best, as always.

9. There is a Light that Never Goes Out, by the Smiths

Ahh emo Smiths love song but I can’t help it. And it’s on the 500 Days of Summer soundtrack so that makes it extra good. “To die by your side is such a heavenly way to die.” Quote that line to any self-respecting hipster you are crushing on and they are putty in your hands I guess?

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10. Piazza New York Catcher, by Belle and Sebastian

This song this song this song. I love it so much, the lyrics, and the folky strumming of the guitar are so choice. I think what I love most about it is it’s simplicity and yet the lyrics are incredibly complex. Lyrics genius that stuff.

Elope with me Ms. Private and we’ll sail around the world
I will be your Ferdinand and you my wayward girl
How many nights of talking in hotel rooms can you take
How many nights of limping round on pagan holidays
Oh elope with me in private and we’ll set something ablaze
A trail for the devil to erase

11. Sweet Jane, by The Velvet Underground

Probably my favorite Velvet Underground song. This playlist today is just full of all my most favorites. The beat of this song is so great and I love jamming out to it. And the lyrics are my fave. Especially this one: “All the poets studied rules of verse
And those ladies they rolled their eyes.”

So Buzzfeed posted this list last week about songs you will remember if you were in college from 2007-2011. This is my milieu, but as ridiculously specific Buzzfeed has become I could not relate to this pop chart list. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not some hipster hater, I remember all of these songs, especially Lady Gaga. (Because I hated her at the time, now I think she’s cool but it’s not like I want to go pick out curtains or anything). What I’m saying is they did not evoke fond warm college memories for me. I really think your musical journey is your own, especially in college, and if you were just listening to whatever happened to be release during those four years, well I feel bad for you. We live in an age where it is so easy to find and explore music that is new to you. I think finding music that speaks to you especially during the college years is such a beautiful and profound journey every young person should go through.

So without further ado, I bring you my influential college musical finds. Some of them came out when I was in college, others did not, but I discovered them at this time.

Freshman year:

My musical taste at this point kind of sounded like a cross between music you’d hear in an American Eagle Outfitters and Apple Commercials. Basically late 00’s alt/indie rock. I was really into Dashboard Confessional, Jimmy Eat World, The Killers, Metric, Ok Go, Hot Hot Heat, Weezer, Relient K, and Tegan and Sara. (see links for notable songs by these artists).

Then my life changed when I heard 1234 by Feist on an apple commercial and watched the music video and discovered the rest of the album. I remember singing it on the way to take my French final. During the Winter semester of that year was when my musical life changed again. I saw Juno and immediately purchased the soundtrack. Discovering Kimya Dawon, The Moldy Peaches, and more importantly Belle and Sebastian.

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Ellen Page slayed in this film

The winter of 08 was also when Vampire Weekend’s first titular album came out and my life changed forever. Literate Indie rock with afro-pop influences? FOREVER YES. That whole first album was amazing. As an English major, I do give a f*** about an Oxford Comma. Pretty sure Ezra Koenig does too, considering he was an English teacher before the band took off.

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Baby Ezra Koenig you made my life

Sophomore Year:

This Fall was when my 80s New Wave phase began. I was listening to a lot of Tears for Fears, Echo and the Bunnymen, Flock of Seagulls, and Modern English.

It was also when The Killers album Day and Age came out. The single from that album was Human, and it made all us indie rockers wonder whether we were human or are we dancer. Stylistically and musically, this album fit nicely in with my new wave phase. I also remember listening to the Sawdust album by the Killers a lot during this time. Tranquilize featuring Lou Reed was my favorite on that album.

 

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Brandon Flowers was rocking feathers before the all the indie basics at Coachella

That spring I got super into Arcade Fire, MGMT, Chairlift, The Fruitbats, and the Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist Soundtrack.

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Kat Dennings slayed in this. Proving that Michael Cera will be upstaged by every woman who is in a film with him.

Junior Year:

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JGL and Zooey slayed equally in this film.

This was the definitive year where I really started to become the person I am today musically. I was super into Peter, Bjorn and John particularly the Writer’s Block album, the 500 Days of Summer Soundtrack, Simon and GarfunkelBon Iver, She & HimFleet Foxes, Passion Pit, …and SUFJAN STEVENS. Sufjan is very important. He is the core of my musical taste.

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Perfect Indie Dreamboat. Usually seen with a banjo. 

Winter 2k10 was when Vampire Weekend’s second album, Contra, came out. I got very into Belle and Sebastian, particular 90s Belle and Sebastian and then the Write About Love album that came out that year, and Grizzly Bear at this time too.

Remember Hipster Runoff? The site where Carles talked about relevant indie buzzbands? Well the site was bought last year, so I can’t link to it, but I remember reading that site a lot because they skewered a lot of indie music culture in funny and relevant ways. I remember there was a post about who was the best indie dreamboat, Sufjan Stevens or Ezra Koenig. I kid you not. Maybe there were a couple other guys in there but I remember it because I was like yes! I can’t decide either!

The choice is up to you. But now I’d have to say Ezra, he rocks a nice sweater while Sufjan prefers that bro-dude look. Ezra would also be able to have a normal conversation and talk about books with you. Sufjan probably would make you tea and then forget he made it because he was busy crocheting and hiding from the world.

Senior Year:

This was the year I got really into Bowie, I started off with the Best of Bowie album and took off from there. I also finally got around to seeing the movie Once and became obsessed with the soundtrack. Sufjan released two albums that year The Age of Adz and All Delighted People. I was obsessed with both. I enjoyed the Scott Pilgrim movie soundtrack, once again where Michael Cera was upstaged by everyone else in the film. Metric did a great song on there for the fictional Clash at Demonhead. I also had my Radiohead phase at this time.

Arcade Fire released Suburbs and won a Grammy for it, much to the chagrin of the internet Twidiots. Iron and Wine’s Kiss Each Other Clean came out, I saw them live on my last day of classes and it was glorious. Right after I graduated, Fleet Foxes released Helplessness Blues, the perfect album for my post-grad ennui.

There you have it. My musical road through my undergraduate collegiate years.

 

This week’s list is brought to you by St. Vincent and others who make me less stressed as first semester comes to a close and second semester begins. How do I make my lists? Songs just find me and I become attached to them. And they help me. It’s a good relationship. (Only one Bowie song this week, what!).

  1. FourFive Seconds, Rhianna, Kanye West, Paul McCartney

So I know this song came out, a year ago. My reasons for getting into it now are a)even thought I’m a High School teacher I don’t always know what the kids are into these days. (My kids talk to me at lunch about Lou Reed and Grimes, what do other people talk about in school?). b) I’m so entrenched in hipster indie land and I know this is a problem. I can’t always just think about avocados and listening to Sufjan Stevens while crying (Carrie and Lowell’s release was a darkly whimsical time in my life). But, on Time Crisis with Ezra Koenig, he mentioned that Dave Longstreth of the Dirty Projectors helped write it. And you can tell by the very Dirty Projectors way Rhianna sings the bridge. Rhianna is great on this track. Kanye continues to be the most ridiculous human to human but he is talented, I will give him that. Normally I think so many people working on a track can have a too many cooks effect but this song is stellar. More collabs from these people please.

And I know that you’re up tonight
Thinkin’ how could I be so selfish
But you called bout a thousand times wondering where I been
Now I know that you’re up tonight
Thinkin’ how could I be so reckless
But I just can’t apologize, I hope you can understand

2. Fool for Love, by Lord Huron

This is such a great folky jam. I had the pleasure of seeing this band at Lollapalooza over the summer. This band is based out of LA but I love that they still nod to the midwest with their name Lord Huron. The band founder used to vacation on Lake Huron as a kid and he took inspiration from it.

3. Teenage Wildlife, by David Bowie

From the underrated Scary Monsters and Super Creeps album, this song has a killer beat. It just goes on and on in a ballady 80s way we don’t usually see from Bowie except for maybe on the Heroes album. The lyrics are great too. I like to imagine this as the theme song to my 80s/90s sitcom parody tv show of my life as an English teacher. It features cheesy white font graphics of the actors names impose on freeze frames of them turning around and crossing their arms and smirking.

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Something like this. 

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Did you know he was on later seasons of Growing Pains? I did.

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See like this except more smirking and irony.

3. Teenage Talk, by St. Vincent

St. Vincent, aka Annie Clark, got her start singing with Sufjan so I’m super inclined to like her. She does mellow and also does crazy electro-rock like on her 2014 self-title album. Her voice is just really beautiful and I love her so much. She recorded this song last year for Season 4 of Girls, which is ehhh I guess.

4. Cruel, by St. Vincent

Another great beat and some pretty vocals from St. Vincent.

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She’s also a gorgeous curly head. 

5. Cheerleader, by St. Vincent

This song is so hypnotic and mesmerizing and I like it a lot better than that other cheerleader song that was so popular last summer. The chorus of IIIIIIIIIIIIIIII don’t wanna be your cheerleader no more, is so beautiful and I can’t get enough.

6. Marry Me, by St. Vincent

So this song is from her debut album and the title comes from Maeby Funke’s “Marry me!” line on Arrested Development. Which is a fun fact that adds to the greatness of a sweet romantic sounding song that’s actually about the narrator of the song having control over her partner, which is an interesting subversion.

7. What Me Worry? by St. Vincent

This song again has that strange hypnotically beautiful tone of a lot of St. Vincent’s early work. Her first album definitely has a Space Oddity vibe. This one particularly sounds like an old French crooner type song.

8. Peggy Gordon, Traditional. 

A traditional Irish tune, I’ve been listening to two different versions. One linked above, by the Corrs. The second is a rendition by The Chieftains with the Secret Sisters, from the Voice of Ages album. (Which I highly recommend). Basically the song is from the point of view of a guy who is annoyed that Peggy is friendzoning him. (Hate that term). Maybe she’s just not interested guy? But I really like both these versions, sung by women. I guess one of the things I really like about Irish songs is that they are really open to any gender singing them. It’s one of the few older cultures that had that whole men and women are equal thing down way before feminism was a thing. Thus the stereotype of the fiery Irish woman I guess.

Analysis? I’ve been listening to a lot of female powered bizarre love song, youth empowerment songs. Why? It’s just what soothes my soul this week, man.

 

 

In order to continue with Update my Blog More Project of 2K16, I’ve been trying to think of things to write about that people want to read. Not every post can be a Bowie eulogy. (And I never want to have to write something like it again).

I’m a smart educated woman! It shouldn’t be hard. I have smart and good things I need to be sharing more eloquently and with more people than just my Twitter followers.

I thought I would go back to my roots and how I used to write about the music I was into when I was younger. So here’s what I’ve been rocking out to this week while I make 3rd Quarter lesson plans.

  1. Satellite of Love, by Lou Reed

This song has great rhythm and I love the Bowie vocals at the end (shocker). I also love the way Lou says “I love to watch things on TV.” Something about the inflection is enjoyable. Sometimes his musical delivery reminds me of a Sesame Street character and this is an instance of that.

2. Young Americans, by David Bowie

Honestly I’ve been listening to this whole album. Bowie’s philly soul/Thin White Duke era is very compelling. This record is just full of great funky jams. This titular one especially. Fun fact: it plays in Sixteen Candles when the family is all crazy trying to get to the older sister’s wedding. John Hughes soundtracks are so choice.

3. Pedestrian at Best, by Courtney Barnett

A new 2015 song, Courtney is an Australian singer-songwriter. This song has a killer beat and she sings very deadpan angsty lyrics and it’s so wonderful.  The line: “put me on a pedestal and I’ll only disappoint you” is probably my favorite. Check her out. She is fab.

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Plus, look how cute she is. 

4. Fascination, by David Bowie

Also from the Young Americans album. This song is so funky and I just want to dance and jam to it. It’s the 70’s in one song. Fun fact: I dance a lot like this:

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5. Station to Station, by David Bowie

This album is fabulous and fantastic and perfection of Thin White Duke Bowie. This song, of all the ones on this album can be described as cocaine the song. The album was the transition between Young Americans and the German period trilogy of albums. Germany was were he went to quit drugs et al. Later he said he had no memory of making this album. Don’t do drugs, stay in school kids, unless you’re Bowie I guess? Yeah that’s a terrible message. Make good choices. A good choice would be to listen to this song because it is great and all over the place and it’s 10:15 minutes long but I enjoy every bit of it.

Once there were mountains on mountains
And once there were sunbirds
to soar with
And once I could
never be down
Got to keep searching
and searching
Oh what will I be believing
and who will connect me with love?

-Bowie, Station to Station

6. Vicious, by Lou Reed

Andy Warhol asked Lou to write a song about being vicious like “Oh, you know, vicious like I hit you with a flower.” So he turned that into a lyrics and here is the resulting song. Conversations among artists are weird yet make so much sense.

7. Golden Years, by David Bowie

Golden years whop whop whop. This song is just a lot of jammy fun and is also from the Station to Station album. It tends to be the one people most remember from that era. Fave lyric: “Doing all right, but you gotta get smart.” I just like the way he sings smart and the song is really building upon itself at that point.

8. TVC15, by David Bowie

This is a trippy song about a TV eating someone’s girlfriend. I do not joke about these things. The 70’s were a different time. But the beat is jovial and it’s really just a great song.

9. Downtown by Macklemore and feat-ing a lot of other people I suppose.

This is the stupidest song I’ve ever loved. It’s just really catchy even it if is by ridiculous Macklemore et al and about a stupid moped.

10. Walking on Broken Glass, by Annie Lennox

I HAVE SO MUCH LOVE FOR ANNIE LENNOX. And this song is my favorite to blare while I get things done. It’s number one on my “Cait’s Productivity Jams 2K16” playlist.

 

Well those are my jams this week. Enjoy. Comment if you liked it. I hope to make this a weekly thing since sharing music is a joy of mine.

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Enjoy your life

 

Everyone loves a good challenge. Especially New Year’s ones. Being the English and Art teacher nerd that I am I decided to do more of both things. I’ve made a list of books I’d like to read this year and to hold myself accountable I’ve signed up for a few reading challenges on goodreads.com and within the blogosphere.

After reading Anna Karenina last year I realized I can do anything. So I’ve signed up for a challenge called “The Chunkster Challenge.” Essentially you just have to read some big books this year.

Here’s my list for that challenge:

Ulysses, by James Joyce

Midnight’s Chlidren by Salman Rushdie

The Goldfinch, by Donna Tart

IQ84 by Haruki Murakami

The Illuminaries, by Eleanor Catton

The Silmarillion, by JRR Tolkien. (Tried this one as a wee 13 year old. Maybe this time will be better?)

And maybe trying Game of Thrones and Finnegan’s Wake again if I’m feeling frisky. Fun fact, big book that no one should read: Clarissa by Samuel Richardson. I attempted for a class in college. No one finished. Our professor didn’t expect us to though.

Another challenge I’m doing is the Back to Classics Challenge 2015.

Here is my list for that challenge in each category.

1.  A 19th Century Classic: Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. (I have a passionate love-hate relationship with Jane Eyre and Charlotte Bronte so we’ll see how this one goes). 

2.  A 20th Century Classic: Brideshead Revisited, by Evelyn Waugh

3.  A Classic by a Woman Author: The Age of Inoncence, by Edith Wharton

4.  A Classic in Translation: The Sorrows of Young Werther, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

5.  A Very Long Classic Novel: Ulysses, by James Joyce (I’m double-dipping from the Chunkster Challenge. Sue me.)

6.  A Classic Novella: Candide, by Voltaire

7.  A Classic with a Person’s Name in the Title: The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde

8.  A Humorous or Satirical Classic: On the Road, by Jack Kerouac. (I find the Beats humorous).

9.  A Forgotten Classic: To Have and Have Not, by Ernest Hemingway

10.  A Nonfiction Classic: A Moveable Feast, by Ernest Hemingway

11.  A Classic Children’s Book: The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton

12.  A Classic Play: Whichever Shakespeare I didn’t read in college.