“The Billy Joel song, “You’re My Home” is not only the first song I ever learned the lyrics to, it’s also my parents wedding song. A tune that has always been something comfortable to turn to in times of doubt and insecurity, it’s always been there when I need it to be. The woman that Joel describes in that song is one that every man I know has either met and devoted their life to or is waiting for. Even as a youngster, the lyrics resonated with me and made ask for more out of love and the person I ultimately share my life with.”
Patrick Hickey Jr.
“Spongebob Squarepants! He always puts a smile on my face when I’m having a bad day.”
“I’m grateful for the best TV show that isn’t on TV: Every week, Doug Walker takes to the Internet as the host of “The Nostalgia Critic,” a blast from the past that pokes fun at everything from Nicktoons to Teddy Ruxpin. If nothing else, he’ll open your eyes to the fact that “Casper” doesn’t seem as fresh as it did in 1995.”
In Video Games
“The entire Fallout series. Throughout the years, this series has helped me keep my mind off of all the drama in the real world and become a part of one that needed me. A great escape is what all fantastic video games provide and none do it quite like this one. In spite of the post-apocalyptic setting, at times, you can’t help but smile thinking about how much humanity continues to strive on, even in the face of grave danger. This series isn’t just about politics and advanced weaponry, it’s about the human spirit.
Patrick Hickey Jr.
In Graphic Novels:
“Promethea” by Alan Moore — although less famous and controversial than its iconic cousin, “The Watchmen,” “Promethea” is long enough to explore a multitude of social and philosophical themes within the venerable pages of its five trades. Its characterization and plot are captivating but the real joy comes from Moore’s analysis of the metaphysical — there are entire segments that align human history to the Tarot deck and deal with the various worlds of the afterlife. It addresses the notions of authenticity, morality and a variety of other subjective themes in a fashion both entertaining and highly insightful. Then again, it’s written by Alan Moore, so there’s absolutely no reason to expect anything else.
Definitely has to be the brilliant Michael Caine. Not only was he part of the hit film “Inception” and played the lead role in “Harry Brown,” he also wrote “The Elephant to Hollywood” the follow up to his previously successful autobiography.
“Kanye West’s recovery from that whole Taylor Swift nonsense came in the form of a new album that arrived just in time for Thanksgiving, one that seems to be on its way to attaining “Sgt. Pepper” accolades. It means a lot to see him living up to his own hype, but maybe the biggest thing to be thankful for is knowing he’s gotten past his Auto-Tune phase.”
“‘Cleopatra: A Life’ by Stacy Schiff put into context the life of the first global celebrity. It cleared a lot of the myths that Hollywood and other popular books had about this Egyptian Queen. Her considerable legacy as an astute ruler and not just her famous romantic dalliances are covered here. A must read book for history buffs.”