John Grogan - The Longest Trip Home


My short list

Friday, January 09, 2009

Time magazine recently asked me to come up with my "short list" of five things I'm currently enjoying. It's a feature they run every week, picking various people to weigh in.

Here's what I came up with. It appears in the current edition of Time, just out:

John Grogan's Short List
Thursday, Jan. 08, 2009

He's the author of the best seller Marley & Me and a new memoir, The Longest Trip Home. Here's what John Grogan has been watching, reading, listening to and harboring fond feelings for. (Oh, and he also went to see that flick about the couple and their crazy dog.)

The Wire
I don't subscribe to HBO, but after the umpteenth friend insisted that I just had to watch this police drama set in Baltimore, I bought the first season on DVD. I was hooked within the first 10 minutes, and now I'm on Season 2. In a world of predictable and hackneyed story lines, The Wire is fresh, nuanced and raw. You will find no black and white here, only a million shades of gray.

The true story of a plot inside the Third Reich to assassinate Hitler. The critics have been mixed on this one, but I found Tom Cruise's performance credible and the story compelling, even if we all know the outcome before the opening credits roll.

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski
A boy, a dog, struggles of life and death, even a ghost. What's not to like?

Emotionalism, by the Avett Brothers
I discovered the Avett Brothers while browsing in one of those iconic hippie shops in San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury district. The album was playing on the store's sound system, and I was instantly smitten. It is impossible not to grin while listening to this infectiously upbeat blend of folk, rock and bluegrass, all played on acoustic instruments and with whimsical, witty lyrics to boot.

Jenna Fischer as Pam on The Office
My (wife-approved) celebrity crush. Redefining adorableness.,9171,1870490,00.html

posted by John Grogan at 9:30 AM


Blogger Gi said...

Hello, John!
I guess I'm gonna be the first here today...
I'm downloading some songs of the Avett Brothers to check if it is really cool...
You know, John, you and Jenny remind me of some cute songs of The Beatles... lol I don't know why but sometimes when I hear Obladi, Oblada I immediatly remind of you... an adorable couple with adorable kids living in their home, sweet home.
Oh, and no doubt if I would do a list of the 5 things that I'm enjoying now, your books and the movie would be on it!


Giovana, 19
SP - Brazil

12:33 PM  
Blogger Gi said...

Wow! The Avett Brothers are pretty cool! Good call, John!

1:31 PM  
Blogger QuentinStuckeyTheActor said...

Hi John.I'm a fan of yours and watched the movie Marley And Me.I loved it.I cried at the end.My dog,Tara is alot like Marley with all the things she does.One time she chewed up my phone and scratched up the bedroom doors,anyways keep posting on you blog.

3:55 PM  
Blogger margeka said...

Good Evening, John, I just ordered your newest book, The Longest Trip Home and I can't wait to start reading it. Having just seen Marley and Me, I had to have the book. Well, I finished it two nights ago and I can't get enough of your writing style. Yes, I bawled my eyes out. I have two Yellow Labs. 12 year old Duke and 6 month old Ranger. It hit home. What are you working on now. I know you don't like to jinx it by talking about it, but can you give me a hint? Thank you for your book and the movie and especially for your care of Woodson.

7:15 PM  
Blogger Tassi said...

Hey Jonh, the movie was amazing!!!
Thank u for gave us the beautiful Marley's History.
I have a "CUTE" dog too...just like marley...i thought she was wild!! But Marley is the Champion!!
I realized that my dog Maya is a Saint LOL!

So, i\m very sorry about my english, but i really love yoor work. thank you thank you thank you!!

Tassiana, 26
MG - Brazil

12:23 PM  
Blogger @l!ce said...

Hello, Mr. Grogan !
How are you?
Well...I'm a ig fan yours, i see 'marley and me' twice! I read tree times! and i cried so much!
Do you can write on my e-mail, please ?
is :
Please! a favor for your fan number one!
I love you!
Alice,12, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

12:28 PM  
Blogger Sherri said...

I just finished reading "Bad Dogs have More Fun" and have recommended it to my friends. Your columns were wonderfully thought provoking and I loves the satrical look at the Hype-U-Weather Storm Advisory Center. Lving here in Flroida, I could really, really relate. :)

I was glad to find your blog and have added it to my blog list. You have an outstanding talent and it is great you see that talent being recognized.

1:47 PM  
Blogger lanies said...

My husband and I also love Irish/Celtic music. We are going next weekend to the Sellersville thearter to see Celtic Crossroads. I loved the part in Marly&Me when you and your wife were in Ireland.

3:22 PM  
Blogger Erin said...


Congratulations on, well, everything! I really enjoyed the movie, and I'm glad to see it having such success, just like your wonderful books. I think I spotted you and Jenny - you were in the obedience school scene, right? That was one of the funniest scenes - and it must have been so surreal for you guys! Anyway, congrats.


4:22 AM  
Blogger Liah said...

Hi John, I´m Juliana from Brazil...
I'm a fan of yours and watched the movie Marley And Me.I loved it.I cried a lot. I read the book too.
I want to be in touch, see u bye bye

1:49 PM  
Blogger Beta said...

Dear John

I just end read your book Marley and me and I loved, now i´m preparing to see your movie. Preparing? Yes cause in the end of the history I cried a lot but it´s life and one day we have to conform. Well now im I went through you at the end of history I have a dog Rebeca she´s 14 years and she is very tired and when i read your book I cried a lot. One hour will arrive but we are not prepared as you mentioned in the book.Today i spend all my time I can to get close to her. It´s very sad but...well i love your book and i was so happy to know you have another dog Gracie congratulation I wish the best for you and all your family!
Best regard

From Rio de Janeiro - Brazil

5:50 AM  
Blogger Maiara. Com i! said...

Yesterday, me and my husband saw the movie.
I cried a lot.
When we got home hugged my dog, lots of love.
But, when we left him go out to poo, he ate a bone that was at the garbage.
Oh, my dog!!! At same time I remembered Marley. And said, "-Jesus, Bidu, your name is not Marley, be a good dog, be quiet, do not make mess, pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeease."
He is called Bidu.
Thak you for your sensibility.
Thank you for the choices you made (family, kidss, dogs). Those things makes you a great man.
God bless you all.
Keep writing about feelings of dog lovers.

4:49 AM  
Blogger deborah said...

My short list includes the famous way Ellen Degeneres of the Ellen show got George Clooney. She put a banner up that said George is mine in 09. She finally got two baseball team members of Clooney's to actually show up at his office(next door to the studio) and egged him onto the stage. He said he was out of town while she was trying to whoo him-(we know better) his car was parked outside the studio-he was in there alright-my short list is John Grogan is mine in 09-

5:51 PM  

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