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In the novel, Charlie's teacher, Bill, assigns him various books to read. Charlie describes them all as his favorites.

  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • A Separate Peace by John Knowles
  • Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
  • On the Road by Jack Kerouac
  • Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs
  • Walden by Henry David Thoreau
  • Hamlet by William Shakespeare
  • The Stranger by Albert Camus
  • The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

The book also references a book of poems by E. E. Cummings, The Mayor of Castro Street by Randy Shilts, a book by Anne Rice, and an autobiography of a woman who was a character in Reds, most likely Emma Goldman. The poem "A Person /A Paper /A Promise" by Dr. Earl Reum is also mentioned.

Film and television Edit

  • Rocky Horror Picture Show
  • It's a Wonderful Life
  • The Producers
  • Reds
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • The Graduate
  • Harold and Maude
  • My Life as a Dog
  • Dead Poets Society
  • The Unbelievable Truth
  • Night of the Living Dead

Television Edit

  • Saturday Night Live
  • Love Boat
  • Fantasy Island
  • M*A*S*H
  • Gomer Pyle

Music Edit

  • "Come on Eileen" by Dexys Midnight Runners
  • "Pearly - Dewdrops' Drops" by Cocteau Twins
  • "Where Eagles Dare" by The Misfits
  • "Heroes" by David Bowie
  • "Asleep" by The Smiths
  • "Vapour Trail" by Ride
  • "Scarborough Fair" by Simon and Garfunkel
  • "A Whiter Shade of Pale" by Procol Harum
  • "Time of No Reply" by Nick Drake
  • "Dear Prudence" by The Beatles
  • "Gypsy" by Suzanne Vega
  • "Nights in White Satin" by The Moody Blues
  • "Daydream" by The Smashing Pumpkins
  • "Dusk" by Genesis
  • "MLK" by U2
  • "Blackbird" by The Beatles
  • "Landslide" by Fleetwood Mac
  • "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana
  • "Another Brick in the Wall, Part II" by Pink Floyd
  • "Something" by The Beatles
  • "School's Out" by Alice Cooper
  • "Autumn Leaves" by Nat King Cole
  • "Broken Wings" by Mr. Mister
  • "I'm Going Home" sung by Tim Curry as Frank-N-Furter in The Rocky Horror Picture Show
  • "Imagine" by John Lennon
  • "Pretend We're Dead" by L7
  • "Don't Dream It's Over" Crowded House
  • Pornographie

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