You can tell a story in words, pictures—even music!

When I lived in London, I loved listening to a program on BBC Radio called Desert Island Discs. Each week a guest is asked to imagine being shipwrecked on a desert isle. They can bring along eight musical tracks, one book (plus the Complete Works of Shakespeare and a religious or philosophical text of their choice) and one luxury item. Each castaway discusses their life with the program host, and the reasons for their choices. 

If I were stranded on a desert island, I’d bring:

Liz’s Playlist

  • Dream On—Aerosmith
  • Wish You Were Here—Pink Floyd
  • Once in a Lifetime—The Talking Heads
  • Attics of My Life—The Grateful Dead
  • Paul Cezanne—5 Chinese Brothers
  • Love Shack—The B-52s
  • Commissioning a Symphony in C—Cake
  • Into the Mystic—Van Morrison

Play on Spotify!


Me Talk Pretty One Day—David Sedaris

Luxury Item

Nespresso machine (with a lifetime supply of coffee and milk!)

What would you take to a desert island? Compose your list and share it with friends. Or send me your selections. I’d love to hear them!

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