Edan Lepucki's novel "California" centers on a couple who have fled a dystopic near-future Los Angeles. The author gives us a list of other art that captures the essence of her home state in all its darkly sunny weirdness.
The plot of Greg Poehler's new sitcom, "Welcome to Sweden" draws from his own life story, in which he found himself an ex-pat in a strange land. He shares a list of other fishes out of their native waters.
For his newest book, acclaimed author Colson Whitehead inserted himself deep into the world of high-stakes poker. He shares a list of poker inspirations from books and film.
Author and artist Mimi Pond's newest work is a graphic novel memoir of her bohemian life in 1970's Oakland. She kindly conforms to our request for an orderly list of her favorite depictions of bohemians from the era's pop culture.
On Andy Daly's television show, he plays a journalist who will review any life experience - except this is a comedy show and his character isn't exactly Nellie Bly. In his gonzo list, he highlights others who have gone 'undercover' with comic results.
The writer and show-creator behind "House of Cards" understands characters who are sly manipulators - and every bit as entertaining as they are cunning.
Comedy Central's "Broad City" is inspired by the real-life friendship of show creators Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer. We asked the pals to share some other fictional duos with dynamics that inspire them.
Novelist Chang-Rae Lee shares some of the dystopic yet nonetheless poignantly beautiful visions of the future that inspired his newest book, "On Such a Full Sea."
Nick Lowe's newest album is "Quality Street: A Seasonal Selection For All The Family." It is a Christmas album designed to avoid the hokey, Perry Como style of seasonal music. We asked him to give us a holiday party soundtrack of other Christmas songs you're probably not sick of yet.
Author-filmmaker Davy Rothbart comes from a small town - as does the winless high school basketball team at the center of his new film "Medora." He lists some other winning losers.