Books: Conan-Doyle, Chandler and Stout mysteries;
British wits like Douglas Adams, P.G. Wodehouse and Terry
Pratchett; Eric Ambler and Jon LeCarre spy novels; philosophical
fantastics like Murakami and Borges. Specific works include A
Confederacy of Dunces, Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, Apathy
(and other small victories), The Master and Margarita, The Club
Dumas, and A Canticle for Leibowitz.
Movies: The Coen brothers are my favorite modern
filmmakers and I will see anything they produce. Favorites that
come up when "top five" lists are being shared include The Third
Man, Lawrence of Arabia, Zero Effect, Charade, Butch Cassidy and
the Sundance Kid, Casablanca, and Dr. Strangelove.
Music: My favorite band is Pink Martini. My
favorite album is Van Morrison's Moondance. I sing Sinatra
and Martin at karaoke. I was one of the Blues Brothers for
Someone warned me not to make this section the longest in my
profile. They warn it will make me seem boring. I'll leave you in
suspense about my television and eating habits. Mystery!