Books: I read alot of continental philosophy and critical theory.
I've been reading a lot of Alain Badiou and Giorgio Agamben
recently. Heidegger and Althusser are my two fave philosophers, but
I'm also really into Walter Benjamin, Theodore Adorno, and Jacques
Derrida. Martin Jay's histories of 20th century continental thought
are great reads.
My two favorite contemporary novelists are Gou Xingxuan and Orhan
Pamuk. Besides that, my taste in fiction is, I confess, a bit
predictably canonical: Virginia Woolf, James Joyce, Samuel Beckett,
Movies: Antonioni's "The Passenger" may be my all time favorite
film. I devoted a long chapter of my Master's thesis to it. Chantal
Akerman, Bela Tarr and Arichitapong Weerasthakul are among my fave
contemporary filmmakers. Nuri Bilge Ceylan is pretty great too.
Also a big Godard fan- and some of my favorite Godard films have
come from the last 13 years- particularly "In Praise of Love." It
wasn't widely seen in the U.S. so if your a JLG fan and haven't
seen "In Praise of Love" then do your self a favor.
Music: I'm a free jazz guy- Charles Lloyd, Keith Jarrett, Albert
Ayler, Peter Brotzman. Also like a lot of punk and indie rock.
Recently, I've been rediscovering the wonders of the Minutemen.
Favorite singer-songwriters are Elvis Costello, Lou Reed, Patti
Smith, Bob Dylan, Richard Thompson, Tom Waits. Again, a bit
Having said that, if you don't know who Linton Kwesi Johnson is,
you need to YouTube-that and experience one of the great,
relatively unsung artists of the twentieth century.
Food: Everything, but especially anything weird. Generally, I seek
out the most exotic thing on the menu, and try to find the most
exotic menus to boot. I'm also really into fine cheese. There's
something about the way different milks can congeal into so many
different textures and flavors that fascinates me.