Yes, it's one of those bloated lists which really irritates some
people, but this shit matters to me and maybe even a trickle of it
matters to you:
Thumbing through: FAIR's magazine (Extra), Pacific Film Archive
calendar, Dan Savage, film director biographies, Harvey Pekar,
Raymond Chandler, Sarah Vowell, Paul Auster, Philip K. Dick once
upon a time and perhaps still, Judy Blume (especially page 75 of
"Forever"), that rare well-written film criticism which doesn't
give the whole thing away and allows you to think.
Watching: Sam Fuller, Nicholas Ray, Douglas Sirk, Joseph Losey,
John Ford, Kurosawa, Claire Denis, Billy Wilder, Guy Maddin,
Fassbinder, Werner Herzog, Agnes Varda, Claire Denis, Errol
Morris's early films, Hitchcock (particularly the ones cineastes
find "weak"), Martha Colburn, Orson, Bresson, Buñuel, Frederick
Wiseman, Anne McGuire, Anthony Mann, Kubrick, Powell and
Pressburger, Lubitsch, Busby Berkeley, Yasujiro Ozu, film
, lurid (or not lurid) melodramas, actual documentaries,
fake documentaries, bad bio-pics (a weak spot), weird educational
films, and an 8-minute instructional film called "Sniffy Escapes
Poisoning" which I would be happy to show you. And Bruce Conner.
And Len Lye. Any Len Lye.
I like the other Anderson better than Wes.
Listening: DEVO, Gang of Four (Paralysed is a beautiful thing),
CAN, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Perrey and Kingsley, AMM, ABBA,
Mission of Burma, Ramones, Crack W.A.R., the Wipers, the Beatles,
Kraftwerk, Terry Riley, Mekons, Sally Timms, Cluster, Half
Japanese, Crawling With Tarts, Caroliner, Ruins, Aavikko, Cheap
Trick (up to a point), the Feelies, Wire, Mission of Burma, the Ex,
X, Sun City Girls, MX-80, Erkin Koray
, Thai-Cambodian-etc, old
New Zealand pop, The Stranglers, the bass, any death metal you want
to dub for me, Hank Williams (Sr.), Patsy Cline, Pere Ubu, Marty
Robbins, Stockhausen, Varése, Coltrane, Dolphy, Magma, The Roofies,
Joy Division, Wobbly, the Fall and on it goes. Almost anything
which drones. And I just discovered that Aimee Mann is pretty
And if you know who Y. Bhekhirst is, and like him, you must drop
whatever you are doing and contact me immediately.
NPR in specially-arranged doses, KALW (R.I.P. Alan Farley), KPFA,
KFJC, Dave Emory, WTF podcast, This American Life (most of the
time), Sound Opinions, Savage Lovecast, Smiley and West, Sarah
Vowell, Joe Frank.
Chewing: Thai pumpkin curry (and I reckon I know who serves the
best version in the universe), prik khing, ka nar, papaya salad,
really good carne asada, pollo asado, pupusas, asparagus, broccoli,
really amazing fresh bread, peanut butter (but no tree nuts,
please... allergies), spinach salad, Cheese Board pizza, burritos
(of course - I live in the Bay Area), Scotch of all kinds. Adapted
air popcorn popper (for coffee roasting) and press pot. Fresh,
wonderful Bay Area tap water. I love a home-cooked meal, too. And I
wish I cooked as much as I used to.