My favorite band is The National, and they are very important to
me. I also love bluegrass, The Smiths, Joy Division, Animal
Collective, Father John Misty, Ray Lamontagne, Gregory Alan Isakov,
Horse Feathers, Iron & Wine, Fleet Foxes, Band of Horses,
Wavves, Alt-J, Purity Ring, Interpol, The Magnetic Fields, Camera
Obscura, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Kills, The Dead Weather, Miles
Davis, and many others. Oh, and Indian music. A.R. Rahman, Anoushka
Shankar, Shankar Mahadevan, Sonu Nigam and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan to
name a few!
For books, of course I'm always reading postcolonial scholars, and
read a lot of Foucault, Fanon, bell hooks, Shari'ati, Said, and
other African-diaspora, feminist and Islamic scholars for
For pleasure, I read the transcendentalists and great Sufis, among
others. I love Rainer Maria Rilke, Walt Whitman, Mary Oliver, Henry
David Thoreau, Wendell Berry, Rumi, Hafiz, Boris Pasternak, Gabriel
Garcia Marquez, Pablo Neruda.
I don't have a t.v., but I watch Parks and Rec. on Netflix and
could probably quote much of any given episode on command.
Movies: Guzaarish, Umrao Jaan, Rab Ni Bana Di Jodi, Jodhaa
Food: Indian, Middle Eastern, Thai, Mexican, El Salvadorian. I
don't eat pork or other red meat, but occasionally partake in fish