Carlos Ruiz Zafón: The Shadow of the Wind ("La sombra del viento",
in his native tongue).
Run, don't walk, to find and read. You are so welcome; my infinite
Ridiculously long list; ah well. Too many passions, and growing
Books: David Brooks: The Social Animal, Love in the Time of
Cholera, The Lexus and the Olive Tree, Unbroken, Winner Take All,
Winter's Tales + Seven Gothic Tales + Last Tales (all Isak
Dinesen), When China Rules the World, The Post-American World, The
Big Short + Liar's Poker, Lamb (funniest book EVER), Lucky You
(also hilarious), A Walk in the Woods (ditto), Hiking Marin, Island
of the Blue Dolphins, Shadow Divers, Sea Change (Powlik), Sea Fever
(+ other poems of John Masefield's), A Child's Garden of Verses,
The War of the Wooden Soldiers (bandit mouse!), Villa Incognito
(one weird story), The Mask of Apollo (+ all of Mary Renault's
historic fiction), Memoirs of a Geisha, Portrait of a Lady, Tess of
the D'Urbervilles, Lord of the Flies, Hawaii + The Caribbean (James
Michener), Tai-Pan + Shogun (James Clavell), Little Bear (Goes to
the Moon + Birthday Soup), The Signal and the Noise (truth: haven't
yet read...in the stack; can't wait). The list goes on. Economist,
NPR, and Financial Times are preferred media.
Movies: King of Masks (Chinese), The Quiet American (2002), The
Thomas Crown Affair (1999), Master and Commander, Rear Window, Foul
Play, Harold and Maude, 21 Jump Street, Kama Sutra (Mira Nair), Les
Liaisons Dangereuses (play and book are better), Twelve Angry Men,
Sophie's Choice, Fargo, Much Ado About Nothing + Henry V (both
Kenneth Branagh), The Searchers (1956), Pale Rider, Like Water for
Chocolate, The Grudge (huge scary), L.A. Story, A Fish Called
Wanda, Midway, An Officer and A Gentleman, Die Hard (all), Tequila
Sunrise, Pulp Fiction, Footloose, Mamma Mia, American Graffiti,
L.A. Confidential, Monty Python (killer bunny), Raiders of the Lost
Ark/Indiana Jones (all), The Mummy, Breakfast at Tiffany's, North
by Northwest + To Catch a Thief, Pirates of the Caribbean (all),
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Ocean's Eleven, 007 (any).
Ok, breathe. There's more.
Shows (past and present):
The Blue Planet: Seas of Life (spectacular; enthralling), Anthony
Bourdain: Parts Unknown, House, Deadwood, FBI, Voyage to the Bottom
of the Sea, Laugh-In, House of Cards (insanely fab), Downton Abbey
of course, The Daily Show, Band of Brothers, Boston Legal,
Journeyman (canceled, sadly), semis and finals of French Open +
Wimbledon + U.S. Open (love tennis), Stanford football, BBC news,
and other journalism generated from overseas. Homeland and Breaking
Bad on the list to watch (haven't yet). Not an avid TV-watcher,
though; too busy.
Muse, Groove Armada - My Friend, Jason Mraz, Shawn Mullins, Fun,
Van Halen, Sara Tavares, Joao Gilberto, Chopin, Schubert, Debussy,
Mozart of course, Stones, Steve Winwood, Frank Sinatra, Vivaldi,
Brahms, Bach, Pink, Boney M., Free, Black John, Little &
Ashley, John Mayer, Queen, Chris Cross, Van Halen. Southern blues
and shag dancing (southern swing - so fun!) tunes (Motown,
generally). The list goes on.
Broccoli & sweet things at the top of the list, seriously.
Generally not together. Love Szechuan, Hunan, Cantonese, Indian,
Greek/Mediterranean, French, Italian, Spanish + Mexican, regional
American, Japanese/sushi, Moroccan. Cheese and artisan breads.
Cinnamon-y Morning Buns and Rulli's coffee. Heaven. Love to cook
and eat well; hail from a family of exquisitely talented chefs.