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Some recent reads and perennial favorites: The Iliad, Gilead, The
Art of Simple Food, Herodotus' History, A Room of One's Own, Angels
in America, Lincoln's Second Inaugural, Labyrinths, The Venture of
Islam, Art and Objecthood, A Tale of Love and Darkness, The
Conquest of Mexico, The Tempest, Negara, The Big Sleep, Sabbatai
Sevi: The Mystical Messiah, The Ramayana, Nichomachean Ethics, The
Dialogic Imagination, Moby-Dick, Disgrace, and Tmol Shilshom. I
re-read The Great Gatsby every time I am called for jury
Movies I grew up on include The Great Muppet Caper (age 4), Blazing
Saddles (daily from age 6 to 10), Manhattan (age 16 to 19), Amadeus
and Metropolitan (19-21). After college I moved to Paris to study
philosophy at the Sorbonne but dropped out after a semester and
just started watching two or three old movies a day in tiny
cinemas---it was a far better education. Generationally, I identify
with Clueless rather than Fast Times or Mean Girls.
Top Chef and The West Wing allow me to imagine two career paths I
didn't take. And then there's Breaking Bad.
I enjoy hearing talented musicians playing quality music,
regardless the genre. If it's being played in a small, intimate
venue, so much the better. An arbitrary list : Bach, Mozart/Da
Ponte, Erik Satie, Fats Waller, Thelonious Monk, Lightnin'
Hopkins', Jacques Brel, Enrico Macias, Chava Alberstein, Guns n
Roses, Belle & Sebastian, Daniel Kahn, The Baby Soda Jazz
I like noodles and dumplings in all forms and am excited to be
living again where there are taquerias. I've also recently
discovered a place in the south suburbs that makes knafe just like
in Ramallah---it's worth the drive.