I don't read much fiction anymore, though I probably should. That
said, I have an abiding affection for Faulkner, Nabakov, Kundera
and Salinger. I'm also very much enjoying Patrick O'Brian
Aubrey/Maturin series. "Nixonland" was probably the best thing I
read (finally) last year - or maybe it was "Just Kids." I know I'm
late to the party on this one, but I finally got around to reading
MFK Fisher and I'm somewhat smitten. Currently reading Piketty's
"Capital in the Twenty First Century" because I've been waiting for
this for awhile and seemingly everyone else is doing so as
My MFA is actually in film. This is something of a curse given that
I find it difficult to watch almost anything these days without
constantly re-editing it in my head. On those rare occasions that I
don't feel compelled to do so such a thing, I know I'm watching
something exceptional. Best example? John Ford's 1940 version of
"The Grapes of Wrath."
My tastes lean towards the classics. I've probably seen The
Philadelphia Story 20 times. I love that string of 50s films where
Cary Grant plays a cranky American guy in the South Pacific, namely
Operation Petticoat and Father Goose. My favorite film of all time
is probably, again, John Ford's Grapes of Wrath. In fact, Ford
might be my favorite director of all time as well. I also love
Kubrick, Blake Edwards, Wes Anderson, Herzog, Wenders, Waters,
Jarmusch, Sayles, Malick, Wajda, David Lynch, Kurosawa, Tarkosvky,
John Huston and the Coens.
Movies I will watch anytime: Mystery Train, Captain Blood, The Thin
Man, Dr Strangelove, Matewan, Lone Star, To Kill a Mockingbird,
Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, Mullholland Drive, Kiss Me Kate,
Singin' In the Rain, Bringing Up Baby, Notorious, Casablanca, To
Catch a Thief, The Bicycle Thief, "Paris, Texas."
I'm not much one for television, though I did have a passing fling
with the glorious ridiculousness of Ancient Aliens. (honestly, I
really want my next band to be called "Ancient Astronaut Theorists)
It seems my cable bill exists mainly to deliver TCM and ESPN. I'm
pretty glad Bill Moyers is back on TV though and I'll likely watch
his new show. I really enjoyed "The Supersizers Go!" I've loved
Doctor Who since I was a kid, which makes sense since it's still,
essentially, a kid's show. The first season of Call the Midwife
blew me away. There's a whole bunch of shows that everyone,
including perhaps yourself, has seen and obsessed about that I
haven't. Please educate me about why I should. Really.
Hoo boy. Music. OK, here goes. Quite broadly, I love rock and roll.
A lot. I've written about it extensively. I play it. It informs my
tastes in many, if not most, things; my politics, my very
worldview. I also love classic American honky tonk, guitars,
Cadillacs, and hillbilly music. Buck Owens and the Bakersfield
sound. Western Swing, 50s-60s bop and hard bop jazz, 60s era Soul.
I *love* string bands ("Old Time" and bluegrass). I'm a sucker for
60s girl groups. I've been waiting 20 years for a Shoegaze revival
I fear will never actually happen. I love to listen to and play
fuzzy, dreamy shoegaze-y, Nuggets-y pop-rock. It just makes me
happy. If it's got some jangle with a little fuzz and scuzz, I'm
likely smiling as I play it.
I *really* love 60s Nuggets era garage rock like the Sonics and
their descendants like the Woggles, who may be the greatest live
Rock and Soul band of all time. Wanna dance for 3 hours? Go see
them. They'll blow you away.
I have something of a band crush on Lucero.
And, totally randomly, King Khan and the Shrines, Guided By Voices,
My Bloody Valentine, Ride, Turbonegro, Southern Culture on the
Skids, THE KINKS, The Stones, T. Rex, Bowie, Ramones, Mojo Nixon,
X, the xx, LCD Soundsystem, Dinosaur Jr, Pavement, JAMC, the
Dirtbombs, Sleater-Kinney, WILD FLAG, Wilco, Man or Astroman?,
James Brown, P Funk, Fela, The Xx, Roy Orbison, Big Star, Alex
Chilton, Sonic Youth, Jon Spencer, The Kills, Superchunk, Wye Oak,
Ted Leo, Sleigh Bells, Nick Cave, The Jam, Neko Case, New
Pornographers, Steve Earle, Townes Van Zandt, Sharon Van Etten,
Voidoids, TOM WAITS, Let's Wrestle, Screaming Females, Small Faces,
HOLLY GOLIGHTLY, the Greenhornes, TVOTR, Pulp, Patti Smith, Smiths,
Built To Spill, the Dirtbombs/Gories (!), Mountain Goats, Kurt
Vile, Stooges, The Who, The Clash, Bad Brains, the Pogues, The
Civil Wars, Ray LaMontagne, Leonard Cohen, Velvet Underground, Bob
Wills, Buck Owens, Townes Van Zandt, Al Green, Elliot Smith,
Flaming Lips, Pixies, Eels, Bikini Kill, Le Tigre, Johnny
I'm also kind of a sucker for the more twee and/or noisy pop end of
the spectrum like Belle and Sebastian, the Aislers Set, Comet Gain,
Tiger Trap, Math and Physics Club, Bunnygrunt, Camera Obscura,
Manhattan Love Suicides, Dressy Bessy, Rocketship etc...
And of course Nina, Otis, Dylan, Etta, Ella, Aretha, Django, Dolly,
Monk, Miles, Bird, Louis, Duke, Coltrane, Merle, Patsy, Woody,
Willie, Billie and Hank.
and....I could go on and on and on and on....
**Update** Also, holy shit:
I like to eat. I *love* to cook. I very much like to feed people,
lots of 'em at any given time. It's a southern thing. I can't help