Music: Lester Young:
Bird, Monk, Ellington (the two-bass and Blanton/Webster bands, not
the kitschy 'suites' from the 50s) Zoot Sims, Pee Wee Russell.
Songs by Schubert, Brahms, Alec Wilder, Strayhorn. And so on.
Opera: Fidelio, Mozart/DaPonte, late Verdi, Rosenkavalier. And so
Films: Notorious/Bound (I'm linking them because both hinge on
surrender to trust, love and desire), The Third Man (I used to
identify with Holly Martins, now I recognize him as a schmuck)
Hannah and Her Sisters, 'M,' Fargo, Miller's Crossing, A Serious
Man (not Barton Fink, No Country for Old Men). Anything by John
Sayles, anything with Natasha Richardson, Jean Arthur or Helen
Mirren. And so on. Finally saw 'Wings of Desire,' certainly worth
Rewatched Kieslowski's 'Three Colors' and I'm overwhelmed
Currently binge-watching 'Fargo' the series.
Dipping into Jo Nesbø, for genre fiction, and Paul Offit's 'Bad
Recently:Finished Mary Karr's 'Lit.' and Sarah Hepola's
The first a little odd-tasting, though I'll read her other memoirs.
Hepola's tale is on a level with Carolyn Knapp, a hugely brave
story of alcohol, with the especial focus on women and sex.
Terribly sad, though she is funny and frank throughout.
Old favorites: Aubrey/Maturin, Orwell (esp. the collected letters
and essays) Pratchett, Chandler etc.
Finished 'Sex at Dawn.' While not entirely convincing about the
authors' notions of human behavior, it IS convincing in showing how
unreliable our assumptions about 'natural' behavior really are. The
book is much too long and sloppy for its message.
Web: 'Arts and Letters Daily,' 'Butterflies and Wheels.' 'Greta
Christina,' Dawkins, Slate etc.
Food: love multiple varieties, used to cook for spouse and kids.
Nowadays I have to eat pretty stringently low-carbohydrate, which
makes dining a poor bonding activity.