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"The Dictionary of Cultural Literacy" by E.D. Hirsch, poetry by
W.B. Yeats, Will and Ariel Durant ("The Story of Civilization"),
Joseph Campbell, Robert Anton Wilson, Mark Joyner, and many others.
I read widely but almost exclusively non-fiction, including
psychology, history, sharp cultural criticism such as Camille
Paglia or Greil Marcus, guerilla marketing, and books which seek to
bridge science and spirituality such as the works of Dr. Gary
Schwartz and Rupert Sheldrake. Books about great artists like
Gaughin, Picasso or Duchamp. Also, adult comic books and graphic
novels such as by Alan Moore, Bernard Krigstein, Harvey Kurtzman,
R. Crumb and Jaime Hernandez.
Films & Movies:
Marx Brothers comedies, "The Hustler", "2001: A Space Odyssey", "El
Topo", "Paper Moon", "Apocalypse Now", "The Deerhunter", Star Wars
series, "National Lampoon's Animal House", "Richard Pryor Live on
the Sunset Strip", "Da Ali G Show", "American Splendor", "Art
School Confidential", "Ghost World"
"Late Night With David Letterman", "PBS Newshour", Ken Burns
documentaries (and not much else)
Van Morrison, Prince, the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Burt Bacharach,
Carole King, Blondie, 92.9 the Mountain (r.i.p.), Miles Davis &
Sonny Rollins, "French Tickler" by Sonic Youth, the Replacements,
Arcade Fire, the Rolling Stones, "Another Green World" by Brian
Eno, "Flaming Red" by Patty Griffin and much more (like Renaissance
guitar music). New delightful discovery: Vampire Weekend.
Prefer Italian and Mexican
(NOT a dietary extremist)