I've read, borrowed, owned, lost, and forgotten the titles of more
books than I currently have on my bookshelves. Although I do use an
e-book reader at times, I much prefer "real" books--paper--than
machined books. It's the smell and texture, I think. And I can
recall the first time I was called a "bookworm" . . . by my best
friend at age 10 when I refused to play with him on a summer
Saturday afternoon because I wanted to read the D'Aulaires' Greek
Myths I'd just found in the school library the day before. Both my
mother and my friend's mother attacked me for choosing a book over
a friend. What can I say? Some books are more interesting than some
people. Updating my current reading list is tiring so I won't even
try. Gore Vidal, Ursula LeGuin, Shakespeare, Michel de Montaigne
(even though I can only read a translation), Tolkien, T.S.
"We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time."
I prefer movies that either make me laugh or make me feel all
"gosh-wow" over their special effects and action-oriented thrills
(some kind of vicarious male atavistic violent pleasure-seeking or
some such)--so like Monty Python's The Avengers.
I don't own a television.
I generally listen to only three categories of music regularly:
rock/pop, jazz, and classical. Every now and then I'll dig
non-American/European forms if I want something inscrutable,
polyrhythmic, and slightly irritating bouncing around the walls of
the apartment. My favorite rock band? Twenty years ago that was the
Beatles, but since I have every note of every song memorized, I'd
say I don't have one but several: Black Keys, Black Crowes, Rolling
Stones, and on and one. My favorite jazz musicians: Eric Dolphy,
Charlie Parker, John Coltrane. My favorite classical composers:
Chopin, Betthoven, Bach. There it is. But I love Jesca Hoop, too. I
needed to mention her, along with Tom Waits. And Debbie Boone
singing "You Light Up My Life" and Nilsson singing "Without You."
And Led Zeppelin's "Four Sticks" and everything else on that album.
But I can't quite figure out whether "Jumpin' Jack Flash" or "Honky
Tonk Women" is the best rock and roll song ever writ. I stopped
listening to modern rock/pop (Ms. Hoop aside) because every time I
fell in love with a band they either split up or died.