READIN': I'm a rabid consumer of the printed word though most of it
is online and in magazines and newspapers. Daily rations of
NYTimes, LATimes, Huffington Post, NY Magazine, New Yorker, LA
Weekly (yes, I've lived in both NY and LA and still love my adopted
cities but mainly, the above are just good reading no matter one's
locale) ...Vanity Fair, Atlantic, Harpers, The Economist and on and
on. Icanhascheezburger and its peer sites also figure into the
humor mix. As for books, favorite novel is Vonnegut's Breakfast of
WATCHIN': Scores and scores of film faves but for profile purposes,
let's go with a Top 40 of Dr. Strangelove, Good Will Hunting, The
Player, Knocked Up, Lolita, Save the Tiger, Harold & Maude, The
Natural, Gods And Monsters, The Hustler, Phenomenon, Sideways,
Ordinary People, Midnight Cowboy, Syriana, Barton Fink, His Girl
Friday, Best In Show, The Freshman, Pleasantville, The Deer Hunter,
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, Glory, Defending Your Life, The
Graduate, Meet John Doe, Sunset Boulevard, Rosemary's Baby, Cool
Hand Luke, The Wizard Of Oz, Superbad, Mr. Smith Goes To
Washington, 40-Year Old Virgin, Young Frankenstein, Love And Death,
Flirting With Disaster, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Glengarry
Glen Ross, Bridesmaids, Jerry Maguire, There Will Be Blood.
MORE WATCHIN': I'm an obnoxious TV snob in some ways. But I'll
indulge you in terms of watching your show...while rubbing your
feet and leafing through my magazine, paying semi-attention to
Mama's stories. ("But wait," you say. "You only have two hands."
"Never you mind that," I reply.) Some faves (current and in rerun)
would be Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Larry Sanders Show, Letterman,
Mad Men, Mr. Selfridge, Reno 911, Portlandia, Felt, American
Pickers, Million Dollar Listing, Downton Abbey, Flipping Out,
Archer, Family Guy, The Cleveland Show, Robot Chicken & various
Adult Swim shows, Davey & Goliath (yes, I know -- weird) ...and
R.I.P., Space Ghost Coast to Coast and maybe the greatest thing
ever -- Mystery Science Theater 3000.
LISTENIN': Steely Dan, Beatles (George, since you asked), Neil
Young, Dire Straits, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Who, Dave
Matthews, Rolling Stones, Allman Brothers, REM, Clapton, The Doors,
U2, Roxy Music's Avalon (Best. Make-out. Record. Ever.) Smashing
Pumpkins, Fleet Foxes, Nirvana, Ella Fitzgerald, Jeff Buckley,
Simon & Garfunkel, CSN, Pink Floyd, Joni Mitchell, Little Feat,
Miles Davis, James Taylor, early Elton John, Letters To Cleo, Ray
Charles, Elvis Costello, Dylan, John McLaughlin, Cat Stevens, Linda
Ronstadt, Al Green, Grateful Dead, Aimee Mann, Pearl Jam, K. D.
Lang, John Hiatt, Cream, Tori Amos, Sinatra, Hendrix, Santana, The
Clarks, John Coltrane, Darlene Love yearly on Letterman singing
"Christmas Baby Please Come Home", Pretenders, early Dionne
Warwick, Ten Thousand Maniacs, Nat King Cole, Van Morrison, Aimee
Mann, Ray Charles, Traffic, Throwing Muses, Patsy Cline, Chet
Baker, Todd Rundgren, Roy Orbison, Laura Nyro, John Meyer. Baroque
horn/harpsichord stuff such as Bach...newer classical like
Copland...Third World evocative stuff like Russian and Middle
Eastern soundscapes -- melodies that transport you.
I'm also a drummer but have no drums at present.
Your-thigh-in-the-car may get an occasional gentle thwap. What? You
never fancied yourself a sex cymbal?
EATIN': I was once the restaurant critic for In Pittsburgh
Newsweekly (City Paper's predecessor) and also have a culinary
management degree obtained later in life soooo...I know my way
around the chow. I'm also comfy in the kitchen and adore makin'
bacon with my Honey. Dining out is fun too, of course, but I
probably cook dinner 4-5 nights a week. Tag-teaming such could be
neat or I'm happy to shoulder that load for the team. Ethnic
cuisines rock my world most of all, followed by standard American
fare of all sorts and then nouvelle, hifalutin' stylings -- in that
order. Fortunate to have lived in Manhattan, Los Angeles and
Seattle so have tasted one helluva lotta cultures. Faves? Indian,
Thai, Vietnamese, Middle Eastern/Greek/Turkish, Persian, Ethiopian,
Sushi, North African, Afghani, Korean, Italian of course (eggplant
parm = swoon). I love seafood as well as sushi. While I do usually
try to eat healthfully, classic American road food and regional
fare from time to time is fun such as BBQ, Neapolitan (crazy for
wood- and coal-fired ovens) pizza, cheese steaks, excellent dogs
and burgers, great deli fare, fried seafood or a lobster roll and
on and on. I could watch "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives" any night of
the week. Great eating experiences do not have to be fancy-shmancy,
by any means, but quality ingredients and deft preparation are key.
I *do* also have something of a sweet tooth but we ain't goin'