Bach's music is my favourite to play - I think the fugue is just
about the highest form of art invented. I also love Dire Straits,
50's rock and roll and 80's power ballads. To sing? Byrd, Tallis,
Gibbons, Weelkes, Di Lasso, Healey Willan, Bach and Handel, all
those other English Renaissance composers, and 40's and 50's hits.
My favourite guitarists are Joe Pass and Mark Knopfler, for reasons
I'm sure you'll understand if you've ever heard them, ever.
Books: I will read anything by Robertson Davies, James Thurber,
C.S. Lewis, Kate Beaton, Cliff Pervocracy, Captain Awkward, Stephen
Jay Gould, Oliver Sacks, Richard Feynman, Flann O'Brian, or David
Wong. Toni Morrison's Beloved really disturbed me in the best kind
of way. Riddley Walker, by Russell Hoban, is probably the most
powerful book I've ever read. There are so many books I love to
read over and over, and I don't have room to list all of them. If I
did, the list would be pretty eclectic. I recently had the honour
of singing at the funeral of Robertson Davies' widow. It was
Movies: I love Preston Sturges and Frank Capra - screwball comedies
are hilarious. Also anything on AMC late at night. Not a fan of
horror movies, but I'll watch pretty much anything else. And who
knows: maybe I just haven't seen the right one yet. If you think
you can convert me to horror fandom, feel free to try.
Shows: Breaking Bad, Mad Men, Iron Chef America, pretty much all of
the food network except the ones about cupcakes and the ones in
which Gordon Ramsay yells at sous-chefs for an hour straight. I
maintain that Buffy and Doctor Who are simultaneously the best
show. Does the Savage Love podcast count? I listen to that a
When it comes to food, I'll eat anything once and I like most
things. Be prepared to eat more dim sum than you thought was even
possible. One exception: Cilantro is something I
just can't stand. It tastes like soap.