I have hundreds and hundreds of books, but I'm transitioning to
e-readers. I keep 4 or 5 books on my Kindle, as well as a NYT
subscription. One American book? Moby Dick. It's a touchstone for
me. I love Dostoevsky. I love Kazantzakis. I love Kierkegaard. I
love Unamuno. I love Theodore Roethke. I love Juan Rulfo. I love
Rumi. I've read most of Michael Polan. I think Oran Pamuk is a
genius. I love Plato. I love Nietzsche. I love Mark Twain. Anne
Desclos (nom de plume: Pauline Reage) blew my mind when I was 22. I
love Lorca. Nobody writes like this in English:
¡Qué perfume de flor de cuchillo!
En la luna negra,
sangraba el costado
de Sierra Morena.
¿Dónde llevas tu jinete muerto?
Translation, more or less literal:
What perfume from the flower of the knife!
In the black moon,
the hillside of the
Sierra Morena bled.
Where are you taking your dead rider?
My TV is hooked-up to a DVD and a VCR, not to cable or dish or some
other source of broadcast TV. So, as a practical matter, I watch no
TV at all.
I eat all cuisines but cook mostly Mediterranean. I do not eat
processed foods. In general I eat meat only once or twice a week,
and I do not eat corn-fed mass market meat.
Kurosawa is my favorite movie director. I also love Italian cinema
and have seen all or most of Fellini, Rossellini, Pasolini,
That said, you can pretty much name a classic movie, and I've seen
I am not interested in spectator sports and could care less if the
Yankees go the World Series. I played sports when I was kid, and
loved doing it. I'm an adult now and am not interested in spending
my time watching 28 year-old jocks hit a ball with a stick, or toss
a ball through a hoop, or carry a ball over a line. I do ski very
well (double black diamonds are fine) and like to scuba and hike in