I have hundreds and hundreds of books, but I'm transitioning to
e-readers. 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 whose books are important but badly
written. I think Oran Pamuk is a genius. I love Plato. I love
Nietzsche. I love Mark Twain.
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,
I am not interested in spectator sports and could not 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 the woods.