Starting in my teen years I read a book a day. I continued reading
at least a few books a week until I got too busy with college to
keep it up. I had more fun finding and reading Heinlein books than
any other. I was surprised years after I became a political
activist to find out that Heinlein was a populist political
candidate before he became a Science Fiction author. I was
surprised again when I read his political manual, "Take Back Your
Government" and saw something similar to the activism style I'd
developed for myself organically.
I've not read much fiction in the past couple of decades. The best
read I had lately was "Collapse" by Jared Diamond. During the
course of the book he examines how and why five different
civilizations collapsed, and draws lessons from them that hopefully
can help us moving forward from here, a fascinating book! Took me
months to get through it, but I kept going back to it because there
was so much in it.
As a sustainability activist I've read a lot of books about oil and
public policy. Gore's "Inconvenient Truth" is a good one but i
liked the movie better. I consider Richard Heinberg to be the best
author in the genre. His books, "The Party's Over" and "Powerdown"
expand on the theme in many ways. The best overview of the
literature on the topic is Rob Hopkins book "The Transition
Handbook, How to Transition from Oil Dependence to Local
Resilience." That one has a lot more social science in it than most
For music and movies I follow my mom's advice, which was "bloom
where you're planted." I can enjoy just about anything, but my
favorite bands are Michael Franti and Spearhead, Sheryl Crow, and
Cake. My attitude about movies is "I'll see it if you'll go with
me." That is except for horror movies, which I avoid.