Literature is a passion. My favourites in novels flow around the
same veins as The Picture of Dorian Gray, Wuthering Heights, Great
Expectations, Crime and Punishment, The Brothers Karamazov, Lolita,
Howard's End, Edgar Allan Poe tales, The Phantom of the Opera , On
the Road, Brideshead Revisited, The Invisible Man, The Time
Machine, Dracula, Frankenstein, The Lord of the Rings, and To Kill
a Mockingbird among many others, particularly those considered
Studies on topics such as feminism, philosophy, and evolution are
of intense interest as well with Simone de Beauvoir's The Second
Sex and Darwin's Theory on Evolution as examples.
I do love both films and stories about animals such as White Fang
and Black Beauty, but I always blubber my way through them. Few
things hit me as hard as animals being abused or killed in a story
or film or, for that matter , in real life.
In plays, Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde, Samuel Beckett, George Bernard
Shaw, Arthur Miller, and Sophocles are to my taste.
Favourites in poetry includes Oscar Wilde, Edgar Allan Poe, Edward
Thomas, Walt Whitman, William Wordsworth, Percy Bysshe Shelley,
William Blake, William Shakespeare, Robert Frost, Pablo Neruda,
Langston Hughes, Ralph Waldo Emerson, George Byron, and the like
and , especially, the Romantics.
Just as in books, the classics and those of quality draw me in to
films as well. Mostly drama, some independent, some foreign, some
mystery, some suspense, some musicals, some comedy, some fantasy,
and some animated ( old nostalgic ones from childhood). They
include 12 Angry Men ( 1957), The Shawshank Redemption, The Lord of
the Rings trilogy, The Matrix, The Silence of the Lambs,
Casablanca, High Sierra, The Maltese Falcon, Rear Window, The
Birds, The Lady Vanishes, The 39 Steps, Shadow of a Doubt, Citizen
Kane, City Lights, The Lives of Others, Black Book ( 2006), Amelie,
To Kill a Mockingbird, Singin' in the Rain, The Band Wagon, An
American in Paris, Pygmalion ( 1938), My Fair Lady, The Train, Mr.
Smith Goes to Washington, You Can't Take It With You, Insomnia,
Scent of a Woman, Black Swan, Rain Man, Nosferatu ( 1922), The
Invisible Man ( 1933), The Remains of the Day, Secretary, The
English Patient , Dead Poets Society, Harry and Tonto, and A Room
With a View as an example.
Television, for me, means Antiques Roadshow, Downton Abbey , Alfred
Hitchcock Presents, The Twilight Zone, Nature, social experiment
shows such as What Would You Do? , educational programming on such
subjects as history, science, art, animals, philosophy, and
astronomy, and a few comedic shows watched for nostalgia. British
programmes rank highly too - Doctor Who, QI, Keeping Up Appearances
, Are You Being Served? Mr. Bean , Jeeves and Wooster, Quite
Interesting, Prime Suspect, and more - as I am a long-time
Anglophile. And I LOVE Midsomer Murders, Inspector Morse, Inspector
Lewis, Miss Marple, and the majority of what would be found airing
on PBS Mystery. Adore it! I also am partial to podcasts like
In music I generally like individual songs more than certain
artists with the exception of classical. Soft rock, pop, opera,
classical, some rap and hip hop when working out and doing Zumba,
easy listening, jazz ( big band and smooth jazz particularly), and
some world is what inspires me to motion.
Some random examples :
Zoo Brazil " There Is Hope"
Aaron Copland " Fanfare for the Common Man"
The National " Exile Vilify"
Roxette "Listen to Your Heart"
Commodores " Nightshift"
Alicia Keys " Girl On Fire"
David Banner " Play"
Extreme " More Than Words"
Travis Porter " Bring It Back"
Enya " Only Time" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wfYIMyS_dI
Nine Inch Nails: " Closer "
VIC " Twerk It" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nXAHGKG9KQ
Sarah Brightman " Eden"
The Rascals " It's a Beautiful Morning" :
Sam Smith " Stay With Me" :
Beyonce " Partition" :
Vivaldi's "Spring" from the Four Seasons :
Food: All vegan, all the time. I try my best to stay with whole
foods and healthy foods to complement fitness goals though I can
get down occasionally with less than healthy ( get those vegan
brownies baking and that vegan coffee gelato out) as well. I know
how to cook and bake decently so I can make pretty much whatever I
want despite what I actually do is usually a matter of throwing
ingredients together as quickly as possible for lack of time or
inclination. Simple, delicious, healthy, vegan.