- Books: Mainly of non-fiction. I cannot have a favorite book, but
I think Being and Time by Heidegger is one of the deepest and
difficult books ever written. I also love Tao-Te-King
and the Analects by
Confucius, which are also deep but less difficult.
Regarding non-fiction I guess my favorite book is The Little Prince
Petit Prince) by Saint-Exupéry (more favorite books after this are
Hesse, Don Quixote by Cervantes, The Catcher in the Rye by
Salinger, Cien Años de Soledad / One Hundred Years of Solitude by
García Márquez ) or I, Robot
I may have favorite authors: Fernando Pessoa
poet, along with haiku
poets), Sartre, Erich Fromm
, Murray Bookchin
(Groucho or Karl?), Martin Heidegger,, Allan Watts, Ken Wilber,
Abraham Maslow, Ivan Turgenev, Tolstoy, Kafka...and at the risk of
sounding too nerdy I should say I love textbooks, dictionaries,
maps, historical atlases and visual guides / atlases of any
- TV: I hardly watch TV now, but my favorite TV shows are BBC
documentaries...I've gradually lost my ability to watch TV series
unless they are very original, and I have watched creative and
funny, like the Big Bang Theory, the Simpsons, Futurama, Family Guy
or South Park. I also love British humor and British double acts.
However, movies, the news and some reports about current issues is
the only thing I watch on TV lately, apart from The Walking Dead
and The Strain.
- Cinema: I grew up watching TV and movies, and over the years I've
learned to avoid TV series and tacky TV films and focus on (what I
personally regard as) good movies, so I guess I've become a film
buff, although I like all kinds of British humor (Monty Python
, Sacha Baron
Cohen) and American "absurd" humor movies and parody films. I also
- Epic and historical films like: Lawrence of Arabia (including
good war films like Downfall / Der Untergang)
- (Most) musicals
- (Most) movies with "real" heroes (Schindler's List
Pianist, Hotel Rwanda, Awakenings, The Impossible
/ Lo imposible
, A Beautiful
Mind, My Left Foot, The Elephant Man, Alive, The Motorcycle Diaries
/ Diarios de motocicleta).
- Intercultural movies (like Dances with Wolves, Jeremiah Johnson,
Akira Kurosawa, Babel, The Empire of the Sun or The Last
- (Some) science fiction / thrillers / horror movies (but never too
gory, and all the better if they can a bit humorous like Shaun of
the Dead or Zombieland), etc.
I also love it when a very serious subject is depicted through an
apparently incompatible genre such as comedy or horror, like in the
vita è bella
(Life is beautiful), Lars and the Real Girl, or
Aparecidos (a great Hispanic ghost film that denounces the
disappearance of thousands of dissidents during the military
dictatorship in Argentina).
Favorite actors and actresses: Robert Redford, Robert De Niro, Matt
Damon, Anthony Hopkins, Jeff Bridges, Will Smith, Brad Pitt, Morgan
Freeman, Kevin Spacey, Sean Penn...(regarding Hopkins, Freeman and
Spacey, I especially love the sense of dignity they always convey
with their acting)
Favorite actresses: Jane Fonda, Cate Blanchett, Barbra Streissand,
Naomi Watts, Kathy Bates, Emma Thomson, Hillary Swank, Charlize
Theron, Jodie Foster, Uma Thurman, Rachel Weisz...
Favorite directors: Stephen Spielberg, Oliver Stone, Danny Boyle,
Roman Polanski, Clint Eastwood, Amenábar, Almodóvar, Guillermo Del
Toro, Tarantino, James Cameron, Ridley Scott, Sean Penn...and from
a linguistic point of view I think Mel Gibson't efforts should be
acknowledged and imitated (I hate it when language is taken for
granted in historical movies)
Favorite comedians: Marx Brother's and far behind Adam Sandler, Ben
Stiller, Jack Black, Mike Myers, Bill Murray, Leslie Nielsen, Rob
Schneider, Owen Wilson, Gene Wilder...
Favorite dictators:...just kidding...
Most disliked actors: Jackie Chan and far behind Jean Claude Van
Damme, Steven Seagal and Chuck Norris
Favorite bad actor: Silvester Stallone.
- Music. My favorite music is Bossa Nova and Vinicius de Moraes
music, and also Italian music / la canzone italiana. I also like
Celtic music, Queen
Beatles, Pulp, Leonard Cohen, The Cure, Björk / Sugarcubes, Aṣa, 30
Seconds to Mars, classical (Chopin, Albéniz, Manuel de Falla, etc),
world folk music (especially Russian folk music.)
Regarding Hispanic / Spanish music I like Julieta Venegas (simple
but nice and original), Joan Manuel Serrat (his first songs),
(a "mystic" who composes, sings and plays, he's just
great), Calle 13
(they're very original, creative, witty, funny, and deep, generally
at the same time) and Delafé y las flores
(a Catalan band, halfway between indie pop and trip hop,
whose music and videos make you fly to heaven...and beyond).
I should mention that I personally think that some of the best
songs and best video-clips of all time are by Monthy Python,
especially those in the movie The Meaning of Life
or Every Sperm is Sacred.
- Food: In general I'm not picky...but, to be honest I don't like