Mmm. The book question always stumps me. I used to be a big
fan, and I still consider "Heart of Darkness"
among the shortest philosophically devastating novels of all time.
The craftsmanship of the thing is just breathtaking. I read a lot
particularly the hard stuff; Bear
all favorites, but for sheer
sparkling story-telling Zelazny
is hard to beat (he's my
stylistic hero). Early influences on my own writing would include
LOTS of Thomas
(not the "Bonfire of the Vanities" guy, the one who died
of tubercles in his brain in 1938).
Music: I'm a classicist at heart, I suppose; I listen to symphonies
. In more
modern terms I tend to be all over the place; I'll go from
without a segue; I find
fascinating (and in my case "world music" isn't just code for
"African"). I confess to a strange enjoyment of Ligeti
as well, atonalities and
Food: I like food, which explains the 20 pounds or so I could still
stand to lose. I'll eat virtually anything that people at a table
somewhwere in the world are eating; I'm fascinated by the culinary
landscape. I also cook a little, mostly simple Mediterranean stuff,
but some Thai and Indian dishes as well. Curried red lentils and
chickpea chhole are my diet dishes these days. I was a vegetarian
for a year or so, and rather enjoyed it, and if good Indian food
readily available, I'd go back tomorrow.
Yes, I would eat dogs and horses and even people without any moral
qualms. I'm equal opportunity that way.