My favorite author is Haruki Murakami, but lately I've been reading
some John Le Carre novels.
Some favorite non-Murakami books from the last few years or so are
The Log of the S.S. The Mrs. Unguentine, Invisible Cities and Why
I love finding new music, but there will always be a special place
in my heart for hometown-heroes WILCO. Some other perennial
favorites are the Decemberists, Andrew Bird, the New Pornographers,
Neko Case and The Hold Steady. Lately I've been listening to a lot
of Damien Jurado, Wye Oak, Tune-Yards, Dirty Projectors and Grizzly
Bear. Other than indie music, I also listen to Jazz, especially
Dave Brubeck, Miles Davis and Charles Mingus.
I don't watch much TV, but I've really enjoyed Mad Men, Game of
Thrones, The Sopranos, The Wire, Battlestar Galactica and (most
importantly in my life) the West Wing. I'm watching Star Trek: TNG
right now, so if you want to nerd out with me on that, that'd be
As far as movies go, anything written by Charlie Kauffman goes to
the top of the list. But I also liked I Am Love, Ratatouille, Tokyo
Story, Melancholia and anything from Werner Herzog, Errol Morris or
Tarantino. I also liked Stories We Tell, but it totally wrecked my
Food is a big part of my life, and French food is my first love.
But I also have a special affinity for Korean, Thai, Italian and
I like new world spirits, old world wine and American Beer,
especially barrel-strength Bourbon, Rye, Dark rum, French Wine, and
Belgian-style beers from American brewers. I have an
on-again-off-again relationship with tiki drinks.