I have very few dislikes beyond the boring and mundane. I realize
this sounds a bit undiscriminating, but I rarely have an experience
I truly don't like, even if the only thing I get out of it is "I
won't try THAT again!"
Trying to be more specific, I tend to read far more non-fiction
such as history, politics and economics (excited yet?), cook-books
and food science. I am trying to get back to reading more works of
fiction, including the ones I missed throughout my years of
schooling because they didn't comport with my OWN reading
When I visit my Dad, the first couple of days are often spent
reading all the Nat Geos he has received since my last visit.
Saveur magazine, cover-to-cover as soon as it arrives.
Raging Bull, Taxi Driver, Bull Durham, To Kill a Mockingbird, Marx
Brothers, Buster Keaton, Charley Chaplin, Harold Lloyd, the silent
Laurel & Hardy's, Brazil, Time Bandits, old soppy, weepy films.
Not everything has to have a happy ending.
I like to watch my Mariners and Sounders. My life does NOT revolve
around sports, and top-level, for-profit athletics in this country
DO embody some dichotomies I find interesting and sometimes
difficult to reconcile, but I choose to see it as merely
entertainment. I try to avoid the more tribal aspects and ignore
the ritualized combat and just enjoy it for the competition.
Daily Show and Colbert Report, though I usually watch them
Trailer Park Boys. Brilliant.
Musically, I am all over the place, and though I DO enjoy folk
music, especially the more protesty stuff, I am more John Belushi
than Stephen Bishop in the famous scene from Animal House.
American music, from Dixieland onward. Swing, be-bop, hard bop,
fusion. Hillbillies strumming banjos and playing fiddles. Punk.
50's rock, 60's rock, 70's rock etc., etc... you get the point. I
prefer my music to not be overproduced and highly packaged, the
rough edges smoothed out for mass appeal.
Everything. Pork brings me pleasure. I love the big, bold flavors
of tropical and subtropical cuisines. I love the hearty and earthy
foods of the Northern climes. I love the complexity of Indian,
Burmese, and Thai curries. The sharp and pungent flavors of Viet
cuisine. The subtlety and focus of Japanese cuisines. The communal
style and bold flavors of Korean and East African meals. Everywhere
around the Mediterranean and throughout Europe, from East to
I was weaned on Mexican food, raised on solid midwestern, fed and
taught by a devotee of Julia, introduced to authentic Thai before
most people in this country knew the difference between Taiwan and
Thailand. I revere southern foods, know my grits, love BBQ (pref.
East Carolina), and am very proud of my region and our own nascent,
though already quite distinct cuisine.
But don't get me started...
It really is far more than just fuel to me.