Almost finished with my MBA and looking to do my own thing later this year once I'm done.
My Mandarin's pretty good, but I guess you can be the judge of that.
Either that or I'm told that I resemble this or that famous person. Usually the comparisons are both flattering and wholly inaccurate.
- Anything with funky drums
- Anything on the Blue Note and Fantasy labels from roughly 1964 to 1973.
- Anything where Bernard Purdie gets to let it rip.
Fela Kuti, James Brown, George Gershwin, the Beach Boys, P-Funk
John Coltrane, Yusef Lateef, etc. etc.
As for books, since I spent ten years in China my reading tastes were determined by whatever the guys were selling off the back of their tricycles, but it was mostly non-fiction, history, memoirs and so on.
When I last went on holiday to the U.S. I was presented with a suitcase full of Christopher Hitchens as my Christmas present, and I am still making my way through his oevre.
Shows: Mighty Boosh, Flight of the Conchords, Mr. Show, Arrested Development, Shameless, etc.
Food. Kind of strange that they would ask this at the same time as books and music, but ok. I was never really a foodie per se although I find myself now sourcing chocolates, vanillas and other ingredients from various places for a biz I plan to start soon.
I used to cook a ton in Shanghai but less so now as Taiwan is so convenient. I can make pretty decent dumplings (水餃）from scratch and home-made ice cream as well.
Got a copy of Johnny Lytle's "The Soulful Rebel" the other day. Finding it hard to imagine living without that right now.
But actually if you're a kind, caring and decent person that's probably enough :-)