Most recently purchased: Rebecca Solnit's The Faraway Nearby. Most
recently finished: Jonathan Franzen's The Discomfort Zone. Majorly
informed by A.H. Almaas in the spirituality zone; and in literary
ways I've been touched by Dubliners (James Joyce); Madame Bovary
(Flaubert); The Fixer (Malamud), bits of the Bible-as-literature,
and many poems by Auden
, James Merrill, Rumi, Bishop, Frost,
Black Orpheus. The Ice Storm; Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; and
everything else by Ang Lee. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
Groundhog Day. The Horse's Mouth. The Decalogue (Kieslowski).
Koyaanisqatsi. Into the Woods. Princess Mononoke. Triplets of
Belleville. The Lives of Others. The Hurt Locker. Cave of Forgotten
though I don't watch much at all these days, I've enjoyed Six Feet
Under and Arrested Development. Fawlty Towers is a perennial
favorite--John Cleese is a force of nature.
In the Western classical world, say Bach and Brahms and Beethoven;
and in the modern arena, Talking Heads, Built to Spill, Dar
Williams, Patty Griffin, Belle & Sebastian, MGMT, Leonard
Cohen, The Beatles, Manu Chao, Muse, The Knife, Bastille, The
Shins... and those amazing Tibetan monks--the ones with the
Butternut squash in any of its resplendent forms. Lox. Pesto.
Salads of many ingredients. Chocolate. (Another thing I'm good at:
buying chocolate!) Thai and Indian food in particular, but really I
haven't met a cuisine I didn't like... except maybe Venetian--it's
crazy what they will fry in Venice.