I love a book that sucks me in & I can't stop reading it every
spare minute until it is devoured. I don't find those very often,
but when I do, they are gems. I also appreciate both fiction and
non-fiction that is both intelligent and funny. Some of my favorite
authors are: T. C. Boyle, Tom Robbins, Augusten Burroughs, Nick
Hornby, bell hooks, T. Geisel, Christopher Moore, David Sedaris,
Carl Hiaasen, Jennifer Weiner, Jonathan Tropper, Matt Taibbi and
I'm really a periodical junkie: Bitch, Brain, Child, Mother Jones,
the NY Times, Rolling Stone, Atlantic monthly, Science News... I
like the satisfaction of reading something start to finish, that's
topical and has taught me something new.
There are too many too name. A few all time faves: Down by Law, Fly
Away Home, Across the Universe, Heist (the mamet one). Loved
I recently treated myself to an HDTV, and love watching it when I
have time. Colbert & Stewart are faves, and I enjoy Nova, Mad
Men, True Blood, 30 Rock, Key & Peele, Children's Hospital,
Breaking Bad, United States of Tara, Hung.
Podcasts: I dig the Moth, Freakonomics Radio, Wait, Wait, This
American Life, Fresh Air, Planet Money.
Music: Beatles, Southern Culture on the Skids, Propellerheads,
Martin Sexton (saw him play last summer and he was transcendent),
Ben Folds, Red Molly, Beck, Greg Brown, Elvis Costello, Guster,
Violent Femmes, Ryan Adams, Classic rock (Neil Young, Stones,
Broooce, etc) to name but a very few. I love to dance to disco and
the old-fashioned dance stuff like Deee Lite, Salt n' Pepa and
Sugar Hill Gang. I am having fun with Just Dance on the Wii!
I find that great outdoor music scenes, with smiling people and
kids about, really fills my spiritual tank. I've been a regular at
the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival for many years, and went to the
Gathering of the Vibes the last couple of years.
It's a big wide world of culinary delights yet to be discovered. I
love most Asian cuisines and most things "ethnic" (except, say,
steak and kidney pie). I'm picky about Chinese food, and not so
much about pizza (very unusual for a native New yawker). There's
not much I *don't* like, but that list is shorter: nuts, seeds,
whipped cream, fish eyeball, pumpkin pie, Organ meats, and raw
oysters. I love Ice cream (I like to utilize my ice cream maker in
the summer), smoked salmon, chocolate and coke zero. Cereal and
milk is my primary staple. My cereal collection puts Seinfeld to