While all of the above have significance in my life, none is of
more importance to me than music.
Most books I own are non-fiction or about philosophy-both Western
and Eastern. I am an information junkie. When I am interested in a
subject I am unyielding in learning as much as I can about it. So I
have many non-fiction books on everything from architecture to
design to furniture history and construction to tattoos to
motorcycles to race car design (LMP, GTR, F1) to artists like
Edward Hopper, Eric Fischl, Richard Estes, John Register,
TV: I really don't watch much TV. I do appreciate Discovery,
I am a prolific film watcher and enjoy mainstream but prefer indie
films as well as older black and white films from the 40's, 50's
and 60's; more recent films (after 1980): Valley Girl, John Hughes'
teen movies (Pretty in Pink, Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club,
Weird Science, Some Kind of Wonderful, Ferris Bueller's Day Off) ,
Boondock Saints, Neo Ned, Slumdog Millionaire, Control, Wanted,
Brother, Donnie Darko, Guy Ritchie Films (RockNRolla, Layer Cake,
etc.), Scott Pilgrim VS. The World, James Bond films, Quentin
Tarantino movies (Pulp Fiction Kill Bill, Hero, Inglorious
Bastards, etc.), Beautiful Girls, Penelope, Garden State, Michael
Mann films (Heat, Miami Vice, Collateral, Thief, etc.), David Mamet
films and sooooo many more.
The older films I love are too many to list; ie.The Black Rose, The
Sweet Smell of Success, and so many more.....also Film Noir. Some
actors I enjoy that are pre-1970: Cary Grant, Spencer Tracy, Bogey,
Orson Welles, Ava Gardner, Lana Turner, Rita Hayworth, Marlene
Dietrich, and too many others to list.
I am constantly changing what I listen to depending on my mood and
my tastes at the moment. I like all kinds of music.
I have a HUGE vinyl record and CD collection and rarely listen to
the radio. Some of the stuff I return to lately are: Joy Division,
New Order, older punk and new wave, The Church, The Pineapple
Thief, Interpol, Slowdive, Engineers, The Meeting Places, Felt,
Lifehouse, Very Early Tangerine Dream, Tom Middleton, Jimmy Van M,
John Digweed, Camera Obscura, Luna-Dean Wareham, BT, Underworld,
The Pogues, The Cure, the Killers, Fleet Foxes, David Bowie, Sigur
Ros, Ron Pope, The Notwist, The Xx, Mogwai, M83, The National, Iggy
Pop, David Bowie, MGMT, Washed Out, Cut Copy, Cee-Lo Green, Love
Robot, Badly Drawn Boy, The Middle East, Bon Iver, Snow Patrol, The
Avett Brothers, Johnny Cash, Pasty Cline, Waylon Jennings, Jay-Z,
1980's and 90's alternative, THIS LIST GOES ON FOREVER. I also love
early Jazz- Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Cal Tjader, most Jazz from
about 1957 to 1965 (the Blue Note and Verve years), again there so
many to list...
I buy a CD or two a week and a vinyl record every couple of weeks.
I have thousands of CDs and over a thousand vinyl records.
I like my food to have lots of flavor and be fresh. I hate chain
restaurants and love hole in the wall, obscure little
I love exotic foods like: Puerto Rican food (not Cuban-there is a
BIG difference), ALTHOUGH- I also love Cuban food, most
Latin/Caribbean food, Indian (I live on CHAI!!!!!), Real Italian,
Real Mexican, Thai is my favorite if done right, just about
anything as long as its light, fresh and not over-processed or
over-cooked, AND has strong, colorful flavors.
I do my best to consume fresh organic non-processed foods including
eggs, dairy products, fish, meat and chicken. Although I only eat a
small amount of meat, I refuse to eat tofu. I cook this way for
myself and my son. I love to cook from scratch because I control
what goes into what I eat.