As books go, I mostly read novels and short stories with the
occasional memoir or political diatribe sprinkled in for color. Oh,
and cookbooks, though I rarely cook with a recipe actually in front
of me. A few favorite books: "A Heartbreaking Work Of Staggering
Genius" by Dave Eggers, "Good Omens" by Neil Gaiman and Terry
Pratchett, "Inside Mr. Enderby" by Anthony Burgess, "I Have No
Mouth And I Must Scream" by Harlan Ellison, "The Real Frank Zappa
Book" by FZ and Peter Occhiogrosso, "Still Life With Woodpecker" by
Tom Robbins, "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest" by Ken Kesey. Lots
more. I'll stop there. I also read lots of plays, but less now
since I don't really *do* plays anymore.
As movies go, I like a lot of things, ranging from cheap to
classic. I like sci-fi, horror, action, adventure, comedy, westerns
(particularly the classic spaghetti variety), martial arts flicks.
I do like drama, but it's got to be gritty and dark. Think the
opposite of Seabiscuit. If it's smart enough, it doesn't have to be
dark, but it must certainly be gritty. A brief smattering of
off-the-cuff essentials: Once Upon A Time In The West, Dr.
Strangelove, Miller's Crossing, GoodFellas, Evil Dead 2, Rear
Window, Zombieland, The Shawshank Redemption, Pulp Fiction, Fists
Of Fury, Naked, Groundhog Day, The Usual Suspects, The Godfather 1
& 2 (but not so much on #3), Butch Cassidy and the Sundance
Kid, Alien, The Exorcist, Rosemary's Baby,
Young Frankenstein, Brazil. I'll stop there.
As music goes, there's something good being done in every genre,
without any exceptions I know of. Having said that, my tastes are
fairly rock heavy with a flair for the indie. I also heavily dig on
"less-typical" forms of jazz and classical music. As for most other
genres, I've got some select favorites, but I only dabble. I don't
really dig on much popular music, basically because the radio
pop-rock scene a corporate cesspool. Some favorites: Guided By
Voices, Frank Zappa, Tom Waits, King Crimson, Husker Du, Arcade
Fire, Modest Mouse, The Mountain Goats, Ryan Adams, John Zorn, Mr.
Bungle, Spoon, The Clash, Elvis Costello, Charlie Mingus, Ornette
Coleman, Bill Frisell, Sage Francis, Superchunk, Wilco, My Morning
Jacket, Beck, Soundgarden, Shellac, and the incomparable Marvin
Food. I like food. This works out well, since I make my living from
it. I eat entirely too much red meat, but I'm working on that. I
also eat way too much bacon, but I'm not working on that at all. My
favorites tend to be American standards, and my international
sensibilities seem to usually veer towards Italian. I also dig Thai
and love me some sushi.