Books: IMPRO: Improvisation and the Theater, the Alexandria
Quartet, A little book on the Human Shadow, Sounding the Territory,
a Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore - beautiful writing. Reading
Physics of the Future. Love that stuff: science geeky tech... I
love great novels where the writing is rich, the themes are
poignant, the ideas challenging. Speaking of that, I just read The
Bone People - first two thirds were great. I have some qualms with
the last fourth. But the characters were deep and real, and the
writing fresh (though the book was written in the 80s). Other
recents: Cutting for Stone, the Sparrow...
Movies: Raising Arizona (and most Cohen Bros films), Hero (wow -
like watching a modern dance performance), La Cite des Enfants
Perdus (bizarre in just the right way), The Triplets of Belleville,
and other foreign films (that might be what I watch the most); I
like action movies like Bourne Identity, classics like Lawrence of
Arabia, and I have fond memories of movies from long ago like the
Princess Bride, independent films - You Can Count on Me was very
well done and not overstated. I just remembered Time Code - very
cool movie in which the screen is split into quadrants, each
showing part of the drama happening in real time. The Secret in
Their Eyes - masterful!
, Pedro Luis Ferrer
(would love to
get some more good bluegrass - any suggestions?), Gonzalo
Food: Chia kombucha - who would have thought - but it kicks ass!
Mangoes, Greek salads, flourless chocolate cake, avocado milkshake
(seriously - had it first in Ecuador on the coast - they can be
awesome). Just learned that I have some sensitivity to gluten and
dairy [whah whaaa] - so that's cramped my style a bit, but
limitations can also inspire creativity.
Podcasts: TED Talks are awesome (would be fun to watch them and
discuss) and I really love KQED's Forum, especially the ones
Michael Krasny does - he's such an articulate, perceptive, and
broadly knowledgeable interviewer. Democracy Now is my favorite
news program - it kicks booty. When I was a kid and first heard the
word booty in elementary school, I pictured it as being spelled
boodie. We'd go around saying "MY boodie don't stank" to each
other. Well, maybe you had to be there... Or maybe I'm just writing
this as a foil to the erudite Krasny...
Trees/plants: Aspen, Redwood, Manzanita, Magnolia, Avocado (I've
been having fun recently growing avocado plants from the pits).