(A) Recently: Walter Kirn, Phillip Roth, Pynchon (well, just the
crying of lot 49). Just finished Sarah Vowell
assasination tourism memoir - that was fairly awesome. Before that
it was John Hodgman's atlas of untrue facts, from which I learned a
lot, mostly about molemen. Reading The Fortress of Solitude right
now, which is very good, despite the fact that it turns out it
isn't actually about superman.
That said, I do read a lot of comic books. Might as well just admit
that up front. And not just the respectable literary ones that get
reviewed in the NY times and show up on the occasional 'best books'
list to demonstrate how open-minded the writer is (although I read
those too). Mostly, I mean the elaborate soap operas for men with
dudes in spandex beating each other up.
(B)Anything by the Coen Brothers
and Miller's Crossing
. Lots of
other movies too, but I think those are the most telling.
(C)My primary music interest is jazz
, and that's what I'm most likely to
actually go out and see. Favorites include Mingus
. But I listen to a lot of
other things. Recently I haven't been able to stop with the Danger
album, and I've also been listening to a lot of Curtis Mayfield
. A quick
search of itunes reveals I have more tracks by Elvis Costello and
They Might Be Giants than any other artist.
And now a genre-hopping list of incongrous-seeming bands that I
enjoy, to demonstrate that I am a complex and fascinating person:
Ed's Redeeming Qualities, The Clash, Cab Calloway, Ghostface
particularly, Wu-Tang generally, Cake, Laura Cantrell, Journey
(just kidding...I think...), Talib Kweli, Talking Heads, In-Flight
Movie, anything involving Ella Fitzgerald, Flogging Molly, Alison
Krauss, Mephiskapheles, The Impressions, Gogol Bordello... I'll
finish this later.