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These are just references, and no reflection of who I am as a
Currently reading The Eiffel Tower and Other Mythologies by Roland
Barthes. Just finished Viktor Frankl's Man's Search for Meaning and
Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey, re-read Philip K. Dick's Ubik, and
waded into Orlando Figes's The Whisperers: Private Life in Stalin's
Thomas Piketty's Capital in the Twenty-First Century is on my
nightstand, a purchase that was sheer optimism on my part.
Favorites include L'étranger, Pride and Prejudice, Have Space
Suit—Will Travel, The Quiet American, Lolita, Ubik, Neuromancer,
Alan Hollinghurst, mid-career Martin Amis, Ian McEwan's
Movies: in 2013 I liked Amour, Captain Phillips and Gravity; in
2014, I liked Inside Llewyn Davis, Snowpiercer and Boyhood, but
nothing held a candle to 2001: A Space Odyssey in 70MM; this year,
I didn't have time for much other than Mad Max: Thunder Road,
Tangerine, and The Best of Enemies, but if you had to pick a few
things, those were good choices. I love a lot of Buster Keaton’s
work, The Gold Rush, Rules of the Game, Nights of Cabiria, Wild
Strawberries, From Russia with Love, Goldfinger, Jean-Pierre
Melville thrillers, early Jean-Luc Godard, the Soviet War &
Peace, Stalker, Law of Desire and a lot of Almodovar, Tarantino,
Princess Mononoke, the Bourne trilogy. Seriously, the Bourne
trilogy comprises three of the best movies of the century.
Music: Bob Wills, Leon Russell, Missy Elliot, Lil' Wayne, Wayne
Hancock, Girl Talk, Alarm Will Sound, Hot Club of Cowtown, L7, many
Television: I rarely watch it, and when I do, I can tolerate a six
episode season, and that's about it. Slings & Arrows is the
high water mark; apart from being funny, poignant, and
well-observed, the psychopaths in it are not its heroes, but
obstacles whom the heroes must overcome in order to create
something that betters and illuminates the human experience. Why is
this so rare in prestige television?
Theater: I always love to see what those crazy kids are doing
downtown. Or in Bushwick. Not one for the musicals, but Hamilton
was profoundly moving.
Food: the crispy lamb with cumin and chili pepper at Fu Run, a
Mongolian restaurant in Flushing, is the best thing ever and should
be the official state food. I once, however, ordered braised sea
slug, and that is on the top of my list of
musts-to-avoid-in-future. I've taken that bullet for you: don't
order braised sea slug.
All in all, I'm up for something that challenges me.