Books: Too, too many. Recently, Homicide by David Simon, City of
Glass by Paul Auster, Murakami's short stories "Honey Pie" and "The
Year of Spaghetti," Raymond Chandler, Ray Bradbury, Budd
Schullberg, "The Monkey's Wrench" by Primo Levi, Cormac McCarthy,
Phillip Roth, Charles Bukowski, Joseph Mitchell, Jose Saramago,
Faulkner...... and on and on and on.
Movies: Big Night, The Big Lebowski, Night On Earth, Manhattan, In
The Mood For Love, Talk To Her, Cafe Express; Miyazaki, Jarmusch,
Coen Brothers, Wes Anderson, Charlie Kaufman.
TV: The Wire and Curb Your Enthusiasm, exclusively.
Music: Joao Gilberto, Jonathan Richman, Cannonball Adderley, Hank
Williams, Sade, Venice Shoreline Chris, Chaka Khan, Marvin Gaye,
The Kings of Convenience, Velvet Underground, Zapp & Roger, the
haunting blues of Mississippi John Hurt, Skip James, Robert
Johnson, Mance Lipscomb, Fred McDowell...........
Food: Fresh, local, organic from small farmers whose names I know.
Steaming hot, fresh-from-the-oven bread with butter and salt. Olive
oil on everything, especially Swiss chard, beans, and poached eggs