I love to curl up with true crime novels, pulp fiction and old
Hollywood biographies. Of course, my James Cain, Dashiell Hammett
and Raymond Chandlers share the shelves with Jane Austen. I refuse
to buy e-books, as I'm tactile and honestly prefer to pour over
dusty stacks lorded over by a cat. I can't wait to start poring
over The Kept Girl, which is based on Chandler and true events.
More so, I'm working on my first novel. Non-fiction. Truth is
stranger than fiction.
I'm addicted to film noir, especially Double Indemnity, along with
nearly anything with Humphrey Bogart or Robert Mitchum. I also love
dark comedies and have no shame in admitting my guilty pleasure
viewing is Ladies And Gentlemen The Fabulous Stains or Valley Girl.
Other favorites include Sunset Boulevard, Breakfast At Tiffany's,
Sixteen Candles, Heathers, Roadside Prophets, Foxes, Gregory's
Girl, The Man With The Golden Arm, Suburbia, Teresa's Tattoo,
Office Space, In A Lonely Place, Maltese Falcon, The Usual
Suspects, Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?, The Sentinel (the 1970s
horror film, not the action flick), Happiness, Sid & Nancy,
Starstruck ( the '80s Aussie flick, not the Disney one), Dream For
An Insomniac, Night Of The Comet, An Education, Waterloo Bridge
(the remake) and Atonement.
I'm trying to watch as little television as possible, unless it is
educational or culturally enriching. I'm trying to rationalize It's
Always Sunny In Philadelphia reruns into that paradigm. That
doesn't seem to be working, so I'm watching Downton Abbey, Revenge,
The Following and (of course) Dragnet/Adam-12/Emergency
I seem to lean toward a lot of garage, mod, and Eurotrash music,
but my tastes are pretty eclectic. I go to a lot of shows. I'm
looking forward to the Strypes (the cute little Irish kids who were
weaned on the Yardbirds and NOT Stryper the awful Christian metal
band), Nick Waterhouse, Neko Case, Temples, Black Lips, Lykki Li,
World Party and Nick Cave. I don't think I've met a Black Lips or
Hanni El Khatib show I didn't attend. My all-time favorite band is
Afghan Whigs, but I don't know if I can brave Coachella for the
reunion and booking Pappy & Harriet's on a weeknight is just
mean. However, that may be surpassed by my newly reignited
adoration for Mike Viola who absolutely stole the show at the
recent Wild Honey Orchestra show (the Beatles-themed benefit for
autism) with his version of "Oh! Darling."
I love sushi, dim sum, Devil Dogs, bread, seafood, pasta and pie. I
recently discovered fish tacos are not whole little fishies with
head and bone intact and are quite delicious (not from SoCal, can
you tell?). But nothing can compare to the simplistic deliciousness
of a bacon-wrapped hot dog... except maybe a lamb burger from
Alcove or my latest obsession: Mouls et frites.