Books: Recent books I've read are Childhoods End and 1Q84
The Postmortal, and The Wind Up Girl were the 2 best sci-fi books
of recent memory.
I'm a big fan of Amy Hempel's short stories, and like ee Cummings
poetry as well as Sylvia Plath's earlier poems. Everyone likes
For non-fiction, I really liked Patti Smith's Just Kids, and enjoy
a lot of psychology books. Irvin D. Yalom's book 'Love's
Executioner' was a good read, as well as Jamison's book
'The Middle East Conflict for Dummies' is ironically about 800
pages, and I brought myself to read it. I've read a lot of economic
Osho's interpretation of the Diamond Sutra is fantastic, and I have
about 100 cookbooks.
Movies: Charlie Chaplin's City Lights is probably my favorite movie
of all time. Everyone cries a little at the end. If you don't cry,
you might be a poorly designed replicant.
I'm not the huge movie buff, but my tastes range from very artsy
foreign films, to weird anime, to big budget movies where things
explode. I like a lot of documentaries... Kumare was the last
really good one I watched.
Shows: Mostly Daily Show and Colbert.
Music: Lately I've been on a Brazilian music kick, and I've been
devouring any Caetano Veloso I can find. I just learned to sing and
play this tune:
To make a laundry list of other music for you:
The Bad Plus, Beethoven, Bjork, Brazilian Girls, Charles Mingus,
Charlie Parker, Chopin The Clash, The Cramps!, Debussy, DEVO, Edith
Piaf, Elvis, Sinatra, Hiromi, Iggy Pop, James Brown, Janelle Monae,
Jimi Hendrix, Joanna Newsom, Kings of Convenience, Led Zeppelin,
Lou Reed, Magnetic Fields, Man or Astro Man?, Modeselektor,
Moondog, Neutral Milk Hotel, Nina Simone, Of Montreal, Omodaka,
Outkast, Patti Smith, Pavement, Pharcyde, Prince, Radiohead,
Ramones, Ray Charles, SebastiAn, Serge Gainsbourg, Sex Pistols,
Sharon Jones, Spoon, Sufjan Stevens, Talking Heads, Temptations,
Tom Waits, Tune-Yards, White Stripes, Wu-Tang... and of course The
Beatles, Mozart, and other people everyone seems to like because
they are geniuses who have become acceptable.
I think that this song is insanely beautiful:
Food: Mostly plants, a little seafood. Not so crazy about meat. If
you learned to cook from an incredible Japanese chef, and spent
years making vegetables taste even more like themselves, you'd
probably feel the same way.