favorite books? the latest, if it's good, is usually among my
favorites, and my latest was one of the best novels i've ever read:
'any human heart' by william boyd. wallace stegner's 'angle of
repose', philip roth, herman brock, conrad, and homer still work
for me. oh, and 'everything else is noise' is a must if you love
music and history.
movies: i grew up watching fred astaire, so that's hard to beat.
but the deer hunter rates among the best along with man facing
southeast, last tango in paris, kirisawa's dreams (the climbing
scene stands out), buster keaton's 'the general', annie hall,
raging bull, midnight cowboy, vertigo, casablanca, lawrence of
arabia and many others.
music: gilberto gil and jorge ben. their collaboration was amazing.
the water boys' rendition of 'this is the sea' sends ripples
through my skin, as does van morrison's rendition of 'sweet thing'.
kurt weil/uta lemper, arvo paart, phillip glass and wagner's ring
cycle all elevate and transform in their own way. and a nod to
philip glass' satyagraha. Dum dum girls, hurray for the riff raff,
and if we're talking local bands, right now i'm into the california
food: i cooked professionally for years and have a soft spot for
southwestern sauces. but you can't beat the basic italian trito. or
tapas in barcelona or san sebastian. everything tastes good in