Firstly, I firmly believe that life is to short to read shit.
At present, I am on a spiritual books quest. I realized that my
formal education was deficient in omitting the great western
spiritual texts. I am about half way through the Koran and will
start to work through the other writings of the western
I recently finished Stendehall's The Red and The Black. Just before
that I re-read and re- loved Moby Dick.
Last year, I finished reading Annuals of Former World, a history of
geology. It was unbelivably fascinating. I am working my way now
through Black Swan...I don't think that will be a favorite. The
book on the bell curve, not the recent popular movie. I recently
finished, and I think it will be a favorite, The Power of Now,
although it was a "spirtual text". I I also recently finished
biographies of Miamonidies and Dean Acheson.
For fun, and since I am originally from Los Angeles, I read Michael
McConnelly crime thrillers.
My 3 favorite movies: Charlie Chaplin's City Lights. Woody Allen's
Crimes and Misdemeanors, and John Hughe's Ferris Beuhler's Day
Other favorite movies would be Annie Hall, Manhattan, Apocolypse
Now, The Band's Visit, The Secretary, Two Guys and a Girl.
For music, anything by Miles Davis, Johnny Coltrane, Charlie
Parker, Rhett Garland, or Ray Bryant. The Beattles, of course. The
Man in Black, The Goldberg Variations as played by Glenn Gould. I'm
not really a classical music fan. I think there is a lot of garbage
that passes itsself off as "classical" when it is really trash.