Lately I've been reading a lot of Vonnegut
, been through a Hunter S.
Thompson phase, and briefly, a Bukowski phase. I can typically tear
through a novel in four days. In addition, Malcolm Gladwell
fascinates me. I've also read Human Action by Ludwig von Mises
1,000 pages of economic theory that attempts to explain the
totality of human behavior from the development of language onward
through the study of trade - wild stuff.)
Movies; I've been so busy ostensibly making one that I've missed a
lot. But I do typically like offbeat documentaries (American Movie
inadvertently inspired the last nine years of my life), Exit Through
the Gift Shop
thrilled me, and was made in part by friends of
mine, what else...anything Charlie Kaufman
had a hand in
Eternal Sunshine, etc.), Coen Brothers
stuff, lowbrow car
chase movies, almost anything, really.
Music is all over the map. Particularly, Pinback
, LCD Soundsystem
, The Fall
, The Sea and Cake
, Daft Punk
, Of Montreal
, Joy Zipper
. Max Tundra
, plus a lot of '70's
funk/jazz/library music (Piero Umiliani
, et. al.), a lot
of '80's new wave
lot of current electronic stuff, a lot of everything. I am
upgrading my iPod to 240GB. I do also make music, chiefly
programming it in Midisoft Studio 4 for Windows 95. I'm old-skool,
Also, rad props and shout-outs to local acts I know personally,
, 'Til Death Do Us Party
and the Scallywags
(whose logo I designed), and all them other
fantastic loud-ass basement children rippin' it up right here in
Food - Anything local, especially with local beer to wash it down.
Milwaukee has no dearth of excellent local restaurants: there are
the Bay View essentials (Honeypie, Lulu, Palomino, etc.). Transfer
owns my heart for pizza these days although Lisas's is a close 2nd.
Thai A Kitchen and EE Sane are my favorite Thai places, there's
Maharaja (good Indian), Mayura (good cheap Indian), the Lowlands
Group restaurants (Trocadero, Cafe Hollander, Centraal), Emperor of
China, Conejitos, and neither last nor least is Speed Queen, who
offer the only legitimate barbecue in Milwaukee, served in
styrofoam and ordered through a bulletproof drive-thru, naturally.
There are others.
Or, if I'm cooking, lots of pasta and hearty soups from scratch,
some grilling, and the occasional experiment with Indian food.
After seeing the peppers, tomatoes and eggplant some friends of
mine grew in their backyard I'm keen to try a garden next summer.
Also, I know the secret of the perfect pie crust. That secret is