Addicted to Spotify.
Lucinda Williams, CHVRCHES, Kendrick Lamar, Japandroids, The Velvet
Underground, The Pixies, The Jam, The Clash, The Cure, The Ramones,
Jay-Z, the Black Keys, The Arcade Fire, Bikini Kill, Scissor
Sisters, Sleater-Kinney, Yeahsayer, Dirty Projectors, Lil Wayne,
Fleet Foxes, Wilco, Vashti Bunyan, Joanna Newsom, the Roots, Nick
Cave, Passion Pit, Ratatat remixes, Xiu Xiu, Yura Yura Teikoku,
Battles, My Morning Jacket, The Knife, The Gossip, DJ Shadow, MGMT,
Calexico, Zazen Boys, LCD Soundsystem, Best Coast, Kanye West, the
Depending on my mood, I watch both smart movies that make you think
or dumb movies that don't. I dressed as Bill from (of Bill and
Ted's Excellent Adventure) for Halloween this year, which reflected
my obsessive re-watching of those movies. I'm not picky, but I
can't handle horror movies because I am a delicate flower like
that. If it's a costume drama, I'm probably in. I have a weakness
for 1930's screwball comedies. (I have a crush on Katherine
Hepburn.) Some movies that have made an impression on me: Bad
Education, Spirited Away, Star Wars, Kill Bill 1&2, It Happened
One Night, the Big Lebowski
I read constantly. Travel books by Paul Theroux
, fantasy by Terry Pratchett
magical realism by Murakami Haruki
science by Richard Dawkins
, and lots and
lots of Japanese textbooks
. P.D. James
and Neal Stephenson
Golden Age mysteries. Just to start. Recently, I've been reading
books in Japanese. It's hard.
My favorite book of recent years was "Jonathan Strange and Mr.
Norrell." One of my favorite books of all time is "China Mountain
," a novel about a dystopian future in which China has
taken over much of the world, including the United States,
replacing it as a world power. Oddly enough, none of that matters:
it's a novel about figuring out how to live with yourself. I still
need some work on that.
When I was a kid, there were a lot of things I didn't
like--mushrooms, onions, bell peppers, and so on. Now I love all
those things. The only two exceptions are offal and anything that
comes from the sea and is not a fish.
I love to cook, and have been cooking myself increasingly elaborate
recipes lately. I think it's because I spend too much time
thinking, and not enough time doing.