Books, Fiction: Samuel Beckett above all. Shakespeare, John Webster
and Jacques Tourneur. Moby Dick. Catch-22. All kinds of "classic"
lit. Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian. Jorge Luis Borges. Stephen
King. Adam Hall's Quiller novels. Dashiell Hammett and loads of
pulp horror and crime.
The best book I read this year was Edward P. Jones' The Known
World, a rich, masterful depiction of the life Henry Townsend,
farmer, ex-slave, and slave owner. It appears to be historically
accurate, and is about a horrifying subject without itself being
horrifying. Jones is a D.C. native, too.
Books, Non-Fiction: Eichmann in Jerusalem by Hannah Arendt. How the
Mind Works by Steve Pinker. Facing West by Richard Drinnon. The
Analects of Confucius. The Tao is Silent by Raymond Smullyan.
Movies: Videodrome. The Battle of Algiers. Night of the Living
Dead. Euro horror. B-movies - both cheezy and sleazy. I have a very
extensive knowledge of horror movies, try me! Art: Fassbinder.
Hitchcock. Greenaway. Bunuel. Coppola. Scorsese: Taxi Driver, Mean
Streets, Goodfellas, Raging Bull. Many, many more.
I don't usually like documentaries because they tend to be coercive
in their narration and selective in their depiction of events, and
I feel like filmmakers have an obligation to capture reality above
all. That said, The Act of Killing is the best film I've
seen all year and deserves every award that's been given it.
TV: Adventure Time. Battlestar Galactica. Twin Peaks. Game of
Music: Biggie, and things that Pandora plays for me when I ask it
to play things that sound like Biggie. The Wu Tang Clan, Outkast,
Frank Ocean, MF Doom and the Geto Boys. Some hip hop of the
"real-hip-hop-isn't-rap" school (e.g. Lupe Fiasco), but I am no
snob. Bonnie Prince Billy, Johnny Cash, Portishead, the Robert
Glasper Experiment and the Blues to chill out.
Food: Not too picky but Thai, Indian, Chinese, and whole-roasted
chicken from Don Pollo.