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Favourite music: The Clash, Joy Division, Brian Eno, Radiohead,
Love & Arthur Lee, The Pixies, Caetano Veloso, Aphex Twin,
Ryuichi Sakamoto, Talking Heads, Nick Drake, Modest Mouse, Steve
Reich, Philip Glass, The Fall, Future Sound of London, Lou Reed,
Massive Attack, Portishead, Bernard Herrmann, The Specials, Flaming
Lips, The Beatles, Underworld, Squarepusher, Boards of Canada, The
Smiths, Joanna Newsom, Kraftwerk, mid-90s Chemical
Brothers/Prodigy/Moby/Fatboy Slim (before they all went a bit
shit), Kate Bush, Ennio Morricone...
*Disclaimer* We needn't match on any of this stuff, just as long as
you have your own tastes. If you are passionate about jazz or hip
hop or Javanese gamelan, that's great. If you only listen to the
musical equivalent of McDonald's, however... maybe we've got a
problem. Remember what I said about conveyor belts?
WRITERS: Used to read lots of social theory and philosophy: Marx,
Nietzsche, Freud, Foucault, Weber, Sartre, Benjamin, Adorno,
Arendt, Giddens, Habermas - stuff like that. Not quite so much,
these days, but I often find myself returning to the warm embrace
of a few sensible Anglo-Saxons: George Orwell, Isaiah Berlin,
Bertrand Russell, HG Wells, Christopher Hitchens.
In terms of fiction I'm a big fan of Haruki Murakami, JG Ballard,
and Yukio Mishima. I've read my share of classics (Kafka,
Hemmingway, Joyce, etc etc) with mixed success.
Favourite films: Too long to list, but The Graduate and Lost in
Translation are two of personal significance.