Food: I like it ! As a kid I was always willing to try a food
before I decided whether or not I actually liked it, and that's
held true all this time.
Indian, Italian, Moroccan, Mexican (which in many cases is Tex-Mex
which can be ok, but I like finding places that keep it a little
more traditional too), barbecue (I'm getting my grillin' in
I'm not all opposed to vegetarian or vegan food, but currently I'm
neither (vegan nor vegetarian) - something of a lapsed
Cormac McCarthy (The Road, All the Pretty Horses)
Margaret Atwood's Oryx & Crake & The Year of the
Under the Dome, Stephen King.
The Shadow of the Wind, Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Housekeeping, Marilynne Robinson.
The Four Agreements (The inner sleeve & table of contents are
really all you need)
On my current book-pile of things I'm reading on and off:
Pops (Terry Teachout biography of Louis Armstrong)
Anatomy of an Epidemic (Whitaker)
Frequently revisiting Tom Robbins' Jitterbug Perfume & Even
Current summer reading is World War Z (nothing like the
Music: This one's tough. I grew up in a household with a lot of
music and a wide variety of it. Yes, I know this is a great big
long list, but the idea is you can skim it and see if anything
grabs you where it counts !
On any given day I might listen to Kate Bush, Esperanza Spalding,
Fleet Foxes, Arvo Pärt, Stevie Wonder,
Prince, Sam & Dave, Aretha Franklin, The Subdudes,
John Coltrane, Nina Simone, Shirley Horn, Bill Evans, Herbie
Brian Blade's Fellowship band, Zeppelin, King's X, Chris
Amos Lee, CSNY, Hendrix,
Tedeschi Trucks band,
Corey Chisel & the Wandering Sons,
Kings of Leon's *first* CD,
Bebel Gilberto, Sabrina Malheiros, Marisa Monte
Occasional bouts of Aaron Copland, Beethoven, Chopin, Faure,
Debussy, Pärt (as mentioned).
TV: I finally broke down and bought one after not having one for
nearly a decade. I use it to watch movies on occasion.
Grew up watching Monty Python reruns on a local station in Toronto
(I worry about people who have no exposure to Python when it's by
deliberate choice), old Doctor Who (took me a long time to accept
Christopher Eccleston but he's still my fave of the "new" Doctors),
once overdid it on House (while home sick with the flu - thanks to
Netflix/Hulu), Game of Thrones. Just started watching the new
Sherlock Holmes - very well done.
Tried Walking Dead but it's just endlessly bleak. So was the novel
The Road, but at least in that case the writing is poignantly
Movies: Don't watch movies as often as I might like, but I tend to
avoid things that are Hollywood fluff (unless I want to
intentionally park my intelligence for a little escape). Not at all
averse to foreign films including subtitled flics.
Did make a point of seeing Les Intouchables (a must-see) at Amherst
Cinema, also Arbitrage. Did see and enjoy Ender's Game, the latest
Thor installment and up next is Catching Fire.