§ Books -
- seriously, I love this book, if you've read it,
contact me, we can read it aloud to one another. ("But desire of
knowledge, like the thirst of riches, increases ever with the
acquisition of it.")
anything by Joseph Conrad,
the ghost stories of M.R. James,
the espionage novels of John LeCarré,
The Harry Potter series,
the apologetics of C.S. Lewis,
the military history of John Keegan,
anything by Umberto Eco,
the poetry of W.B. Yeats and W.H. Auden,
art criticism of Camille Paglia,
Fowler's Dictionary of Modern English Usage (1927 edition),
The Master and Margarita,
Seven Pillars of Wisdom,
The History of the Peloponnesian War,
autobiographies of 20th Century explorers like Wilfred Thesiger,
Francis Chichester, and Vilhjamur
§ One day, I will finish reading OBLOMOV (stuck on page 119 for
§ Films - The Duellists, The Cabinet of Dr Caligari, The Thin Man
Hearts and Coronets, Topkapi, Aguirre der Zorn Gottes, Orlando,
Touchez pas au Grisbi, Le Quai des Brumes
Time Bandits, Vivre sa Vie, Jason & the Argonauts,
Fitzcarraldo, Shakespeare Wallah
Groschen-Oper, Lawrence of Arabia, Le Samourai, Der Baader Meinhof
Komplex, The 39 Steps, Bob le Flambeur, and Jane Austen films -
believe it or not.
§ Shows - I do not particularly care for most television. I much
prefer live entertainment, especially the Ballet, the Opera, and
occasionally the Theatre and the Symphony.
§ Music - W.A. Mozart, ABBA, Jacques Brel, Leonard Cohen, Roy
Harper, Glenn Gould, Steeleye Span
, Hedningarna, Al
Stewart, Suzanne Vega, Al Bowlly
,Richard Thompson, Petula
Clark, Mae Moore, Peter Gabriel, Jethro Tull, David Bowie,
Värttinä, Dar Williams, Jane Siberry, June Tabor
§ Whom do you imagine yourself to be when you listen to a
particular piece of music ?
§ Food - TEA !!! (About a dozen cups a day). Fondue, Indian, Sushi,
the Olive Bar at Giant Eagle ... though I once spent a weekend
eating nothing but Cherry Haribo and Perrier with no ill effects.
Is Guinness food ?
§ My favourite painting in the Carnegie is The Equestrian by Robert
§ At the moment, my favourite piece of music is the A Minor Quartet
No2 Opus51 by Brahms.
§ If you enjoy watching Mystery Science Theatre
, chances are we'll get along.