Books: I haven't read fiction in a long time, I love a strong
political biography, like Robert Caro's Master of the Senate,
discussing LBJ's years in the Senate. I also love academic books,
like Charles Murray's "Coming Apart," examining the troubling and
expanding rift developing between different social groups in the
US, and the decay common to all groups.
Movies: I'm a hopeless romantic, so Titanic is always my answer to
"favorite movie." I love a good historical film, smart action
movies, good comedies, or any Oscar-bait movie will catch my
TV: The West Wing, which helped shape my inner idealist. Game of
Thrones, which is amazing in every way. The Office, which had me in
tears for most of the finale, Law and Order SVU, The Wire, Parks
and Recreation, many others.
Music: Country Country Country. More specifically, Dwight Yoakam,
Merle Haggard, Randy Travis, Gary Allan, Alan Jackson, The Band
Perry, Zac Brown Band, anything Texas Country, and lots of others.
I also hold a special place in my heart for classic 1970s-era rock
Food: Double Meat Animal Style no Tomato from In n Out, as far as
homecooked meals, I do a lot of pasta, occasionally making the
dough myself. I recently did some lobster stuffed crepes with a
ginger and carrot beurre blanc sauce and pea shoot salad which was
easily one of the tastiest dishes I've ever cooked. I love making
croissants too, theres something comforting and relaxing about
slowly rolling out the layers of dough and butter, and the end
result of scratch made croissants fresh out of the oven is simply
amazing. I love cooking desserts too, Heirloom Apple Pie is one of
my specialties in that arena.