-Oryx and Crake, The Handmaid's Tale, Dead Souls, Diary, We. Birth
of the Clinic. All of Paul Farmer, Pierre Bourdieu, Michel Taussig
or Philippe Bourgois. Any suggestions on where to start with Spivak
Alfonso Cuarón (Y tu mamá también, Children of Men and The Shock
Doctrine documentary adaptation) Alejandro González Iñárritu
(Babel, Amores Perros and 21 Grams) and Paul Thomas Anderson
(Boogie Nights, There Will Be Blood and The Master) are the three
best writers-directors working today. Daniel Day-Lewis, Javier
Bardem and Gael Garcia Bernal define the types of leading male
roles I will pay to see. Helen Bonham-Carter and Frances Mcdormand
are the actresses who most regularly contribute to my prefered
films (women seem to be prevented from staking out durable leading
role identities in Hollywood, so its understandable that these two
are most often in critical supporting roles)
The soundtrack to the new David Simon show Treme has become my own.
Mars Volta/At the Drive-In, Leonard Cohen, Dalek, Pavement, Cafe
Tacuba, Cafe Guanacasco, Wilco, Dead Prez, Belle and Sebastian,
Sigor Ros, Thelonious Monk. When I'm studying/writing, I prefer the
Muslimgauze album Speaker of Turkish, which combines traditional
Souk with some fuzzed out breaks and beats.
Do you know Arizmendhi Bakery? I usually head to the Emeryville
spot, which is in a terrible location. Taste that collective spice.