I'm really into 'artisan americana,' like Tom Waits and Andrew
Bird, vintage soul, and world music - vintage jazz - classical of
course, but don't let that intimidate you - I've got nothing
against Lady Gaga, either.
good standups like Louis CK, Bill Maher, Jim Gaffigan, Chris Rock,
and Dave Chappelle. George Carlin, Steve Martin, Bill Murray, and
Richard Pryor are the originals, though.
TV: only have a computer with internet, but lately I've binged on
'Louie' and 'Breaking Bad' on netflix. Now it's 'Madmen.'
Movies: an amazing old film off the top of my head: 'Five Easy
Pieces,' starring a young Jack Nicholson.
Poetry - Whitman, Oliver, Merwin, Rumi, etc etc etc.
Books - (just some favorites) Childhood's End by Arthur C Clarke,
Raymond Chandler, Starhawk, Richard Brautigan, Jack London's The
Seawolf, Gurdjieff, Cormac McCarthy, 1984, Ray Bradbury, Joseph
Campbell, Beowulf, Gawain, HP Lovecraft, nonfiction adventure
Anything with brightness, contours, edges, crackle, or zest, like a
blue vase from an indigenous market in the mountains, or
the full moon, or
really good mashed potatoes - which need at least 3 different
varieties, ground with a ricer and mixed by hand with a wooden
spoon with heated heavy cream and salt until pureed,
then hazelnut oil.