My favorites... I have so many...
Publications - New Yorker, Transition
Authors - Jose Saramago, Pramoedya Ananta Toer, Paul Theroux, Patti
Smith, Kurt Vonnegut, Jhumpa Lahiri, N'Gugi Wa Thiang'o, Junot
Diaz, Vladimir Nabokov, Ralph Ellison, Thich Nhat Hahn. Currently
reading The Elephant's Journey by Jose Saramago.
Movies - I love foreign,
documentary and independent
films. Favorite directors - Coen
Brothers, Jim Jarmusch, Tarkovsky, Scorsese, Tarantino, Miyazaki,
Almodovar, Fellini, Lars von Trier. Some favorite films: Beast of
the Southern Wild, The Graduate, Down by Law, Oh Brother Where Art
Thou, Taxi Driver, Momento, The Sacrifice, Blade Runner, 8 1/2,
Requiem for a Dream, No Direction Home, Night on Earth, Pulp
Fiction, Stranger Than Paradise, Like Water for Chocolate, Mystery
Train, Woman on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Ponyo, Spirited
Away, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind ....
TV - don't watch much but when I do it's usually Luther, Stewert,
Colbert, Nova, Frontline, Masterpiece Mystery .....and the
occasional English premier league, Barcelona, Real Madrid, and
international football (soccer) tournament matches.
Radio/Internet - I'm an avid listener to all things NPR (WNYC),
BBC, WKCR, WFMU, WBGO, Ted Talks, and radio stations from around
the world through the internet.
Food - I love really dark chocolate. I also love exploring all
different cuisines (although I don't eat meat) - especially spicy
(not necessarily hot) food, and love exploring NYC's treasure trove
of hole in the wall small neighborhood ethnic restaurants
especially in Queens and Brooklyn. I just discovered this hole in
the wall falafel place in mid-town. The owner (Israeli) said his
falafel was the best in the world. I've eaten my share of falafel
in my life, and you know, he may be right.
Music - I have a broad range in tastes. I'm a huge fan of Latin
, 60's and 70s Reggae, Indy, Blues,
Jazz, Funk, Dub, Flamenco, Rockabilly, Punk... Some favorites:
first and foremost - Bob Marley, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Bob
Dylan, Patti Smith, Salif Keita. Others...Fela, Antibalas, Yousou
N'Dour, Bill Withers, Cat Stevens/Yusef Islam, Puccini, Mozart,
Itzak Perlman, Maria Callas, Kiri Te Kanawa, Salma Habib, Joe
Arroyo, Sinatra, Fairuz, Astor Piazzolla, Marvin Gaye, Stevie
Wonder, LKJ, Manu Chao, U2, The Roots, Fania, Tico, Alegre, Buika,
La Lupe, Celia Cruz, Elza Soares, Cassandra Wilson, Marisa Monte,
Caetano Veloso, The Clash, John Lee Hooker, Big Mama Thornton,
Black Keyes, Jack White, Lhasa, Joni Mitchell, Nick Drake, Norah
Jones, Hank Williams, on and on.... Love going to shows in Brooklyn
bars/clubs and at Linclon Center, Celebrate Brooklyn and Central
Art- If I had to pick a few favorites off the top of my head-
Debuffet, Basquiat, Pollock, Francis Bacon, Egon Schiele, De
Kooning, Kara Walker, Frida Kalho, Robert Mapplethorpe, Vermeer,
Theater - love off, off Bway; anything edgy and challenging.