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World music, "foreign" films and (most definitely) international
cuisine. As for books, I love travel writings. Last memorable read
was "Enduring Cuba" by Zoe Braun. Read it before my second visit to
Havana, and she "got it, " right down to all the contradictions
implied in the book's title. Also, Lisle Dennis' "The Traveler's
Eye" a wonderfully written practical/philosophical guide to travel
photography. Looking for suggestions on a good read in preparation
for a photojourney to Venice in the fall (thank you, but you can
hold your "Death in Venice" recommendations).
Last notable read was Patti Smith's "Just Kids"; interesting
chronicle of her and Mapplethorpe's artistic (and personal)
progressions through an interesting era (the beginning was slightly
before my time, but I caught up quick). I've got Keith Richards'
"Life" calling to me from the bookshelf, and Twyla Tharp's "The
Creative Habit" on the bed stand (it's a book on the need to
develop good work habits that pave the way for creativity. Now, if
I could only discipline myself to read the book during the day,
rather than in the evening before going to sleep!).
Music! As a musician I'm open to all kinds of music and have very
strong opinions about them. I'll listen to anything at least once,
but sometimes once is enough (I'm thinking hip-hop, pop and
pop-country, and - I'm sorry - opera). Music to see me through if
stranded on a deserted island: Miles Davis's "Kind of Blue," Billie
Holiday (The Commodore Recordings); Ravel's String Quartet; and
Mississippi John Hurt's "Today".
Food? Here too I'll try (almost) anything at least once. Last
gastronomic adventure? Chapulinas, down in Oaxaca, Mexico
(grasshoppers - small, medium or large, boiled and then sauteed
with chili peppers and other spices. Wasn't too bad, but it was the
beer and the shot or two of Mezcal that helped me get though the