Making paintings, which is also my job.
Spending time with my two kids.
The light in New York City, especially in the late afternoon.
One or two friends, a bar, and drinks.
Northern New England.
Walking long distances.
Bach, Mozart Operas, Bruckner, Mahler, Schoenberg, Bob Dylan, Lightnin' Hopkins, Robert Johnson, Buddy Holly, Ella Fitzgerald, The Beach Boys, Johnny Cash, Tammy Wynette, listening to different versions of the same song
Skating outside in Winter.
Ingres, my favorite artist, if I had to choose just one.
Andy Warhol (the more I look at him, the better he gets.)
Ed Ruscha’s Artist Books
Eclectically decorated living spaces.
Red Wine, Whiskey.
People who have a bit of an edge—who aren’t too sensitive, moral, or easily offended.
People who are idealistic and ethical.
Camera Lucida, by Roland Barthes
John Donne, Henry James, Marcel Proust, Walter Benjamin, Roman Jakobson, Louis Aragon, Wallace Stevens, Robert Lowell, Elizabeth Bishop, Flannery O'Connor, Theodore Dreiser, Toni Morrison, Dora Malech, Lydia Davis
L’Atalante, The Big Lebowski, The Awful Truth, Late Spring, Grizzly Man
Teaching (I’m a Professor at one of the CUNY colleges.)
Things I like:
Baseball. The Red Sox. But I'm an unapologetic fair weather fan--why be tortured?
Things I Don't Like:
Towns that maintain a falsely rural or otherwise nostalgic veneer, like Princeton, NJ or Lincoln, MA.
When I stop at green lights or drive through red lights, both of which I do with alarming frequency.