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Music: Recent beloved iTunes and Spotify selections include Nicolas
Jaar, Elliott Smith, Charles Ives, Luke Parkin (Love "Things I
Didn't Know I Loved"), Gotan Project, Osunlade, Iron and Wine,
Jacques Brel, The XX, Fionn Regan, Bright Eyes, Stephen Sondheim,
Fiona Apple, Right Away Great Captain, Anais Mitchell, Tierney
Sutton, Steve Reich. Latest obsession: Elise Caron. Andreas
Scholl's voice is transcendent, whether it's in folk song or
Rodelinda--I'll listen to anything he's singing.
I went on a solo road trip recently and was unexpectedly not able
to use Spotify, so I ended up plugging in my not-often-used iPod
and working with whatever was on it. That trip's listening
included: James Blake's Overgrown and Enough Thunder, Fela Kuti's
Authority Stealing, Joni Mitchell's Court and Spark, Bonobo's Black
Sands, the original cast recording of Jason Robert Brown's The Last
Five Years, Atoms for Peace's Amok, Digable Planets' Reachin' (A
New Refutation of Time and Space), a Thievery Corporation playlist,
the Magnetic Fields' 69 Love Songs, and an album of some of the
Child Ballads. It was sort of fun to play within constrained
choices. Like a sonnet.
In music, I like either interesting sounds or beautiful stories,
or, better yet, both.
Food: mushrooms, cheese, arugula, beets, good tomatoes, baklava,
mahmoul, almost anything with lemon or ginger, barely-cooked eggs,
vinegar and other sour things, shortbread, pretzels, muesli,
licorice, lychee, burnt sugar candy, oranges, miso, popcorn, fresh
warm yeasty bread, bagels...the list goes on.
Foods I cheat on my vegetarianism for: prosciutto, pho, lox, soup
Books: Books are and have been so central to my life, it's hard to
choose favorites--there are so many. Instead I will tell you recent
books, not favorite books. Lately, I've been reading and loving
Amitav Ghosh's Sea of Poppies, Anne Carson's Antigonick, Nicholas
Wolferstorff's Lament for a Son, Victor Rios' Punished: Policing
the Lives of Black and Latino Boys, the collection xoOrpheus, and
also reading (and also loving) the Harry Potter series for the
first time. Latest download (I kindle, because having a large
library on my phone is more important--usually--than the sensual
pleasure of turning pages) is Roberto Bolaño's The Savage
Detectives. I've really been getting into popular treatments of
scientific concepts, especially ideas that straddle science and
philosophy--Alan Lightman, David Eagleman. (Hint: if you do
science/math and can explain the ideas you play with to me, we will
have fun. Or at least I will.)
Shows: What I'm enjoying currently: Game of Thrones (read the first
four books before the TV series existed), Downton Abbey, Scandal,
Homeland, United States of Tara. What I will rewatch: Six Feet
Under, Frasier, Twin Peaks.
Movies: I "discovered" film (like Columbus discovered America?)
almost four years ago and I'm hooked. The most memorable films I've
seen recently were Amour, Holy Motors, and Samsara, Au Revoir Les
Enfants. Also, Mean Girls. Also, Waiting for Guffman. At this
writing I'm partway through I Am Curious, and trying to savor and
properly attend to it.