(Open to recommendations on all fronts.) Words, ideas, theories:
Terry Smith's Making the Modern. Wendell Berry's The Unsettling of
America. Jonathan Safran Foer's Eating Animals. Hal Foster's Design
and Crime. Rosalyn Deutsche's Evictions: Art and Spatial Politics.
Samuel Zipp's Manhattan Projects. Shizuo Tsuji's Japanese Cooking:
A Simple Art. The Baffler is a perpetual favorite, and one of the
few magazines I actually read cover to cover. Update: recently
discovered that I may like Lucky Peach more than I previously cared
Visual: Man on Wire, Dog Day Afternoon, Serpico, Sans Soleil, Jiro
Dreams of Sushi, most Ozu films.
Brutalist architecture washed in late winter light, subway maps and
signage, Toshio Shibata's photographs.
Aural: lots. Went through a punk phase in an earlier life but these
days listen mostly to various forms of electronic music: house,
techno (minimal-ish, old-school Detroit), ambient, glitchy whatnot,
etc. On current rotation: Lusine, Orcas, Huerco S., Kim Ann Foxman,
assoTrted Nhar mixes, Tomas Jirku, Herbert, The Miracles Club.
Always: Tortoise, Susumu Yokota, Basic Channel, Rei Harakami, Aoki
Takamasa, Sweet Trip, Oval, Labradford, Benoît Pioulard, Loscil,
Nicolas Jaar, Kevin Saunderson, Shugo Tokumaru, Akufen, most
anything on Kranky and 12k.
Edibles: almost anything. Especially: handmade soba noodles (hot or
cold), croissants and other buttery/flaky/crumbly things, umeboshi,
ika shiokara, black kale doused with olive oil and pomegranate
molasses, homemade mayonnaise, cabbage in browned butter, tiny
strawberries, as much cardamom as possible, fresh tofu with ponzu,
pickled daikon, pizza at least once a week. Latest obsessions: 2012
Weingut Ratzenberger Bacharacher Rivaner Trocken, homemade
inari-age, stewed cranberries, perfecting pour-over coffee at home.