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Words, ideas, theories: Just finished Thomas Sugrue / The Origins
of the Urban Crisis (it's now in my top ten, seriously). Recently
wrapped up some Jaron Lanier and Rebecca Solnit, among others.
Heavily dog-eared: Terry Smith / Making the Modern. Wendell Berry /
The Unsettling of America. Jonathan Safran Foer / Eating Animals.
Junichiro Tanazaki / In Praise of Shadows. Hal Foster / Design and
Crime. Rosalyn Deutsche / Evictions: Art and Spatial Politics.
Samuel Zipp / Manhattan Projects. Shizuo Tsuji / Japanese Cooking:
A Simple Art. The Baffler is a perpetual favorite, and one of the
few magazines I actually read cover to cover. Recently discovered
that I like Lucky Peach more than I previously cared to
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
Aural: lots. Went through a punk phase in an earlier life but these
days mostly listen to various forms of electronic music. (Other
genres are more than welcome.) On current rotation: Jackie-O
Motherfucker, Holden, Kangding Ray, Odd Future, Joe McPhee. Always:
Tortoise, Susumu Yokota, Basic Channel, Rei Harakami, Aoki
Takamasa, Oval, Labradford, Benoît Pioulard, Loscil, Nicolas Jaar,
Kevin Saunderson, Shugo Tokumaru, Akufen, most anything on Kranky
and 12k. Sometimes a lil rocksteady and classic ska, in nostalgic
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, various bitter greens, as much cardamom as possible,
fresh tofu with ponzu, pickled daikon, pizza (both high and low),
perfecting pour-over and cold brew coffee at home.