I think my favorite books would include ones that I have re-read
recently like “Love in the Times of Cholera” by Gabriel García
Márquez and "L'Étrange Destin de Wangrin" by the Malian writer
Amadou Hampâté Bâ. Or books which I read with my father, who was a
professor of Russian literature, like “War and Peace” and “Dr.
Zhivago.” The Indian novels "The God of Small Things" and "A
Suitable Boy." Camus is one of my heroes. For a long plane ride, I
hope that the John Grisham novel I bought on the airport is one of
his good ones. I just finished "Farewell Fred Voodoo" by Amy
Wilentz when I went to Haiti and "The Art of Political Murder" by
Francisco Goldman when I was in Guatemala. But I'm usually not so
Movies - Anything by Almodovar, Jim Jarmusch, or the Coen Brothers.
Jean de Florette, Pulp Fiction, African Queen, Casablanca, 12 Angry
Men, Dersu Uzala, Hannah and her Sisters, The Bicycle Thief, Tree
of the Wooden Clogs, the Roberto Benigni sketch from Night on
Earth. Many years ago, I had the privilege of listening to the late
Roger Ebert for 5 hours as he dissected the "Treasure of the Sierra
Madre" frame by frame, so its a film I love to re-watch.
TV shows- Jon Stewart (of course), Democracy Now, Madmen, Curb your
Enthusiasm, Homeland, Breaking Bad.
Music - I grew up on Dylan and he's still my stand-by. As well as
Neil Young, Joni etc. Now I mostly listen to Brazilian popular
music, though. (MPB like Caetano Veloso, Milton, Chico Buarque,
Gilberto Gil, Adriana Calcanhotto). I know much of George Brassens
by heart, as I studied French to his lyrics. Ditto Paco Ibanez for
Spanish. I saw Leonard Cohen in concert recently and he was just
amazing so I've been listening to him constantly, read his bio, and
even think about him alot.