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Books about music making. Books about creativity. Books with pretty
pictures. Good poetry and short stories. Myths, folktales. I don't
go for anything too sterilized.
Currently reading a bunch of books on creativity for my thesis.
Also, (rereading) "Concerning the Spiritual in Art" by Wassily
Kandinsky (the great painter), and reading "Do Androids Dream of
Electric Sheep?" by Philip K. Dick.
Movies: Lots--from all genres, times, and countries.
TV: my favorite right now is likely Shameless. I also like anything
funny, as well as good dramas with an ongoing story. True Blood,
Boardwalk Empire, Vikings, Sons of Anarchy, Anthony Bourdain's
shows, Louie, Penny Dreadful, Scandal, Homeland, Mad Men.
The Kills (probably my favorite current band). David Gilmour/Pink
Floyd. Beth Gibbons/Portishead. Bonnie 'Prince' Billy/Will Oldham.
Bo Diddley. Chuck Berry. Nick Cave. Billie Holiday. The Doors. PJ
Harvey. Samsara Blues Experiment (great new discovery--and not
blues). Charles Mingus. Espers. Cat Power. Leonard Cohen. John
Coltrane. Pablo Casals. The Modern Lovers. Queens of the Stone Age.
Nina Simone. The Ramones. The Velvet Underground. Hank Williams Sr.
Bob Dylan. Iggy Pop. The Cramps. Nico. Vashti Bunyan. Bach.
Devendra Banhart. The New York Dolls. Manitas De Plata. Ella
Fitzgerald. Sex Pistols. Dick Dale. Thelonious Monk. Sibelius.
Huun-huur Tu. Maria Callas. Black Sabbath. The Knife. Gnarls
Barkley. Cee-lo (old stuff). Toumani Diabate. The Doors. Wolf
Parade. Jimi Hendrix. The Libertines. Brian Jonestown Massacre.
Glenn Gould. Townes Van Zant. Johnny Cash. Joanna Newsom. Beirut.
Neutral Milk Hotel. Silver Jews. Songs Ohia. Eivis. Joy division.
Shuggie Otis. Okkervil River. Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings.
Sigor Ros. Tom Waits. Miles Davis. Patsy Cline. Old recordings of
world music that sound almost like they are from another planet.
Planetary sounding world music old and new. Other things. Classic
American blues and old-time roots recordings. Lots of other people,
bands and things. Music from many times and places. Lots of other
Food: Yes, I eat that stuff.