First, this: I don't care if we're not into the same
authors/music/food/etc. I love being introduced to the *new* and
undiscovered. And I love sharing/doing the introducing...so it's
more important that you're open to that.
That being said...
I am a lover of words. Stories, true & otherwise, feed
Writers: Carol Maso, Sherman Alexie, Miranda July, Amy Bloom, Amy
Hempel, Rick Bass, Lynda Barry, Studs Terkel, John Irving, Chaim
Potok, Julia Alvarez, A. Mannette Ansay, Michelle Tea. (It's hard
for me to stop there.)
Books I love: American Woman in the Chinese Hat; A Tree Grows in
Brooklyn; Skin: Talking About Sex, Class & Literature; A Fine
Balance; The Man Who Fell in Love with the Moon; The Life of Pi,
Whores & Other Feminists, Under Milkwood, the Doris zine
anthology. Do you have Tiny Beautiful Things, by Cheryl Strayed?
You really should.
Music I often return to:
Breathe Owl Breathe, the mynabirds, Avett Brothers, Lykki Li,
Tuneyards, Cave Singers, Will Oldham & his many incarnations,
Neko Case, Cat Power, Jill Scott, Horse Feathers, Jolie Holland,
Thao & the Get Down Stay Down. Tilly & the Wall, Andrew
Bird, Alexie Murdoch, The National...
I grew up on and still love Paul Simon, John Prine & Nina
Simone. I can sing my way through many a Broadway soundtrack.
Artists: Sally Mann, Nan Goldin, Jenny Holzer, Miranda July--to
name a few
Hm, movies and films...The Darjeeling Limited, Lost in Translation
(I can watch it over & over--I don't know why, but it calms
me), Cinema Paradiso, Pan's Labyrinth, classic 80s movies, The
Royal Tenenbaums, Paul Thomas Anderson films and Rear Window come
to mind. Diving Bell & the Butterfly. Lars & the Real Girl.
I love documentaries. I'm particular about comedies.
Let's leave the rest, shall we? A little mystery is healthy.