Actually veering into "most private thing I'm willing to admit
Why I Am Not A Christian, Bertrand Russell. My favorite moral
philosopher, not that I've read much of anyone else. Discovering
him was a "where have you been all my life" moment.
Dune, Frank Herbert. The best science fiction book ever
Toward a Psychology of Being, Abraham Maslow. Especially Chapter 4,
Defense and Growth.
Don't see many movies or TV shows these days, and tend to be snobby
about my choices. That's embarrassing to admit, I guess. (And a
personal hangup, too, extending to other areas of my life-- I avoid
things that seem "trashy" or low-brow out of fear that I might have
to admit enjoying them.) Anyway, a number of my recent favorites
have a single pivotal moment that really sticks in my mind-- this
might be what I really hope for in a film now, a genuine climactic
moment. Some movies that did this for me:
Metropolis, Fritz Lang. (The 75th anniversary restored
A Moment of Innocence, Mohsen Makhmalbaf.
Me and You and Everyone We Know, Miranda July.
Also currently making my way through the HBO series "Six Feet
I feel so grateful when I rediscover long-ago favorite songs whose
names I'd never learned on the radio, or when I try artists I'd
ignored forever and find they're wonderful. Recently made grateful
by these albums:
Who's Next, The Who
Hounds of Love, Kate Bush
Best of the Doobies, The Doobie Brothers
Solitude Standing, Suzanne Vega