Books: I mostly read non-fiction, especially about science or
travel. But I also enjoy genre fiction (science fiction, mysteries,
even the occasional romance novel). Here are a few of my all-time
favorites. Lost in Place, The Emperor of Scent, The Spirit Catches
You and You Fall Down, The Invention of Tradition, Songbook, Spoken
Here, A Round-Heeled Woman, Home Cooking, Lone Star Swing, Benny
and Shrimp, Let the Right One In, The Ivory Trilogy, Stieg
Larsson's Millenium mysteries (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Girl
Who Played with Fire, Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest).
Movies: Amelie, Together, About a Boy, How to Steal a Million, Wait
Until Dark, Charade, Let the Right One In, Girl with the Dragon
[what, no tv category?!]
TV: Burn Notice, Bones, Big Bang Theory, P.O.V., Global Voices,
Independent Lens, nature documentaries (especially about octopuses
or tornadoes), Castle, Ugly Betty, The Good Wife, Friday Night
Music: After a few years where I listened almost exclusively to
Swedish and Norwegian folk music (I know, nerdiest musical interest
ever, but, in my defense, I play Scandinavian folk music on the
fiddle), I'm now rediscovering my love of all sorts of music. Some
of the recent additions to my iPod: Robyn, K'Naan, Neil Finn,
Bartok and Ravel Chamber music, Aterciopelados, Tom Zé, Dixie
Chicks, Carlos Vives, Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni Ba, Bebe, Issa
Bagayogo, Salif Keita, Bajofondo, Rupa & the April Fishes,
Missy Elliot, Nuru Kane, Rokia Traore, Angélique Kidjo, English
Beat, Elvis (both Presley and Costello).
Food: Adore southeast Asian food (Thai, Burmese, Vietnamese,
Indonesian). Spent a year in France learning to cook at the Cordon
Bleu School, so it's safe to say I love French food. Dumplings of
all sorts (dim sum, manti, pirogies, ravioli, gyoza, kroppkakor).
Bacon. Scrapple. Stinky cheese. Oysters.