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books: Marguerite Duras (I've read all of them), Tennessee
Williams, Walker Percy (all), Hermann Hesse (all), Kurt Vonnegut,
Joseph Conrad, Guy de Maupassant, Heinrich Boll's "The Clown",
Melville's short stories, Camus, Voltaire's Candide, various
Faulkner - especially "As I Lay Dying", The History of Love (a
novel), JMG Le Clezio, The Quiet American and A Burnt-Out Case by
Graham Green...and more recently, some biographies: I'm Your Man:
The Life of Leonard Cohen; The Creative Odyssey of Joni Mitchell;
The Strangest Man: The Hidden Life of Paul Dirac, Mystic of the
Atom); Quantum Man: Richard Feynman's Life in Science). Most
recently: Paul Tillich's "Dynamics of Faith."
movies: Anything by Akira Kurosawa, Altman's "Come Back to the Five
& Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean", Bergman, Repo Man, sometimes
weird French movies that leave you hanged in existential
music: jazz (especially Monk and Mingus and Brubeck) some blues,
piano solos (jazz or classical), old rock (I admit that I was at
the Fillmore during the Summer of Love in SF '67, but had never
smoked pot), reggae, non-symphonic classical including Baroque.
Some Charles Ives songs and his The Unanswered Question. My
favorites lately have been Jethro Tull (40th Anniversary Ed. of
Thick as a Brick...love it!), Leonard Cohen (various), and Joni
Mitchell, and some other esoteric stuff, one of which mixes banjo
and bass and tabla, which I find quite interesting...give me more!
I love some classic Dylan, but not so much into his stuff in the
last couple decades or so. I finally went to a Dylan concert last
year, my first one! It was really fun, but his voice was completely
shot...I couldn't even recognize the lyrics of songs I knew..giving
him leeway on modifications to the arrangement.
food: Thai, Indian, New Mexican, Mexican, Greek, Italian, mashed
spuds with tarragon, pizzas (usually veg), garlic pasta, limas with
garlic sauteed in olive oil and crushed red chile on basmati
rice...bring it on! [If your partner eats the same meal, you won't
notice the head of garlic you each ate!] One favorite plate I fix
is: baked potato, sauteed shallot onions in olive oil, mixed
Chinese vegetables cooked in a wok in peanut oil, salmon filet
cooked in the shallots, and drizzle the slallots and oil over the
spud. I love great food. I can be thrilled with a baked spud with
plenty of butter and dried chives and salt and pepper. What could