Books: I recently read "Ready Player One" and found it to be a
guilty pleasure. Bur mostly I find myself reading nothing but
nonfiction and find it very difficult to pick up a novel. I
sometimes think it's because that's all my brain can handle at the
end of a long day of teaching classes and grading papers, but in
many ways the nonfiction I sometimes read is much heavier than
novels I would read for fun. My friends have told me they are going
through similar phases in their reading habits, so maybe its a
phenomenon of getting older. Anyway, recent faves here have been
Luc Sante, Christopher Hitchins, and myriad of titles from the "33
and 1/3" series.
Movies: "Brazil", anything by the Coen Brothers (with a few
exceptions), and "The Third Man". I am all over the place when it
comes to movies, and I'll save other favorite titles for when we
first meet (if you care).
Music (here's where it gets tough): Of the four things in this
textbox, this medium is the most important. I listen to a lot of
old stuff, mostly from the 60s and early 70s. My top five favorite
bands of all time in no particular order are The Kinks, The
Beatles, The Stones, The Velvet Underground, and The Zombies. I
used to host a radio show at KUGS in Bellingham that specialized in
obscure garage rock and psychedelia and I occasionally DJ a night
of rare soul and funk at a popular dive bar in Belltown. I am not a
"serious" club DJ. I don't scratch or mix beats. My gigs are
usually excuses to play a bunch of old records and drink beer.
Still, everyone has a great time, including me.
My indie rock friends give me lots of flak for being too retro in
my tastes, but believe it or not, there is lots of new stuff out
there that I enjoy, especially if I can see it live. Here are some
examples: Man-man, Hot Chip, Yo La Tengo (I know, they're not that
new at this point, but they still rock!), King Khan and the
Shrines, The Fiery Furnaces (when they are not too experimental and
ponderous), Fleet Foxes, and many more. Lately I seem to be in a
'90s indie rock phase. Go figure!
Food: I am going to keep this one short for now. I like food from
all over the globe (particularly southern European and Latin
American countries), but after recently eating my way through
France and the UK, I am planning on eating healthy for a while.
Good role models are welcome!