Books--I read a lot of manuscripts--it's what I do for work and I
love it. I'm reading a book right now about a man who met a teacher
and, well, I won't say more about it just yet. And another about
the meaning of time. And another about living with intention. I
also read fiction. I'm an omnivorous reader of mystery novels, and
I like them because (a) they're modern day morality tales--writers
get to air their world views and make things come "right" to those
standards in the end and (b) they're a pretty good way to learn
about place/geography, odd occupations, interesting tidbits of
knowledge--i.e. Dana Stabenow who writes a series in which the
detective is a Native American Alaskan. Or Walter Moseley, Michael
Connelly, Jonathan Kellerman--all writers who make a different Los
Angeles come alive. Ditto John Sanford and William Kent
Krueger--Minnesota. James Lee Burke--Louisiana (and Montana). Tony
Hillerman--New Mexico--Navajo Indians. Sarah Paretsky--Chicago. I
like speculative fiction of almost any sort--David Mitchell (Cloud
Atlas),Douglas Adams (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, etc.), Paul
Auster. I'm frequently drawn to books in which place
matters--Louise Erdrich, Julia Glass. Kate Atkinson, When WIll
There Be Good News. I read some poetry--Muriel Rukeyser, William
Stafford are favorites. John Berger--I'd have to say And Our Faces,
My Heart, Brief as Photos is one of my all-time favorite books.
Pema Chodron and Stephen Levine, especially Turning Toward the
Mystery. This could get out of hand. And it only skims the
surface.Maybe I better move on to those other categories.
I like movies. I do not love movies passionately the way I love
books, but I do love them. Lately I've liked Crazy Heart (that
scene with Robert Duval in the boat). I've seen most of what the
Cohen brothers have made, including the recent A Serious Man. The
Ghost Writer I loved. Michael Clayton. State of Play.
Music--Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Kate & Anna McGarrigle,
Gillian Welch, The Band, Emmy Lou Harris, Townes Van Zandt, John
Prine, Charles Ives, Vivaldi, Leo Kottke, Dave Brubeck. Again, I'm
pretty omnivorous. I love being introduced to people's favorites.
If I could be a musician in a rock and roll band I'd want to be a
drummer. Or a percussionist if I were taking it up town to the
orchestra hall. I like hearing/seeing modern classical concerts. I
also prefer modern dance to ballet.
And on to food. Omnivorous. Oh, that again. Yep. Back to that
again. I am a good, intuitive, simple cook. My grandma used to have
these Sunday night suppers where she pulled things out of the
refrigerator and put them together--pickled just about anything,
sausage, leftover chicken from Sunday dinner (which was a different
thing from Sunday night suppers). There would be bread and some
meat and cheese and a lot of different vegetables--sauerkraut or
cabbage slaw, beets, beans. In the summer egg plant, tomatoes, corn
from the garden. I like to have dinner parties like that--some
simple dishes. You pass them around. Eat a little of this and that.
And talk. And talk. That said, eating out I like:
Vietnamese, Japanese, dim sum. Okay omnivorous.