I read. A lot. A newspaper (I know, I know, so Twentieth Century.
Sue me.) every day. A couple of weekly news magazines (one of them
British). Several specialist subject and some general interest
Science/Technology/History/Arts magazines every month.
I read a lot of nonfiction. Often I'll deleve deep into a subject
so I know a lot about, say, virology, pre-computer crypto analysis,
16th century Europe and zymurgy. One of my friends said I have a
very wide pool of knowledge with suprising depth in some wierd,
I also read a lot of fiction, usually genre (mystery, SF, western,
horror or thiller) related. I like the seemingly uncomplicated path
that genre fiction takes. Give me a good story first! But there's
almost always more to the story than the surface plot or character.
It's just not as in your face as many mainstream fiction. As Sam
Goldwyn said, "If you want to send a message, use Western
In the last month I've read The Spanish Civil War, A Farewell to
Arms, The System of the World, The Web of Knowledge (go James
Burke!) The Girl in the Plain Brown Wrapper, 1491, August 1939 and
The Control of Nature.
Rather than regurgitate a list of artists that will tune you right
out I'll say that I like almost all music-Rock, Jazz, Blues
Classical, Country (real country, not Pop with a twang) Punk-it all
works for me. Not a big rap fan, (no susprise there considering my
age) and most Top 40 pop music I find a bit boring. I prefer rough
with emotion over polished and flat.
This week I've been listening to:
Miles Davis-Kind of Blue (it never gets old!) and The Birth of
Rolling Stones: Sticky Fingers and Let It Bleed (perfect hot
Beach Boys: Endless Summer-also perfect hot weather music.
Perfectly crafted 2 and half minute pop songs.
Beethoven: I'v been going through the Symphonies again.
Jeff Beck and Jan Hammer Group Live: Rockin' Fusion.
Cowboy Junkies: Trinity Sessions. One of the great
And much, much more!
I love motion pictures. All genres, eras, subjects and styles are
fair game. Again, no lists. I prefer substance over style and smart
over stupid. Think Monty Python over Adam Sandler, the Coen
Brothers over Tony Scott.
In the last couple of weeks: Argo, Cloud Atlas (much better than I
expected!) The Maltese Falcon (maybe the single best book to screen
adaptation ever) Dipping into Supernatural Seasons 1-5 (Why I love
this series is beyond explanation. But I do.) The Road (maybe one
of the worst book to screen adaptations ever) and The Wild Bunch.