Books - Stiff, Bel Canto, The Poisonwood Bible, Buddism is Not What
You Think, The Art of Happiness, The Curious Incident of the Dog in
the Nighttime, Dogs of Babel, The Phantom Tollbooth, The Color
Purple, The Little Prince, Radical Acceptance, The Poisonwood
Bible, Confessions of a Pagan Nun, Delta of Venus, A Natural
History of the Senses, Sex at Dawn, Portrait of an Artist as a
Young Man, Shakespeare's plays and sonnets and way too many more to
name...many, many poetry books.
Movies - The Dead, La Dolce Vita, Garden State, The Dreamers,
Lovers of the Arctic Circle, Apocalypse Now, Bowling for Columbine,
Pan's Labyrinth, All the Mornings of the World, Shaun of the Dead,
28 Days Later, The Fountain, Away We Go, The Good Heart,
Everlasting Moments, The 40 Year Old Virgin, After the Rain, The
Pillow Book, Raise the Red Lantern, Feast of Love, Finding
Neverland, Cash Back, Be Kind Rewind, Withnail and I, Chasing Amy,
Room with a View, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Breaking
the Waves, Boogie Nights, La Haine, Sheltering Sky, Babette's
Feast, Antonia's Line, Harold and Maude and way too many more.
Directors/Writers I like include Danny Boyle, Greenaway, Judd
Aptow, Michel Gondry, Charlie Kaufman, Stephen Frears,
Music - Zap Mama, Brazilian Girls, snow Patrol, Damien Rice, Simon
and Garfunkel, Frou Frou, The Shins, Billie Holiday, Patsy Cline,
Miles Davis, Sondre Lerche, Les Nubians, Portishead, Al Green,
Bjork, Jack Johnson, Kate Bush, Liz Phair, the Beatles, Led
Zepplin, David Gray, Jimmy Hendrix, Jason Mraz, Bill Evans, U2,
Tori Amos, Pearl Jam, Temple of the Dog, Bill Withers, Al Green,
Marvin Gaye, Prince, The Cure and way too many more to name
Food - Thai, vietnamese, Japanese, Chinese, Indian, Tibetan,
Italian, French and on. Although I love all theses, due to health
issues of late, I've been on a fairly restrictive low carb, meat
centered diet. Ideally I want to eventually be a vegetarian again
but will continue with this diet until I can resolve other
TV - Rome, Coupling, The Wire, Secret Diary of a Call Girl, Glee,
Dexter, Masterpiece Theatre, Nova, The IT Crowd, Spaced and many
Some quotes I like:
A human being is a part of a whole, called by us universe, a part
limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and
feelings as something separated from the rest...a kind of optical
delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison
for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for
a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves
from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace
all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.
This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need
for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our
temple; the philosophy is kindness." - His Holiness the Dalai
To be fully alive, fully human, and completely awake is to be
continually thrown out of the nest.
- Pema Chodron
"When it's over, I want to say: all my life
I was a bride married to amazement.
I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.
When it is over, I don't want to wonder
if I have made of my life something particular, and real.
I don't want to find myself sighing and frightened,
or full of argument.
I don't want to end up simply having visited this world."
- Excerpt from "When Death Comes" Mary Oliver