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Authors that have affected how I see the world include: Homer,
Herodotus, Aristotle, Paul of Tarsus, R. Yehuda ha-Nassi,
Maimonides, William Shakespeare, Baruch Spinoza, Abraham Lincoln,
Herman Melville, Friedrich Nietzsche, Virginia Woolf, Bertolt
Brecht, S. Y. Agnon, Gershom Scholem, Marc Bloch, Clifford Geertz,
J.-P. Vernant, Raymond Chandler, J. L. Borges, Jane Jacobs,
Marilynne Robinson, J. M. Coetzee, Michael Fried, and Alice Waters.
I re-read The Great Gatsby every time I am called for jury
Movies I grew up on include The Great Muppet Caper (age 4), Blazing
Saddles (daily from age 6 to 10), Manhattan (age 16 to 19), Amadeus
and Metropolitan (19-21). After college I moved to Paris to study
philosophy at the Sorbonne but dropped out after a semester and
just started watching two or three old movies a day in tiny
cinemas---it was a far better education. Generationally, I identify
with Clueless rather than Fast Times or Mean Girls.
Top Chef and The West Wing allow me to imagine two career paths I
didn't take. And then there's Breaking Bad.
I grew up on Jacques Brel and Enrico Macias, as well, of course, as
Guns n Roses. I was about fourteen when I realized that Casey Kasen
might not have been the best arbiter of musical taste. By high
school I began to rebel against commercial music by attending the
opera regularly. (No body told me that there was an alternative
music called "alternative.") From there I migrated to
Jazz---especially Thelonious Monk and all-nighters at Small's---and
an ushering job helped me to discover chamber music. Since then,
plenty more has been added to the mix. Above all, I enjoy hearing
talented musicians playing quality music--- and if it's being
played in an intimate venue, so much the better.
I like noodles and dumplings in all forms and am excited to be
living again where there are taquerias. I've also recently
discovered a place in the south suburbs that makes knafe just like
in Ramallah---it's worth the drive. Whenever I'm home I make sure
to get a slice at Mimi's Pizza.