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Authors I care enough about to teach: Herodotus, Plato, Maimonides,
Spinoza, Nietzsche... And then, as a historian of ancient religion,
I also spend lots of time thinking about what a friend once called
"Sumerian tax returns" (aka ancient Near Eastern cuneiform
Some stuff I've been reading on the subway recently includes
Marilynne Robinson's "Gilead" (the best book I've ever read about
Protestant ministers in Iowa), Edmund Wilson's "To the Finland
Station," Virginia Woolf's "A Room of One's Own," Amos Oz's "A Tale
of Love and Darkness," and The Ramayana. I re-read The Great Gatsby
every time I am called for jury duty.
Movies I consider really good include The Thin Man, The Searchers,
The Big Sleep, and some others that don't begin with "The" (e.g.,
Der letzte Mann, Le Mépris, and La Notte). 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). I've been feeling an urge to re-watch Fitzcarraldo
It's become a cliché to say that you don't own a television, and in
my case certainly a disingenuous one, as I find myself watching a
shitload of TV off of my laptop. Like everyone else, I support the
recent turn to well-written drama shows: The Wire, True Detective,
Breaking Bad, Mad Men, etc., etc. Top Chef and The West Wing allow
me to live vicariously two career paths I didn't take.
Bach and black coffee set my head straight in the morning. Rameau
is good for writing. Mozart and Da Ponte wrote my favorite operas.
I appreciate Thelonious Monk's braininess and Lightnin' Hopkins'
honesty. My dad played lots of French music when I was growing up:
I still listen to Jacques Brel while riding trains in the Low
Countries and was psyched to attend an Enrico Macias concert in New
York the day I finished writing my dissertation. I will stand by
Guns n Roses. Daniel Kahn revealed to me what Brecht is all about.
And the Baby Soda Jazz Band is just pure fun.
I like noodles and dumplings in all forms and am excited to be
living again where there are taquerias. (Extra points if there is a
hole-in-the-wall restaurant you want to share with me, or if you
want to go search for one together.)