Books:Nonfiction:The Emperior of All Maladies, The Great Influenza:
An excellent explanation of America from 1870-1919, viruses and the
history of medicine. Due to work obligations I have to read many
public health text books. To lighten things up I'm rereading
Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. Most of John Irving, Gabriel
Garcia Marquez, Graham Greene, Douglas Adams, Elizabeth Gundy,
Robert Hellenga. I promise I'll fill more of this soon.
Shows: Frank Snowden's lectures: Pandemics of the Western
Hemisphere. They're on Youtube. Trust me, the dude is great. The
Wire, House of Cards (Brit and USA), Fringe, Homeland, Orange is
the New Black.
Radio: Most anything on NPR: Wait, Wait don't tell me, TAL, Radio
Lab (lots of stuff from WNYC). BBC- The programs you can hear in
Music: Johnny and Rosanne Cash, Regina Spektor, King Pleasure,
Little Jimmy Scott, Shubert, murder ballads, Monk, Dizzy, Desmond,
Fateh ali Khan, cool stuff I hear on Spinning on Air whose artists
I can't remember. I just saw the Waterboys. They gave me chills,
made me dance and weep.
My son has a hardcore band called To The End My Dear. I love his
music because I'm his mom but I'm not a big hardcore fan.
Theater: New plays, old plays, new twists and circus. I recently
saw the graduation performances from the National Circus School in
Montreal. If I was crazier and less afraid of heights, I'd tryout.
Olivier's Lear is something I could watch again and again. I will
always try to see productions of: Three Sisters, Uncle Vanya,
Richard III, Henry V, Cymbeline,The Skin of Our Teeth, Fool for
Love, Lie of the Mind, Cowboy Mouth (okay anything by Mr. Sheppard)
Robber Bridegroom, Sweeny Todd,
Movies: Todo Sobre mi Madre, anything by Peter Greenaway, Spike
Lee, The Royal Tanenbaums, Magnolia, Shadowlands, His Girl Friday,
Philadelphia Story, Bringing up Baby, Closetland.
Food: Yet to meet a cuisine in which I couldn't find something I
liked. Fresh tastes, spicy, citrus, earthy tones like beets are all
appealing. That said, I'm not a great fan of Glatt Kosher or the
Thai food you find in New York.