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Books:Nonfiction:Infections and Inequalities, The Great Influenza:
An excellent explanation of America from 1870-1919, viruses and the
history of medicine. I can depend on the following to keep me
reading and thinking: most of John Irving, all of Garcia Marquez,
Orwell, Douglas Adams, Dahl's books for children, Graham Greene,
Elizabeth Gundy, Robert Hellenga, Helen De Witt (though she has
only two published novels), and Life and Fate by Grossman.
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: and oh my gosh the Yank version
does have more sexy bits. For a woman who likes a bit of woman on
man on man, it's quite refreshing), Fringe( though it had huge
flaky parts) , 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), and quiz shows on the BBC. Member of
Music: Johnny and Rosanne Cash, Regina Spektor, King Pleasure,
Little Jimmy Scott, Asleep at the Wheel, Shubert, Nick Cave and the
Bad Seeds, murder ballads, Monk, Dizzy, Desmond, Tony Bennett (a
very sexy singer and truly kind person), Fateh ali Khan, cool stuff
I hear on Spinning on Air whose artists I can't remember.
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: Tristan and Yseult by Kneehigh. Best thing I've seen this
year. New plays, old plays, new twists and circus. I wasn't too
into Tony and Cleo at the Public, if you disagree tell me what I
missed. 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: Peter Greenaway or Spike Lee; anything that these two lads
make is true art. All time faves: The Royal Tanenbaums, Magnolia,
Pulp Fiction, Melancholia, Shadowlands, His Girl Friday,
Philadelphia Story, Bringing up Baby, Double Indemnity ( such a
sexy movie), Closetland, The Only Lovers Left Alive.
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.