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), 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), and quiz shows on the BBC.
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.
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. Last summer I
stumbled across the graduate 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: Peter Greenaway or Spike Lee, The Royal Tanenbaums,
Magnolia, Melancholia, 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.