Books: Tom Robbins is my homeboy. If you've read Still Life With
Woodpecker and didn't enjoy it, I don't think our love was meant to
be. If you haven't read it, you should go do that. Like, now.
Seriously. It's that good.
Other favorites: One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia
Marquez, Catch-22 by Joseph Heller, God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater by
Kurt Vonnegut, American Gods by Neil Gaiman, Siddhartha by Herman
Hesse, and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey, Hard Times
by Charles Dickens, The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemmingway,
Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino.
I also have a raging boner for anything written by William
Movies: I watched Jiro Dreams of Sushi the other day, and it was
quite possibly the most beautiful series of images I have ever
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless
Mind, Primer, The Big Lebowski, Being John Malkovitch, Moon,
American Beauty, The Fifth Element, Magnolia, Au Revoir Les
Enfants, Dr. Strangelove, The Royal Tennenbaums, High Fidelity,
Gladiator, WALL-E, and anything by Quentin Tarantino, Stanley
Kubrick, the Coen Brothers, Wes Anderson, Christopher Nolan, or
Music: Wilco, Led Zeppelin, The Talking Heads, LCD Soundsystem,
Arcade Fire, Phish, The Flaming Lips, Radiohead, Muse,
Spiritualized, Built to Spill, The Shins, tUnE-yArDs, Portugal. The
Man, Neutral Milk Hotel, Jeff Buckley, Spoon, Sigur Ros, The XX,
The White Stripes, Sufjan Stevens, Aesop Rock, The Rolling Stones,
The Avalanches, Menomena, Grizzly Bear, Caribou, Animal Collective,
The Beta Band, Nick Drake, Four Tet, DJ Shadow, Claude Debussy,
Neil Young, Wu-Tang Clan, Miles Davis, Giacomo Puccini, Jimi
Hendrix, Umphrey's McGee, Igor Stravinsky, Gorillaz, etc.