I like all books as long as they aren't true crime or celebrity
gossip. Some of my favourite authors are: Mark Helprin, Gabriel
Garcia Marquez, Isabel Allende, Romesh Gunesekera (Reef is
incredible!) , Annie Dillard and Eudora Welty. In fact, you could
replace this list with an entire list of Southern writers, they
have produced the best writers the U.S. has to offer.
I recently read 'The New Jim Crow' because of a fellow Cupider's
recommendation, and it was a life-changing book for me. Tell me
about a book which changed yours?
I love music. I think it's as vital to living as air or food. I
listen to most kinds, from classical to country. At the risk of
sounding like a cliche, my favourite composer is Beethoven, whose
music always reveals a new and fascinating bit every time I listen
to it. I coudn't begin to list all my favourites, but here's just a
tiny taste: Prince, Stevie Ray Vaughan,Ray Charles, Bela Fleck,
Jimmy Buffet, Bob Marley, India Arie, any of Rachmaninoff's piano
music, Verdi,Garth Brooks, Immortal Technique, Jill Scott,Willie
Nelson, Darius Rucker, Tupac, Mark Cohen, Parliament and Bonnie
Raitt. And I haven't even gotten started on the blues musicians-
blues is my favourite genre if I have to choose just one. But
really, I love almost all music and couldn't imagine a life without
I enjoy art museums and have some favourite artists, but I really
don't know enough to have a huge list. One of my favourites is Dale
Chihuly. I also love Mark Rothko, but I've resigned myself to
getting that horrified stare when I say so. I won't hold it against
you if you roll your eyes at that choice as long as you don't make
gagging sounds. I hate gagging sounds.
I love to cook, and to eat out occasionally. When I do go out, my
favourites, in no particular order, are Greek,Vietnamese and
Indian. I love southern cooking even though I don't indulge very
often. If I am in the mood for a good steak, it had better be
I like movies but you probably know more about them than I do. Some
of my all-time favourites are 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon',
'Sideways', 'Being There', 'The Princess Bride'and 'Little Miss
Sunshine'. I will watch 'Love, Actually' at least four times a year
and I cry at the same places every single time. I'll watch Chow-Yun
Fat in almost anything, and the same goes for Johnny Depp. Daniel
Craig is probably the only celebrity who can make me drool
uncontrollably.Ok, and The Rock. If you invite me to watch a James
Bond movie, you'd better not say 'Pierce Brosnan' or 'Roger Moore'
in the same breath.