Books and authors:
(Also see below.)
Paradise Lost (is *so good*). Rick Perlstein. Plato's Symposium,
Apology, and Euthryphro. The Aeneid. Terry Pratchett. Mercedes
Lackey. Chris Hayes. Tamora Pierce. Waiting for the Midnight Hour.
Film and TV:
I tend to devour television shows seasons at a time.
The Wire will always remain first in my heart.
I listen to what was the cutting edge of hipster music in
I also have a soft spot in my heart for 90's alt-rock, all sorts of
baroque music, and anything you might hear on Soul Train.
Here's my last.fm: http://www.last.fm/user/Hario
The two most delicious drinks are red wine and vanilla milkshakes.
But not at the same time!
The two most delicious foods are Israeli-style salad and snitzel
Cooking is fun.
I wish I were strong enough to be a vegetarian.
These are the books that changed my life, and
Your Place Tomorrow
by Javier Marias.
This book, simply put, explains humanity. The main character is a
sort of spy: he watches people during negotiations, and reports
back what he guesses about their hidden thoughts. This is a
terrific lens to pursue the actual point of the book - a modern,
readable Proustian tour of the human condition itself.
Which Side Are You On?
by Thomas Geoghegan.
This book explains the heartbreak, the promise, and the maddening
failures of the labor movement. It's the book that made me first
understand the meaning of human dignity and the real need for
solidarity in all of us. If you see this it means you're actually
reading this carefully. Good! Mention the word "avocado" in a
message to me and get a surprise.
, by Tamora Pierce. (Really, all her
It took me years to realize that I was reading "girls' books" that
feature strong female heroines. I didn't mind - these books are
great! I learned feminism from Tamora Pierce, as well as what
treating people with respect looks like in practice.