Apparently, I read a lot of narrative/memoir/autobiography. Other
people's lives inspire me, particularly when a person overcomes
adversity, then writes about it with clarity. I also own a lot of
children's books, which is both a testament to my current
professional and lifetime love of books. The rest of my shelves are
dominated by instructional books, (some outlining hobbies I have
yet to engage in), 1960's political history, old textbooks (some
are for subjects I never studied, but still wanted to learn about)
and pulp fiction.
I listen to entirely too much Ani Difranco. But when I don't need
to get in touch with my inner self-righteous feminist with a
guitar, I often listen to music from generations that precede me.
Sometimes, it's Janis Joplin, Bob Dylan, Simon and Garfunkel or The
Grateful Dead. Other days it might be David Bowie, The Clash, Elvis
Costello, James Taylor or Joni Mitchell.
Many of my favourite musicians arguably hit their peak sometime in
the 1990s, such as The Lemonheads, Tom Petty, The Shins, Erin
Mckeown, Modest Mouse, Belle and Sebastian, Kimya Dawson, The New
Pornographers and Built to Spill. I try to be aware of music that's
been recorded in this decade. Beirut, The Mountain Goats, Sarah
Blasko, Lisa Mitchell, Regina Spektor and Florence + the Machine
come to mind.
I like to cook Mexican food, usually simplistic versions of the
foods I ate when I studied abroad. I generally prefer simple meals
over long preparation times, but if I really like you, I
endeavor to prepare something more elaborate. I enjoy Thai, Indian,
Italian, Japanese and the cuisine of cultures I have forgotten to
I was five years old when I saw The Simpsons premiere on prime time
TV. Other TV shows have tickled my fancy. But I strongly identified
with Lisa Simpson as a child, and have been hooked ever since. My
boyfriend and I had a marathon watching the first two seasons of
Boardwalk Empire. It was alright.
I watched Empire Records 37 times when I was in Year 8; it was
alright too. I'm a big fan of Hedwig and The Angry Inch and
Shortbus. I once filmed John Cameron Mitchell at a forum on Queer
Media when I was an intern at Dyke TV in Brooklyn. But mostly, TV
and movies serve as a backdrop to my crafting activities.