Books: All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren is undoubtedly my
favorite novel. Reading a few chapters of a first-edition first
printing of this book at Powell's Bookstore in Portland is one of
the closes things I've had to a personal spiritual
Moneyball is my favorite non-fiction book. It rekindled my love of
baseball, and I use it as an inspiration/benchmark for how to break
past conventional wisdom.
As a kid, I loved The Wizard of Oz
series by L. Frank
I have a bit of a soft spot for mindfucks and gimmicks, so Eternal
Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Memento, and Adaptation are three of
I am a hack for anything Coen Brothers. A Serious Man perfectly
captured the nihilist streak that runs through all the Jewish
culture-stuff that I absorbed growing up.
When I'm feeling down there's nothing I like better than
light-hearted action movies that don't take themselves terribly
seriously. Examples are Serenity, Pirates of the Caribbean,
Music: A mix of classic rock, indie rock, occasionally r&b. I
used to be more dogmatic/judgmental about top 40 but then I
realized I was just being a snob.
Example favorites: The Beatles, Frank Ocean, Arcade Fire, Gorillaz,
Of Monsters & Men, Jefferson Airplane