God Bless You Mr. Rosewater, or Bluebeard, Vonnegut
A Door Into Summer, Heinlein
A Light In the Forest, Conrad
The Garden Of Eden, Hemmingway
Little Birds, Anais Nin
A Room With A View, E.M. Forster
All Creatures Bright & Beautiful, James Herriat
Just about everything Rick Bass writes, naturalist writers in
general... biographies of artists...
Pablo Neruda's beautiful poetry.
Bob Dylan, especially the Vaudeville/western style he's settled
into. I've seen him seven times!
The Pixies, The Clash, Radiohead, Iron and Wine, Jose Gonzalez, Bon
Iver, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Gregory Alan Isakov, Gillian Welch,
Patty Griffin, Regina Spektor, Manu Chao, Massive Attack, Mazzy
Star, Air, Lucinda Williams, Miike Snow, The XX.. Thievery Corp,
Nina Simone, Johnny Cash, Janes Addiction, Tool.. and so on.
This American Life, Radiolab, Snap Judgement.
Harold & Maude and it's humanist underpinnings.
The Shining, Casa Blanca, Blow Up, The Party, Lost In
Translation,The Lovers of the Arctic Circle... Spaghetti
Conversely I can get interested in just about any contemporary film
that doesn't use violence as it's single currency. I like campy
20/30 something flics like Singles, and High Fidelity... I'm big on
Spanish and French films.
I'm not too keen on most T.V. I just can't suspend my disbelief
long enough to forget that these are actors playing doctors, with
the intellect to look beautiful- not mend bones, ya dig?
It's just all too clear that the underlying themes lots of shows
foist on us support terrible views of our sexuality, our
identities, our roles in this culture, and really what our culture
should be etc.. Is anybody with me?
Having said that I will get off my high-horse occasionally. TV
comedy is a good example. It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia is
Mexican, Mediterranean, Thai, Indian, Japanese/Sushi, Ecuadorean..
Checking out new restaurant makes for the start of a good date...
Macaroni and cheese, Mexican tamales, a good spicy curry, coffee
ice cream... peach cobbler, just about any pie.