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Books: Recently, 1Q84, The Tiger's Wife, The Brief and Wondrous
Life of Oscar Wao. I've finally given myself permission to get into
young adult fiction, and happily plowed through the Harry Potter
series, the Hunger Games books, and the His Dark Materials trilogy.
In the more conventionally "adult" category: anything by Murakami,
recently fell in love with Bolano's 2666, the short fiction of
Alice Munro, Kevin Brockmeyer, Donald Barthelme, Raymond Carver,
Dennis Johnson. The literature teacher side of me is into Joyce
(particularly Dubliners (particularly "Araby")), Thomas Mann (I've
read The Magic Mountain more times than I can count), Kafka,
Melville, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Faulkner, George Elliot. I love
non-fiction of all kinds, but my favorite collection of essays
would have to be Joan Didion's The White Album. Poetry: I've been
reading and enjoying Roberto Bolano's poems recently, but the poet
I keep returning to is Rilke, particularly the Robert Bly
translated collection, and I really admire Billy Collins both as a
poet and an advocate for the genre. I am fascinated by science
writing too andI love dorky academic reading in anthropology and
Movies: Anything by Michele Gondry, Charlie Kaufman, Jean Pierre
Jeunet, Krzysztof Kieslowski, Wes Anderson, Terrence Malik, the
Cohen brothers. The Harry Potter movies, Lord of the Rings, movies
set in space that involve long silences, "ping"s and confronting
humanity's tragically outsized ambitions (I've got a soft spot for
dorky sci-fi), Reconstruction, Spirited Away, lots and lots
Shows: I try to watch Twin Peaks at least once a year, Mad Men,
Lost, Six Feet Under, 30 Rock, Community, Arrested Development,
Freaks and Geeks...I have no cable and gave away my TV, so when I
watch shows it's mostly over the internet and I'm mostly a season
or two behind.
Music: Too much to list. Lately I can't seem to stop listening to
lots and lots of Dub (the Upsetters, Gregory Isaacs, Joe Gibbs) and
90s hip hop (Scarface, Geto Boys, 2pac, Nice & Smooth, Black
Sheep...). I've also been listening to James Blake, How to Dress
Well, Phosphorescent, Brian Eno, Yo La Tengo, '60s Rolling Stones,
Willie Nelson, Tim Hecker, Fuck Buttons, Crystal Castles, Baroness,
Thin Lizzy, Iron Maiden, lots of '60s and '70s soul, and whatever
comes up on shuffle.
Food: I continue to be pleasantly surprised in my ongoing search
for the best bahn mi in Seattle. No clear winners yet, but there
are a lot of strong contenders.