This one is going to take a while,
Books; any by Cormac McCarthy especially 'Suttree' and 'Blood
Meridian', most any by Robert Olen-Butler esp 'They Whisper',
'Wicked', 'House of Leaves', 'Zen and the Art of Motorcycle
Maintenance', Jack Kerouac, Jack London, 'Skin' by Kathe Koja, 'Il
Cucchaio d'Argento', 'Consilience',, 'A Brief History of Time',
'Metamorphosis' by Kafka, Irvine Welsh, W S Burroughs, most
anything to do with food, philosophy, physics... Recently been
reading Birdsong, The Eden Project, some Rumi, Ryokan and Rilke.
I've been rediscovering poetry, something of a shameful
Movies: Waking Life, The Science of Sleep, Amelie, Trois Couleurs
trilogy, Happiness, Almodovar, Being John Malkovitch, Donnie Darko,
most any Tim Burton, Rushmore, Secretary, Hitchhikers Guide to the
Galaxy, Kung Fu Hustle, Zatoichi, Shaolin Soccer, Oldboy, I'm a
Cyborg but that's OK, Infernal Affairs (sic), Il Postino, The
Bothersome Man, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Harold and
Maude, Requiem for a Dream, Faster, V-Four Victory, On Any Sunday,
Chasing Amy, Clerks, Belleville Rendezvous, Spirited Away...
Music: On BBC6 Music I like most of what Marc Riley and Gideon Coe
play, but almost everything really from classical and opera (thanks
to my parents), through American Folk, alternative/indie, ska to
guilty pleasures like anyone else, but not so much pop or
I especially like Grandaddy/Jason Lytle, Joan as Police Woman,
David Bowie, the Shins, Nirvana, Richie Havens, Eileen Ivers,
Tracey Chapman, Cracker, Morphine, Dinosaur Jr., Philip Glass, John
Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald, Bjork,
Magnetic Fields, Pearl Jam, the Maccabees, Eels, Bon Iver, the Yeah
Yeah Yeahs, Bat for Lashes, Fishbone, Blur, Field Music/British Sea
Power/Week That Was/etc, Boards of Canada, Cake, Joanna Newsom...
Yeah, somewhat arbitrary.
Food: Yes Please! Italian, Mexican (mmm... Tamales), Middle
Eastern, Indian, good old slow cooked BBQ, and I've a powerful
sweet tooth, so homemade ice cream, cakes, chocolate of course. So
much food, so little time!
I'll probably come back to this to add more...