A few books: Illusions (Richard Bach), Where Can Peace Be Found?
(J. Krishnamurti), Autobiography of a Yogi (Paramahansa Yogananda),
The New France (Andrew Jefford), Jitterbug Perfume (Tom Robbins),
Oneness (Rasha), Horizons Touched - The Music of ECM (Steve
A few poets: Ralph Waldo Emerson, Pablo Neruda, William Stafford,
Naomi Shihab Nye, Joni Mitchell
A few movies: Kiss of the Spider Woman, Le Hérisson, Blade Runner,
8 1/2 Women (not to be confused with Fellini's 8 1/2, but that's a
great film too), Woody Allen, Coen Brothers, Kubrick, Godard, and
too many others to stuff into this column.
A bit more music: Peter Gabriel, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen,
Frank Zappa, Yes, King Crimson, Brian Eno, Jon Hassell, Daniel
Lanois, Hans Zimmer, Bon Iver, Keith Jarrett, John Coltrane,
Thelonious Monk, Sun Ra, Al di Meola, Astor Piazzola, Pat Metheny,
ECM Records Norway/Sweden/Munich/London/NY, Alexis Weissenberg,
Serge Gainsbourg, Billie Holiday with Lester Young, Carmen McRae
with strings, Shirley Horn with Charlie Haden, and a huge pile of
art rock spanning the 60's - present day. Music is like breathing
for me, and so it feels funny trying to pick a favorite anything. I
will however listen to just about anything twice with an open mind
before deciding whether or not I'll listen to it again.
TV: More often than not I find myself watching it vicariously
through others, however the new Cosmos is a breath of fresh
Food: Freshness, balance, simplicity... That basically means Italy.
Yes, I'd like to eat the whole country of Italy. I love that
Seattle has great Indian, Mexian (especially Oaxacan), Thai and
Vietnamese options. Brunch at French bistro? Yes and yes!