BOOKS: I am usually reading one novel and one non-fiction book at
all times. A lot of the nonfiction in the last 3 years has been
music bios, mostly of the 60s and 70s rock bands I grew up with. I
like everything by Robert Anton Wilson
(RIP), anything by Ken
, anything by Buddhist psychologist Mark Epstein
Art of Loving Kindness" by Sharon Salzberg
, books by Padgitt
Powell & George Saunders
, every single novel by Mark
! "Land O' Goshen" by Charles McNair
, "The Gay
Place" by Billy Lee Brammer
, Larry L. King
, "The Wonder of
Girls: Understanding the Hidden Nature of Our Daughters" by Michael
Gurian, enjoyed a lot of kids fantasy books as I've raised my
daughter. Am currently reading a lot of Edwin Bud Shrake and
"Vagina: A New Bigography" by Naomi Wolf. Fascinating study about
the vagina's powerful and incredible effect on women's
consciousness. Totally different from men's. If you really want to
blow your mind by learning about human nature and relationships,
check out "Sex At Dawn: Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality".
Just finished it. MOVIES: The Unbearable Lightness of Being
"Dazed and Confused," "Almost Famous," "Eternal Sunshine of the
," "What the Bleep Do We Know?" "Best in Show"(!)
and everythig by that ensemble, most Will Farrell movies.
Documentaries: "The Smartest Guys In The Room", and you really
should see Jeremy Scahill's "Dirty Wars" about our use of drones in
Afghanistan. I've always been a big Obama supporter, and still am,
but not when it comes to the use of drones. It's heartbreaking and
sickening. TV: I watch the evening MSNBC shows and comedy shows
almost exclusively. "The Jon Stewart Show", "The Colbert Report,"
"The Rachel Maddow Show," Laurence O'Donnell, "Louie [C.K.],"
"Portlandia," "The Newsroom, "VEEP," "Men of a Certain Age,"
"Children's Hospital" and stand-up shows. Huge fan of
"Californication" because I have a man crush on Duchovny's
character (not for his sexual proclivity, but his incessant wry
wit). MUSIC: Easier to list what I don't like: smooth or fusion
jazz. Power pop, alternative, Americana, some hip hop and
rap—really everything, mostly mixed genre playlists/comp CDs. But
Southern and Deep Soul (1960s-1970s) have long been a passion. A
music collector since age 6, so no list of faves under book length
is possible. Off the top of my head, faves include The Weepies,
local band the Ugly Beats
, Rilo Kiley/Jenny Lewis (I never get
star crushes, but Jenny Lewis is a special case), Teenage
, The Mountain Goats
, Doug Sahm
(!), The Beach
(especially Brother Records era), James Brown, Ann
, Joe Valentine
, Al Green
, any soul music on Hi
Records, Otis Redding
, Bettye Lavette
(!), Bobby Blue
, Bobby Patterson
. COMEDY: I devote as much time these
days to comedy as I do to music. Becoming an amateur comedy
historian. For starters, I ADORE Mindy Kaling! Can't get enough of
"The Mindy Project". Adore Zooey Deschanel in "New Girl" even more!
Maria Bamford! Sarah Silverman! The Daily Show's Vanessa Williams!
[Louis C.K.]]. Jim Gaffigan
. [Ricky Gervais]].
. Will Ferrel
. Firesign Theater
, Brother Dave Gardner
, Jim Roche
, Mitch Hedberg
. RIP. FOOD: Fruit, salads, ceviche,
sushi migas, salmon and lots of different kinds of trailer foods.