I absolutely love _The Razor's Edge_ by W. Sommerset Maughm. It's a
contender on the short list for my favorite books along with the
better bits of Vonnegut, some Herman Wouk, and a smattering of
William Gibson novels. I read a lot of non-fiction too, but most of
it doesn't age well.
Over the last few years, I've been memorizing T.S. Eliot's "The
Waste Land". I think it's one of the most important things written
in the twentieth century. I've got about 20% memorized; "II A game
of Chess" and "III The Fire Sermon" are tricky.
I am unapologetically into dark scene music;
goth/industrial/electro. During the summer, I hit the German music
festivals. It's fascinating to see a band that can only get a few
hundred people in Seattle play to a crowd of ten thousand people.
That said, I have no trouble separating the rest of my life from
the club/concert scene. I'll wear a VNV Nation hoodie to work, but
not my full "going out" regalia.
I am not food-motivated. I harbor a low-grade mistrust of foodies.
Much like jazz musicians, I suspect most chefs are doing novel
things to amuse themselves more than their putative audience. It's
an overstatement to say that I'm all "meat and potatos", but when I
see the word "re-imagined" on a restaurant menu I tend to suspect