Books: what I'm reading now:Why Nations Fail. Merging of
historical, economic, and geographic factors in determining what
polities succeed/ed and which do/did not. Finished Moscow 1937,
which is a gripping account of how Stalin in his grandiose and
brutal ways attempted to recast Moscow in his vision as the grand
Print media: Atlantic Monthly, New Yorker, NY Review of Books,
Economist. Keep current with these, to be truthful.. Also scan some
fashion mags to help me in some of my work (if you'd like, will
have 'splanin to do, Loocy- view it as culture as consumption,
innovation diffusion, whatever) as well as scientific/medical
journals (JAMA, NEJM, Science)
On-line: The Guardian, NY Times, Moscow News (both English and на
русском языке) France24, Wilson Quarterly.
Movies: Recently seen: Blue Jasmine, 20 Feet From Stardom
(documentary about backup singers)varied French fare. Can't wait to
see the new Wes Anderson movie. Good enough to buy and keep DVDs:
Amelie, The Seventh Seal, Wild Strawberries,The Bicycle Thief, Eric
Rohmer's seasonal quartet, any Almodovar, Jarmusch, or Kurosawa
film, Forman's Czech period (including Jiri Menzel), L'Atlante, Mr.
Hulot Takes a Holiday, (Janus Films freak here) American Beauty,
McCabe and Mrs. Miller, The Godfather (I and II), Idiocracy (funny
and scary), Casablanca, Local Hero, Garden State.
Shows:While I don't own a TV, have all of "Mad Men" on a thumb
drive. Will gladly cocoon with you, as long as you're not into
reality TV or any of the "American Idol" ilk. Historical faves:
Python, Fawlty, The Prisoner, Twilight Zone.
Music: On the radio/computer stream: BBC Radio 3, (especially "Late
Junction" and "Through the Night"), Jonathan Schwartz's weekend
shows (though he's a bit precious at times), WFMT, WNYC/QXR, WBGO.
KUSC Los Angeles.
Artists and performers: Debussy, Ravel, Britten, Handel, Ralph
Vaughan Williams, Rimsky-Korsakov, Glenn Gould, Jordi Savall
Steely Dan, Sondheim, Trane, Miles, Leonard Cohen, Nancy LaMott,
Aretha, Cream, Jefferson Airplane, early to-mid Springsteen ("One
Step Up" is a work of genius), Astor Piazzolla, and this incredible
folk accordionist, Karen Tweed.
Operas: Loved revival of Les Troyens! Also celebrating Britten's
Centenary (Midsummer Night's Draem, etc.)
Genres: Zairean soukous: (Kanda Bongo Man, Madilu System), English
and Breton folk music, Indian ragas, Spanish Renaissance. Trying to
appreciate modern popular music, but sorry, must leave rap and
hip-hop out of this arena- save a bit of OutKast.
Food: Varied- eat meat sparingly. Have a sweet tooth, at times to
my chagrin. Prefer dives- they're honest. Would never classify
myself as a "foodie" (not into seen and be seen at a restaurant,
nor be insulted with celebutante service and cuisine)