books. well, i spend a lot of time trying to plow through my
teetering stack of new yorker magazines, but when i do get sucked
into a book it tends to be nonfiction. my favorite book recently
was 'the lost city of Z,' a true adventure-mystery about an
obsessed explorer of the Amazon who disappeared searching for a
rumored ancient civilization deep in the jungle. it was awesome.
even better were the crazy stories shared with me when i mentioned
to anyone that i was reading this book- like the friend of a
friend's dad's schoolmate who was swallowed whole by an anaconda.
etc, etc. also loved the david mccullough's john adams biography.
currently reading 'the emperor of all maladies' and it's
as for movies, nine times out of ten i want to see documentaries.
some favorites off the top of my head- darkon, the cruise, the war
room, paradise lost (hurray west memphis three!), spellbound,
grizzly man...the other one time out of ten i will go see a
hollywood blockbuster and stuff my face with popcorn. also i love
christopher guest movies, which seems so obvious i shouldn't even
have to say it! and let the right one in. the queen. coming to
america. also a soft spot for the princess bride and when harry met
tv... rarely turn it on but i love: sixty minutes, cbs sunday
morning, the sunday morning political talk shows, rachel maddow,
game of thrones, storage wars, downton abbey, girls, tosh.o,
antiques roadshow, anything on the history or discovery channel,
dave chappelle, archer, and i used to watch jon stewart and stephen
colbert all the time, but not so much these days for some
musically i spent high school listening to a lot of fugazi, my
bloody valentine and a tribe called quest, and my tastes haven't
changed particularly. i'm still primarily an indie music fan, with
a huge streak of appreciation for good rap, and the occasional
catchy top 40 pop song. some other favorites: the wrens, nas, the
smiths, they might be giants, built to spill, tv on the radio,
pixies, slick rick, rollerskate skinny, fleetwood mac, spoon,
cam'ron and the diplomats, pharcyde, scott joplin and many, many
more. when i love a song i will play it on repeat for days. lately
though i've been listening to patton oswalt and kyle kinane
stand-up comedy albums and npr more than music. i go in
i love food. almost all of it. mmmm southern food sweet tea and
boiled peanuts, chinese broccoli, seafood, sushi, tator tots, thai,
breakfast, lobster rolls, deviled eggs, avocados, artichokes,
pretty much all vegetables.