I am a hopeless cinephile, an ardent student of film as art and
craft, and spend a good deal of time watching and reading about
movies. My longitude/latitude of film scholarship are Robin Wood
and David Bordwell, the crossroad being where Form and Meaning
intersect. My aesthetic wonderland of choice would be the 1970s. I
marvel as Delphine Seyrig prepares dinner for three-and-a-half
hours in JEANNE DIELMAN, and cry when Bill Murray goes jogging with
Chris Makepeace in MEATBALLS.
On the fiction front: Laszlo Krasznahorkai's THE MELANCHOLY OF
RESISTANCE, Milan Kundera's IMMORTALITY, Nizos Kazantzakis' THE
LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST, Ian McEwan's THE CEMENT GARDEN.
Non-fiction: HOLLYWOOD FROM VIETNAM TO REAGAN by Robin Wood, ON THE
HISTORY OF FILM STYLE by David Bordwell, DREAMS OF CHAOS,VISIONS OF
ORDER by James Peterson, RE-VISIONING PSYCHOLOGY by James Hillman,
THE DREAD OF DIFFERENCE edited by Barry Keith Grant.
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Musically, I seem to have tuned out once Michael McDonald left The
Doobie Brothers so, yes, I'm mostly stuck in the 70s and 80s:
Stevie Wonder, Sir Hall & Sir Oates, T. Rex, Blondie,
Television, Steely Dan, Electric Light Orchestra, Paul Simon, Echo
& his Bunnymen, REM, The Smiths, Fleetwood Mac, John Denver,
ABBA, Tangerine Dream, Paul Williams, Giorgio Moroder...and Sam
And I'm always on the lookout for a sushi buddy!