Here are some recent books, movies, shows, and music I've
Aleph, Paul Coelho
Luminous Airplanes, Paul La Farge
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Haruki Murakami
The Taste of Tea, Katsuhito Ishii
Layer Cake, Matthew Vaughn
A Cat in Paris, Jean-Loup Felicioli, Alain Gagnol (Yes, I
just IMDBed A Cat in Paris and cut-and-pasted those
"The Supersizers Go ..."
"Just For Me," Naked Raygun
"Sketch for Winter," The Durutti Column
"I Think I Need a New Heart," The Magnetic Fields
Among the few movies I've gladly watched more than once are La
Voie Lactée, Lola Rennt, and Bella Martha.
I don't have cable or a dish, and — much to their dismay — I've
turned down Verizon's repeated pleas to connect their channels. I
do sometimes turn on the digital broadcast TV for company while
doing pilates or riding the rollers — nothing like an Antiques
Roadshow or America's Test Kitchen workout.
Among my favorite slabs of vinyl are Naked Raygun's "Vanilla Blue"
7" in variegated blue-and-white (reminds me of blueberry cheesecake
ice cream) and a boxed set of the Complete Blue Note Recordings
of Thelonious Monk.
Start with a pound or so of mid-large Brussels sprouts; peel off
the outer leaves; slice thinly from the top to the base; flip into
a hot olive-oiled pan; chiffonade a medium head of radicchio, and
combine; add some sherry vinegar.
The yeast breads I bake are among the best I've ever tasted. The
quick breads I bake often require slicing and frying to cook them
the rest of the way.