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MUSIC: Anything that turns my flesh to spirit. Anything that makes
my feet no longer clay! I'm into substantive meaningful acoustic
stuffs like Ani Difranco, Counting Crows, Bob Dylan, Bob Marley,
Paul Simon, Tori Amos, Neil Young, Woody Guthrie, Cat Stevens,
Mumford and Sons, Ryan Adams, Pearl Jam, Andrew Bird. I also love
music about peace and social justice. Anything with soul and
passion and truth, a full-mouthed scream from the back of the
throat like of a dead-march of a gnat amid the trumpeting of
elephants and the roaring of lions, insatiable with microscopic
Fun and dance stuffs are also irresistible, like Del Shannon,
Arcade Fire, Bell and Sebastian, Magnetic Fields, Coldplay,
Radiohead, iron and wine, postal service, yeah yeah yeahs, the
mountain goats, band of horses, the clash, muse, new order, jeff
lewis, tears for fears, the spinto band, neutral milk hotel, matt
and kim, death cab, phoenix, okkervil river, the shins, regina
speckor, joy division, clap your hands say yeah, talking heads,
frightened rabbit, the temper trap, pulp, the comeback of st.
thomas, jens lekman...(I'm less plugged into new music as I was
during high school).
And of course my roots in metal and punk, like overcast, dissolve,
crass, nofx, rage..and classical music like Chopin, Beethoven,
Mozart, Bach, Satie, Liszt...
AUTHORS: I choose my roll models a la carte, meaning I try to take
the most admirable qualities from a range of great thinkers. The
list is long but includes names like Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn,
Isaac Newton, Rosa Luxenburg, Rene Descartes, Bell Hooks, Langston
Hughes, Aaron Swartz, Michael Albert, Dalton Trumbo, Emma Goldman,
Bertrand Russell, Neil Degrasse Tyson, Picasso, Mark Twain, John
What are "admirable qualities" in my opinion? Here's an example of
someone who gets it.
November 5, 2006
Dear Xavier High School, and Ms. Lockwood, and Messrs Perin,
McFeely, Batten, Maurer and Congiusta:
I thank you for your friendly letters. You sure know how to cheer
up a really old geezer (84) in his sunset years. I don't make
public appearances any more because I now resemble nothing so much
as an iguana.
What I had to say to you, moreover, would not take long, to wit:
Practice any art, music, singing, dancing, acting, drawing,
painting, sculpting, poetry, fiction, essays, reportage, no matter
how well or badly, not to get money and fame, but to experience
becoming, to find out what's inside you, to make your soul
Seriously! I mean starting right now, do art and do it for the rest
of your lives. Draw a funny or nice picture of Ms. Lockwood, and
give it to her. Dance home after school, and sing in the shower and
on and on. Make a face in your mashed potatoes. Pretend you're
Here's an assignment for tonight, and I hope Ms. Lockwood will
flunk you if you don't do it: Write a six line poem, about
anything, but rhymed. No fair tennis without a net. Make it as good
as you possibly can. But don't tell anybody what you're doing.
Don't show it or recite it to anybody, not even your girlfriend or
parents or whatever, or Ms. Lockwood. OK?
Tear it up into teeny-weeny pieces, and discard them into widely
separated trash recepticals. You will find that you have already
been gloriously rewarded for your poem. You have experienced
becoming, learned a lot more about what's inside you, and you have
made your soul grow.
God bless you all!
MOVIES: my favorite movie is Harold and Maude, my favorite cartoons
are Robin Hood and The Sword in the Stone, my favorite documentary
is Creating Freedom: The Lottery of Birth. I think Bill Murray is a
comedic genius. Philip Seymour Hoffman in Polly, and Vince Vaughn
in Made were hilarious. I like Woody Allen as a director because
his films are usually character driven focused on real, meaningful
human interactions. Generally, good escapism, good documentaries,
whatever the genre, I just prefer that it's of a high
FOOD: When it comes to food I ball out of control. I cook a lot,
and strive for the freshest, healthiest foods. When I'm not talking
about nature or the way the human social world works, I'm talking
about a new recipe.