MUSIC: Anything that turns my flesh to spirit. Anything that makes
my feet no longer clay! You can read a person sometimes by the
music they listen to. I'm into substantive meaningful acoustic
stuffs like Ani Difranco, Counting Crows, Bob Dylan, Bob Marley,
Paul Simon, Tori Amos, Cat Stevens, Mumford and Sons, Ryan Adams,
Andrew Bird. 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 desire!
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, 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
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 ala 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, Rene Descartes, Bell Hooks, Langston Hughes, Michael
Albert, Bertrand Russell, Neil Degrasse Tyson, Picasso.
MOVIES: Some Woody Allen films for example because they are
character driven focused on real, meaningful human interactions.
Good escapism, good documentaries. Whatever the genre, I just
prefer that it's of a high quality.
FOOD: I'm pretty frugal in general for moral reasons but when it
comes to food I ball out of control. What I consume is important to
me, whether it's food or some other form of culture. I strive for
the freshest, healthiest foods.