The first book to win me over as a kid was Dear Mr. Henshaw by
Beverly Clearly. To this day sitting in my car eating fried chicken
while watching the ocean on a rainy day still ranks on my to-do
list. Since then I've been drifting along in a continual state of geekery over books and
In terms of theoretical writing, I enjoy working through the
thought of Hannah Arendt
, Giorgio Agamben, and Jacques
Derrida. On the more fictitious side of things i have found myself
continually engaged, frustrated and inspired by the writing of
Cormac McCarthy, Salman Rushdie, Haruki Murakami, and Fyodor
Dostoevsky. When I'm looking for something interesting, but not
all-consuming I enjoy reading the essays of Walter Benjamin, Joan
Didion, and Flannery O'Connor as well as the poetry of Langston
Hughes, Alfred Tennyson and Mahmoud Darwish.
My usual musical suspects include Yo La Tengo, the
, PJ Harvey, Tom Waits, Sonic Youth
, Guided By Voices, Michael Gira/ Swans,
Jonathan Richman/ Modern Lovers
, Sara Watkins, Uncle
Tupelo, the Pastels, Toots
and the Maytals
. Rolling Stones, Nina Simone, Desmond Dekker,
Jimi Hendrix, Neko Case, Grass
, the Vaselines, Explosions in the Sky, Talulah Gosh,
Holly Golightly, and pretty much everything that Phil Spector
produced during the 'Wall of Sound' era.
As far as movies go, I
pretty much dig the usual fare.
My favorites include Crimes and
Misdemeanors, Sideways, Wendy and Lucy, Moon, There Will Be Blood,
Last Tango in Paris, Million Dollar Baby, Contempt, No Country For
Old Men, the Elephant Man, Blazing Saddles, Caddyshack, Terminator,
Repo Man, and shitty 80s flicks.
Um, I don't eat or own any food. Not my thing, really, but I do
have a subscription to Netflix that I use every so often. I don't
know what that means.