Editing things — and I am not just talking about words.
It seems to me that all of the good (rock) music of the last 30 years can be traced to four sources: The Velvet Underground, The Stooges, The Byrds, and Black Sabbath. Discuss.
Every time I listen to John Coltrane I think: life would be better if I listened to John Coltrane. I feel the same about Minor Threat.
I try not to be dogmatic. I listen to lots of other stuff--bebop and hard bop; reggae and dub; funk and soul; Elmore James, Big Joe Turner, Little Walter; Big Star, John Fahey, Neil Young, PJ Harvey, Tom Waits, Nick Cave. I grew up on L.A. punk rock and will always adore X and Black Flag.
Generally speaking, I am culturally voracious and drawn to stuff that unsettles even as it soothes.
Cast iron pan
You know, the usual shit.
Also: How far short this country falls of its promise.