Additionally I'm infinitely curious with some oddly wide ranging interests including Political Activism, Hip Hop Culture, Sociology, Philosophy, Art, Journalism, Anthropology, Graphic Design, Web Programming, Billie Holliday, Rita Hayworth, Politics, Languages, Writing, and Boxing . In the interests of full disclosure, Boxing is a very serious addiction. I'm a born fight junkie... and no, that does not include MMA...
Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail - Hunter S Thompson
The God Delusion - Richard Dawkins
A Brief History of Time - Stephen Hawking
A Peoples History of the United States - Howard Zinn
Stranger in a Strange Land - Robert Heinlein
Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them - Al Franken
Assata an Autobiography - Assata Shakur
Live From Death Row - Mumia Abu Jamal
Executing Justice - Daniel R Williams
Facing Ali - Stephen Brunt
Music is a gigantic part of my life, and my tastes are pretty wide ranging but at my core I'm a die hard unabashed and unapologetic Hip Hop head. Artists dominating my iTunes:
Billie Holiday, Dessa, Atmosphere, Brother Ali, Qwel, Ras Kass, Jay-Z, Miles Davis, Doomtree, Oasis, Dutch (Liz Fullerton & Stoupe from Jedi Mind), Vinnie Paz, Jedi Mind Trickz, BK One, Diabolic, Extended F@mm, Gyro, Athletic Mic League, Verbatim, Jean Grae, The Fugees, PackFM, Skid Row, Typical Cats, One Be Lo, Black Moon, Camp Lo, 50 Cent, Styles of Beyond, Michael Jackson, Nas, EPMD, Eminem, Dead Prez, C. Rayz Walz, Asher Roth, Amy Winehouse, Alicia Keyes, A Tribe Called Quest, Etta James, Fort Minor, John Coltrane, Thelonius Monk, Buck Cherry, Blu and Exile, Talib Kweli, Apathy & Celph Titled, Liz Fullerton, Immortal Technique, Tonedef, Ill Bill, Nina Simone, Louis Logic, Mos Def, Pharoah Monch, Lauryn Hill, Little Brother, Prince, Charlie Parker, GangStarr, Das EFX, Cunninglynguists, Chino XL, Lupe Fiasco, Wordsworth, Redman, Sade, Outkast, Lost Boyz, Angie Aparo, JoshuaGene, Cheefin Editor, Convotronics, Masta Ace, KRS-One, Souls of Mischief
Waking Life, The Nines, Casino, Heat, V for Vendetta, Anchorman, The Godfather, Goodfellas, The Usual Suspects, Boondock Saints, Gonzo, Devil's Advocate, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Thank You for Smoking, Office Space, WALL•E
2. A Notebook
3. The novel "Stranger in a Strange Land" by Robert Heinlein.
4. Ring Magazine (Serious Boxing Addict)
5. The Movie "Waking Life"
6. Photoshop (I'm an Adobe junkie...)
How lucky we are that Billie Holiday existed, music today would be weird if everyone influenced by Billie, hadn't been.
How much it sucks Mitch Hedberg died so young.
The absurdity of 2000 years of Christian and Muslim wars when the most quoted prophet in the Qur'an (besides Mohammed of course) is Jesus Christ.
That if it wasn't for artists like Brother Ali, Atmosphere, Immortal Technique, Blu, Qwel and Tonedef, Hip Hop would almost certainly be dead by now... and sadly most of you reading this have no idea who any of them are...
What the world looked like to Hunter S. Thompson...
The impact of American arrogance and imperialism...
Why people who've accomplished so little always seem to feel so entitled...
*Unexpectedly, more than a few people have asked me if this is actually true... I didn't think it seemed sarcastic or like a blow-off answer, but it seems some people think it is. I assure you it's quite true... so do not throw a bat at me, because I will fuck you up. :)
**Even more unexpectedly, it seems some people who've read the above think I might be referring to baseball bats. I am not. I mean flying, echo-locating, rabies carrying bats. (see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat if you are in any way possibly still confused)
*** To be fair, a phobia of baseball bats would be way more unique and probably more interesting though.