Fiction: E.F. Benson, Iris Murdoch, Jonathan Franzen, Barbara Pym, Muriel Spark, Anita Brookner, Joanna Trollope, old school sci-fi. If you know who Angela Thirkell is we might share a sensibility. Would you think less of me if I confessed I'm also a Stephen King fan, or that I usually have a John Grisham novel in hand for long plane trips?
Magazines: Harper's, Atlantic Monthly, New York Review of Books, New Yorker.
Music: Extremely varied. Tudor choral music, Edith Piaf, verismo opera, Richard Strauss, Korngold, Gliere, Medtner, Scriabin, Franck, Widor, late Beethoven, Amalia Rodrigues, Adele, Sigur Ros, Franco-Flemish requiems, classic gospel, cheesy Thai pop music, Hindustani classical music, etc, etc. I'm listening to ABBA as I type this. I really can't tolerate Rap, Country, or anything that PBS runs during fund raising time.
TV: Downton Abbey. Absolutely Fabulous. Iron Chef ( preferably the original Japanese version). Scandal. Madam Secretary. The Good Wife. The Walking Dead.
Movies: 1950s Sci-Fi paranoia movies, low budget Film Noir, Ponderous 1950's Biblical epics, anything Kurosawa, anything Merchant-Ivory, anything Crawford, Davis, or Stanwyck (did I tell you I was gay?), Busby Berkeley musical spectaculars.
Food: Everything. Bi bim bap, pasta carbonara, sushi, stinky French cheeses, mouhammara, kimchee, North Carolina pulled pork, anything spicy. Cooking a lot of Thai food since returning from cooking classes in Thailand.
My cat Lola.
Access to a beautiful organ.
Zombie apocalypse survival.
My next trip. (Java? Norway? Tennessee? Myanmar?)
How I'm going to negotiate the liturgical year with this choir.
How to wangle a Norwegian passport.
I'm a sucker for an accent; Dutch or Scottish wins.
I talk baby talk to my cat. Don't judge.
I'm very unlikely to respond to "Hey".