Current obsessions include House of Cards, Kimmy Schmidt, The Great British Bake Off, How to Get Away with Murder, online advice columns, my weekly meditation class, and how I can start working on my own collection of essays.
Movies: This is a hard one. When I was a child, it was Adventures in Babysitting and Return to Oz. When I was a teenager, it was Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Clue. When I was in college it was Memento and Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Now it's probably a quirky documentary or indie film, unless we're talking straight up most important films ever, in which case I say, watch Rashomon, La Dolce Vita, and Citizen Kane and you would probably have all bases covered.
TV shows: I like good stuff-- Orphan Black, Doctor Who, House of Cards, Girls, Looking, Veep, Downton are all shows I follow-- as well as bad stuff-- most trashy reality tv. I will never not have cable. My favorite days are those when you inadvertently find a marathon of someone needing an intervention of some kind, or someone who's ill-advisedly decided to renovate a house with absolutely no expertise for doing so.
Music: I found myself recently buying music by Will Butler, Lord Huron, Waxahatchee, Joanna Newsome, and Ryan Adams for just a quick sample from my iTunes. I'm really quite into collecting records and I like older country, 70s soul and r&b, 60s girl groups, and lots of singer songwriters and folk.
Food: Food is important. I cook. I eat. I dine. I pretend to taste various flavors when I drink wine. I read food blogs and keep a list of restaurants in Seattle to visit. I plan trips to places to eat meals. I eat meat and I eat dessert and I feel badly about either of those things only very rarely.
2. Diet Coke. I am addicted.
3. The Internets. How else would I correspond with you?
4. A long bath after a long day.
5. A good book.
6. Cable. [see above.]
"Exactitude is not truth." -- Matisse
"Doing nothing can be a way of knowing something. Doing something can be a way of knowing nothing." -- Cary Tennis
"Love what you love." -- Van Gogh
"To copy others is necessary but to copy oneself is pathetic." --Picasso
"The opposite of faith is not doubt, but certainty. Certainty is missing the point entirely. Faith includes noticing the mess, and emptiness, and discomfort, and letting it be there until some light returns." -- Anne Lamott
"Art is a wicked thing. It is what we are." -- Georgia O'Keefe
"Love comes with a knife." -- Rumi
"The mind creates the abyss, and the heart crosses it." -- Sri Nisargardatta
"To love another is something like prayer and cannot be planned; you just fall into its arms because your belief undoes your disbelief." -- Anne Sexton
"To choose doubt as a philosophy of life is akin to choosing immobility as a means of transportation." -- Yann Martel
"Blasphemy is not apostasy." -- Donna Haraway