I grew up in Germany as an army brat, with a German mother. This may have colored my upbringing a little: I’m bilingual and my childhood references are from continental Europe more than the U.S. I still had Disney and McDonald’s, but I read the Smurfs (yes, as a comic) and other Franco-Belgian stories instead of Dr. Seuss and ate a lot of sauerkraut.
I play pickup soccer games for fun and the odd game of broomball.
- I’m also a fan of Iain M. Banks’s sci-fi stories. I found Player of Games to be a great critique on cultural imperialism. Actually, most of his books cover that theme to some extent.
Movies: - Midnight in Paris, which shows you don’t have to live in the past to enjoy it.
- The American, for proof that George Clooney doesn’t always overact. It’s a very meditative experience.
- Terence Hill and Bud Spencer movies from the ‘60s and ’70s. Think Spaghetti Westerns without the seriousness of Sergio Leone, except when Sergio Leone actually directed them.
Shows: - I watch several of USA’s shows, like Suits, Psych (a great series finale to cap the eight seasons), and Burn Notice.
- My current favorite is probably Brooklyn Nine-Nine - it has just the right mix of office pranks and heart.
Music: - Rory Gallagher for the rocking blues
- Mark Knopfler for the tasteful solos to accompany his songwriting talents
- Jeff Beck for the guitar virtuosity covering quite a few genres
Food: - I'm a big fan of falafel; rice and vegetables are always a good combo, too.
- Music with a strong backbeat and an overemphasized flattened fifth
- A steady supply of books to read
- Pastime with good company
- My brain
- False gravitas