Spry, durable, loyal, grateful.
Maps. Vonnegut. Joseph Campbell. Tim O'Brien. Studs Terkel. Frank McCourt. Pete Hamill. The Gashlycrumb Tinies, Coal: A Human History, Atlases, The Tender Bar, Working, The Hero with a Thousand Faces, Chasing the White Dog, NY Times International section, more maps.
Stuff I haven't read but is high on my list:
SALT- Mark Kurlansky;
the Foxfire books (the instructional ones about planting, woodcarving, cabin-building, hexes, weaving, moonshining and songs)
North by Northwest, the Conversation, Network, The Harder They Come, Rockers, Coal Miner's Daughter, Repo Man, The Power of Myth, Do the Right Thing, The Civil War (Ken Burns), just about anything made by Ken Burns, The Commitments, Brassed Off, The Far Side of the World, The World's Fastest Indian, City of God, Sugar (Dominican minor league pitcher movie), the Fantastic Mr. Fox.
Music: old stuff. classical. old country. old R&B. old reggae & rocksteady. old bluegrass and old time. old jazz. old punk rock. hip hop before 1997. old reels and jigs and ditties from Ireland, KY, NC, WV, the Caribbean, Russia, the Balkans, Mexico, Middle East. old songs about war and shipwrecks and disease and false lovers and fistfights and murder and croaking and imbibery. some new stuff (dancehall and R&B). marches. national anthems. sea shanties and work songs. pipe and drum corps. Buddy Rich and them typa dudes, hurdy-gurdies. gongs. bored yet?
Food: Mexican. Ethiopian. Vietnamese. Generally, most foreign kindsa food. No white creamy stuff.