Spry, durable, kind, versatile, honest, grateful.
"Harmony, balance, rhythm. That's what life's about."
- George Pocock
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:
North by Northwest, the Conversation, Network, The Harder They Come, Rockers, Coal Miner's Daughter, Repo Man, Joseph Campbell and 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: highly specific, but a little of everything. old stuff. classical. old country. old R&B. old reggae & rocksteady. old bluegrass and old time. jazz before it became gobbledygook. old punk rock. hip hop before 1997. old reels and jigs and ditties from Ireland, Cape Breton, 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). I try to be conscious of Top-40 to understand the brains of my students. marches. national anthems. sea shanties. 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. I'll try anything, but I hate white creamy stuff with a burning zeal.