I'm the author of "The Bush-Hater's Handbook"; "Bushit: An A-Z Guide to the Bush Attack on Truth, Justice, Equality, and the American Way"; and the forthcoming "101 People Who Are REALLY Screwing Up America (And Bernard Goldberg is Only #73)," a repsonse to conservative Goldberg's ridiculous "100 People Who Are Screwing Up America (And Al Franken is #37)--all published by Nation Books, and all of which I swear to promote with every means and all the strength at my disposal. In past decades, I've been an architect (OK, a lowly staffer with an architect's degree), cartoonist, illustrator, freelance editor, newspaper reporter, and stock trader. I, sir, am a dilettante. I live in New York City.
Friedrich Nietzsche (SO nasty), Arthur Schopenhauer, Kubrick, Huston, Ford, Hawks, Polanski, Lumet, Nichols, Scorcese, Ritt, Hill (George Roy), Penn (Arthur), Blake (Edwards), I mean, Edwards (Blake), Pontecorvo, Bergman, Coen Brothers, Mike Leigh, animation, hockey (Montreal Canadiens, my original hometown team), Kingsley Amis, Anthony Burgess, Phillip Larkin (certain preponderence of misogynistic old farts here), Robert Graves, ancient Greece and Rome, psychohistory, Freud, A.J.P. Taylor, the origin of the universe, relativity theory, Arthur Eddington, Erwin Schrodinger, Richard Dawkins, architecture, the stock market, Balzac, Hardy, Alfred Jarry, A. Camus, Shakespeare, Stoppard, Pinter, Alan Bennett, Steven Colbert, Bill Maher, Christopher Hitchens (with grave reservations), Kinky Friedman, Sarah Silverman, The New York Review of Books, The New Republic, The Nation, American Prospect, the Onion, Molly Ivins, Arianna Huffington, history and geography of languages, deciding if I approve of modernity, 1960s French pop, Serge Gainsbourg, Nellie McKay, They Might Be Giants, Zappa, Oliver Nelson, Horace Silver, Lambert Hendricks & Ross, Cal Tjader, Tito Puente, Sarah Vaughan, Nancy Wilson, any great covers, Varttina, Guided By Voices, Mood Elevator, New Pornographers, I Am Kloot, Elysian Fields, the Clientele, Joni Mitchell, The Band, Lovin' Spoonful, XTC, Stranglers, Blur, Steely Dan, the Pierces, Polly Paulusma, bluegrass, Brazilian, Swan Silvertones, Birmingham Jubilee Singers, Bill Landford & the Landfordaires, Howlin' Wolf, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGee, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Esther Phillips, Balkans folk (Mysteres etc.), Barry Sisters, Theodore Bikel singing Yiddish, Russian, and Rumanian, Chopin, French Impressionist and -post, Beethoven's 6th (terrible taste, no?), Wagner overtures, Paul Brady, Billy Bragg, Bill Withers, Al Green, Les Nubians, Zap Mama, Tabu Ley Rochereau, Sly Stone, Supremes, Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose, Wilson Pickett...but it's all really song by song.... Don't even get me started on beautiful actresses.