Manheim / US
member since 20.12.2008
I like the overstatement of Victorian architecture and design, the unrestrained hand of Impressionism, the effervescent taste of champagne and the honesty of bluegrass music. I like listening to National Public Radio, especially the human interest or arts story at the end of the broadcast.
I believe in clean water, social liberalism and the superiority of Macintosh computers (especially with OS X and the Unix kernel at its core). I believe that Love sometimes means that you DO have to say you are sorry. I believe in love at first sight, the value of eastern thought and that men actually DID walk on the moon. I still don't believe that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone and yes, I think the Warren Commission lied or were very cleverly misled.
Some of my favorite books would include: Tom Jones by Henry Fielding, Catch-22 by Joseph Heller, Lolita by Vladimir Nabakov, Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut, The Kandy-Colored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby, the Electric Kool Aid Acid Test, and The Right Stuff, by Tom Wolfe. I also like Still Life with Woodpecker and Even Cowgirls Get the Blues by Tom Robbins. Right up there would be Love in the Time of Cholera and One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. I also harken back to The Doors of Perception and Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, Bradbury's Farenheit 451, Heinlein's Stranger in a Stange Land, Ayn Rand's Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged.
As for films, I would include a lot of John Cusack's movies but especially Grosse Pointe Blank, High Fidelity and The Jack Bull. Also Johnny Depp movies like Sleepy Hollow, Edward Scissor Hands, Sweeney Todd and the Pirates of ... series.
I am especially attracted to the offbeat, like Harold and Maude, Perfume: The Story of a Murder, Pushing Tin, Dogma and Falling Down.
I love Franco Zafrelli's Romeo & Juliette, Roman Polanski's Macbeth, Kenneth Branagh's Othello and Much Ado About Nothing. I also love several versions of Midsummer Night's Dream and Liz Taylor & Richard Burton in The Taming of the Shrew (talk about type casting!).
Although I don't agree with Mel Gibson's politics, I love his movies - like The Patriot, Brave Heart and the homage to film noir, Payback. He is good in Conspiracy Theory and of course the Mad Max series.
I continue to enjoy The Grapes of Wrath (come on, let's release it on DVD already), To Kill a Mockingbird and a lot of Alfred Hitchcock's films (as close as I get to horror movies).
I really like lots of music and I like to read about it and understand its origins and development through history. I am basically a rock 'n roller at heart. I first fell in love with music as a child when I would fall asleep to Hank Williams, the Everly Brothers and such, on the radio my parents put in my room.
I guess that is why my love of early rock 'n roll tended toward its country roots and developed toward country rock later in life. Such favorites as The Eagles, Linda Ronstadt, J.D. Souther, Pure Prairie League, John Hiatt, John Prine, etc. became staples in my collection.
But I also became enamored with singer/songwriters in the folk rock idom in the 60's, in part because of their social commentary and in part because singer/songwriters are more closely attached to the emotion of their music. So favorites would include Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne, C,S,N & Y, etc.
But I was also drawn to Jazz/Rock fusion which I first heard in music by Jesse Colin Young and the Youngbloods, Earth, Wind and Fire, Loggins & Messina, Grover Washington, Jr., Weather Report,Chcuck Mangione and Herbie Hancock.
As far as classical is concerned, I love the Baroque and Romantic eras. The almost mathmatical structures of Bach reveal that classical structure doesn't mean sterile. I love Vivaldi's Four Seasons and Beethoven's Pastorale. I am drawn to the raw emotionalism of some of the Russian composers - like Rachmaninov's and Tchaichovsky's Piano Concertos.