Things I Love

FAVORITE BOOKS

Ulysses (James Joyce)

Their Eyes Were Watching God (Zora Neale Hurston)

Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)

Another Country (James Baldwin)

Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Benjamin Alire Saenz)

War With The Newts (Karel Capek)

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Stephen Chbosky)

Something Wicked This Way Comes (Ray Bradbury)

Alif the Unseen (G. Willow Wilson)

Eichmann in Jerusalem (Hannah Arendt)

The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins)

The Autobiography of Malcolm X (Malcolm X and Alex Haley)

Macbeth (William Shakespeare)

Count Zero  (William Gibson)

His Dark Materials (Philip Pullman)

Pattern Recognition (William Gibson)

The Devil’s Playground (Nan Goldin)

I Am Legend (Richard Matheson)

Stories of Your Life and Others (Ted Chiang)

The Chocolate War (Richard Cormier)

Solaris (Stanislaus Lem)

Mrs. Dalloway (Virginia Woolf)

Civilization and Its Discontents (Sigmund Freud)

Grendel (John Gardner)

To The Lighthouse (Virginia Woolf)

Anno Dracula (Kim Newman)

Before Night Falls (Reinaldo Arenas)

Mind of My Mind (Octavia Butler)

Anna Karenina (Leo Tolstoy)

Perfume (Patrick Suskind)

A Room of One’s Own (Virginia Woolf)

Death and the Maiden (Ariel Dorfman)

Refresh, Refresh (Benjamin Percy)

On Photography (Susan Sontag)

Edinburgh (Alexander Chee)

Closer (Dennis Cooper)

A Separate Peace (John Knowles)

The Annunciation (Ellen Gilchrist)

Glamorama (Bret Easton Ellis)

Lolita (Vladimir Nabokov)

The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)

Just Above My Head (James Baldwin)

Four Quartets (T.S. Eliot)

The Swimming-Pool Library (Alan Hollinghurst)

Life Drawing (Michael Grumley)

Blues Legacies and Black Feminism (Angela Davis)

Naked Lunch (William S. Burroughs)

The Brothers Karamazov (Fyodor Dostoevsky)

The Man in the High Castle (Philip K. Dick)

Red Cavalry (Isaac Babel)

Hopscotch (Julio Cortazar)

Hope Against Hope (Nadezhda Mandelstam)

Querelle of Brest (Jean Genet)

FAVORITE MOVIES

Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock)

Ivan the Terrible (Sergei Eisenstein)

All About Eve (Joseph L. Mankiewicz)

Ninotchka (Ernst Lubitsch)

Happy Together (Wong Kar Wai)

Where Is My Friend’s House? (Abbas Kiarostami)

The Big Heat (Fritz Lang)

The Ice Storm (Ang Lee)

King Kong (Schoedsack & Cooper)

Candyman (Bernard Rose)

Citizen Kane (Orson Welles)

Alien (Ridley Scott)

The Scarlet Empress (Josef von Sternberg)

Grand Illusion (Jean Renoir)

M (Fritz Lang)

The Searchers (John Ford)

Once Upon A Time In The West (Sergio Leone)

Andrei Rublev (Andrei Tarkovsky)

Tokyo Story (Yasujiro Ozu)

Bamboozled (Spike Lee)

The Passion of Joan of Arc (Carl Theodore Dreyer)

The Gospel According to Matthew (Pier Paolo Pasolini)

I Am Cuba (Mikhail Kalatozov)

Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)

Knife in the Water (Roman Polanski)

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FAVORITE SONGS

I Want to Dance With Somebody (Whitney Houston)

Like a Prayer (Madonna)
You’ve Really Got A Hold On Me (Smokey Robinson)
La Vie En Rose (Grace Jones)
The Passenger (Iggy Pop)
The Long Black Veil (Johnny Cash)
Like A Virgin (Madonna)
La Vie En Rose (Edith Piaf)
The Silver-Tongued Devil and I (Kris Kristofferson)
Ups and Downs (Saves the Day)
Dance, Dance (Fall Out Boy)
I Will Survive (Gloria Gaynor)
Holiday in Cambodia (Dead Kennedys)
Slip Away (Clarence Carter)
When You Were Young (The Killers)
Secret Meeting (The National)
Bombs over Baghdad (Outkast)
Good Good Things (The Descendents)
Angel Gone (Beat Happening)
Master of Puppets (Metallica)
That’s How Strong My Love Is (Otis Redding)
He’s Sure The Boy I Love (The Crystals)
These Arms of Mine (Otis Redding)
He’s A Rebel (The Crystals)
Full Disclosure (Fugazi)
Letter to Memphis (The Pixies)
Monkey Gone To Heaven (The Pixies)
By Your Side (Sade)
All I’m Losing Is Me (Saves the Day)
Float On (Modest Mouse)
Thousands are Sailing (The Pogues)
Tell Yourself (Natalie Merchant)
A Change Is Gonna Come (Sam Cooke)
Man in Black (Johnny Cash)
Ain’t That News? (Sam Cooke)
Field Day for the Sundays (Wire)
Straight to Hell (The Clash)
Garageland (The Clash)
Hateful (The Clash)
Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge on Seattle (Nirvana)
I Would Rather Go Blind (Etta James)
American Jesus (Bad Religion)
Play With Fire (Rolling Stones)
Bodies (Sex Pistols)
China Girl (David Bowie)
How the West was Won and Where it Got Us (REM)
Don’t Go Back to Rockville (REM)
The Good Life (Weezer)
No One Else (Weezer)
Atomic (Blondie)
Call Me (Blondie)
Gimme the Car (Violent Femmes)
Hanging On the Telephone (Blondie)
Please Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood (Nina Simone)
House of the Rising Sun (The Animals)
Hallelujah (Jeff Buckley)
Don Giovanni Overture (Mozart)
Fuck and Run (Liz Phair)
To Bring You My Love (PJ Harvey)
St James Infirmary (Perez Prados)
Commissioning A Symphony In C (Cake)

FAVORITE VIDEO GAMES

Mega Man 3 (NES)
Castlevania 3 (NES)
Mega Man 2 (NES)
Mega Man Z4 (Game Boy Advance)
Super Metroid (Super Nintendo)
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (PlayStation, PSP)
Castlevania: Circles of the Moon (Game Boy Advance)
Ninja Gaiden 2 (NES)
Double Dragon 2 (NES)
Zanac (NES)
Ninja Gaiden (NES)
The Castlevania Adventure 2: Belmont’s Revenge (Game Boy)
Castlevania: Bloodlines (Sega Genesis)
Metroid: Zero Mission (Game Boy Advance)
Final Fantasy Adventure (Game Boy)
Metroid Fusion (Game Boy Advance)
Golden Axe (Arcade)
Metroid 2: Return of Samus (Game Boy)
Dragon Warrior 3 (NES)

FAVORITE POETS

Adrienne Rich
Sharon Olds
Osip Mandelstam
Langston Hughes
Adam Zagajewski
Seamus Heaney
Anna Akhmatova
Yusef Komunyakaa
T.S. Eliot
Galway Kinnell
Audre Lorde
William Carlos Williams
Federico Garcia Lorca
June Jordan
Kenneth Rexroth (’s translations from Chinese and Japanese)
Joseph Brodsky
William Shakespeare
Vladimir Mayakovsky

Bunny rabbits look cute, but they desire nothing but our destruction.