things I like

– in general:
Sleep. Plenty of sleep.

Clean T-shirts. Lots of clean T-shirts.

Good, wholesome fun.

art, architecture, urban design, music, reading, creative writing, biking, cleaning, gardening, walking my dog Gilbert, museums, pro basketball, model railroads, sleeping, old stuff – mid-century modernism, 1950s and 60s stuff, scrap metal, little baby ducks, almost anything imaginative and different.

–  Favorite authors, influences:

Anyone interesting, imaginative, and concise. Anyone who makes you think.

Mostly I like short stories as they get to the point quickly.

I like strange or absurd adventures that are well crafted and have a meaning to them, and sci fi as it offers ideas –

Older writers:

Donald Barthelme, J.D. Salinger, Richard Brautigan, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., Charles Bukowski, Franz Kafka, Leonard Michaels (murderers), Jayne Anne Phillips, Robert Coover, Samuel Beckett, Mark Twain, James Thurber, Antoine de Saint Exupery (the little prince), Dr. Seuss (cool illustrations), Roald Dahl, Steve Martin (cruel shoes), W.P. Kinsella (the alligator report), Jim Heynen (the man who kept cigars in his cap), Don Delillo.

Contemporary writers:

Barry Yourgrau, Mark Leyner, Adrienne Clasky (from the floodlands), Lydia Davis (Samuel Johnson is indignant), Etgar Keret, Stacey Richter, George Singleton, James Tate (Return to the city of white donkeys), Thom Jones, Italo Calvino, Stephen-Paul Martin, Will Self, Denis Johnson (Jesus’ son), David Gilbert (I shot the hairdresser), David Sedaris, Paul Di Filippo.

Bizarro authors:

D. Harlan Wilson, Andersen Prunty, Carlton Mellick.

Science fiction from the 40s, 50s, and 60s:

Rod Serling, L. Sprague De Camp, Ray Bradbury, Phillip K. Dick, Aurthur C. Clarke, Isaac Asimov, Charles Beaumont, Ursula K. Le Guin, Douglas Adams, etc.

Non-Fiction:

History, Sports, Biographies (Wyatt Earp), Art, Music, Movies, UFOs, Railroads.

– Music:

new wave, punk, hard rock and metal before 1984, jazz, lounge music, psychedelic, alternative rock, rootsy stuff, 1970’s pop, garage rock, folk, classical, rockabilly, classic country, old gospel, and blues. In that order.

I like a variety, why limit yourself? My favorite album would probably be The Jesus and Mary Chain’s “phsycho candy”, or just about anything by The Clash, Minor Threat, Naked Raygun, The Replacements, Husker Du, Galaxy 500, Baby Astronauts, Flamin’ Oh’s, Gear Daddies, Jody Foster’s Army, The Circle Jerks, Stiff Little Fingers, Frank Sinatra, Johnny Cash, Tim Buckley, Judy Collins, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, old Dionne Warwick, Gram Parsons, Nick Drake, Budgie.

– Movies:

Older:

West Side Story, Some Came Running, It’s a mad mad mad mad world, The day the earth stood still, What’s up doc, Silent running, Harold and Maude, Slap shot, Meatballs, The seven voyages of sinbad, Jason and the argonauts, old monster movies – (jack arnold type stuff).

Contemporary:

Another State of Mind, Say Anything, S.L.C. Punk, Big Fish, Almost Famous, Men in black, Dazed and Confused, Contact, Suburbia, The Princes Bride, Fast times at Ridgemont high, Better off dead, Hoisers, The Natural, Pump up the volume, Matewan, Dark City, Grosse point blank. (so again, a little bit of everything – mostly anything imaginative, and some of the basic stuff)

– Television:

I’m not a big television person, although I do watch Jerico, 60 minutes, The American Experience, American Masters, Law and Order, House, The Simpsons, Fringe, Mad Men.

Reruns I watch include: The Twilight Zone, Malcom in the middle, WKRP in Cinncinnatti, Seinfeld, News Radio, The Munsters, The Addams Family, The Brady bunch, old Disney stuff, Flintstones (dopey stuff like that).

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I like evocative music. For some reason I gain a lot of inspiration from music, and art, though I don’t know why or what they have to do with story craft. I guess the imagery gets me thinking.

Though I’ve also probably been influenced by television and movies – absurd satire and recent sci-fi – more than I realize – everything from Saturday Night Live, Benny Hill, Monty Python, thirty rock, seinfeld, to the X-files, fringe, etc.

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