I am a novelist and poet. I spend most of my time in Burbank, Glendale, and Pasadena in California. I usually read three or four books at a time (some audiobooks, some Kindle, but most in print). I have bookmarks in a couple dozen more.
It would take days to mention all the authors I enjoy reading, but any list of my favorites would include Langston Hughes, John Steinbeck, Craig Johnson, Sue Grafton, Naomi Hirahara, Gayle Lynds, Barry Eisler, Gary Snyder, Kurt Vonnegut, Robert Frost, Ross MacDonald (pseudonym of Kenneth Millar), Philip K. Dick, Robert Ludlum, Neal Stephenson, and Tony Hillerman.
A few recommended novels: The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith (first published under the pseudonym Claire Morgan); The Cold Dish by Craig Johnson; The Help by Kathryn Stockett; The Paris Wife by Paula McLain; Sailor by Tom Epperson; The Master of Go by Yasunari Kawabata; Babel-17 by Samuel R. Delany; First Blood by David Morrell; A Clean Kill in Tokyo by Barry Eisler (first published as Rain Fall).
A few nonfiction reccos: Travels with Charlie by John Steinbeck, Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond; Breaking and Entering: Women Cops Talk About Life in the Ultimate Men’s Club by Connie Fletcher; The Heart and the Fist: The education of a humanitarian; the making of a Navy SEAL by Eric Greitens; I Wonder As I Wander by Langston Hughes.
I used to wrestle, run 10Ks, fence sabre, rock climb, and play tournament chess. Now I practice much less yoga than I used to, sometimes run up hills (only up) with my dog, and grow vegetables.
A few of my favorite films are Moscow On The Hudson, The Princess Bride, You’ve Got Mail, Seven Samurai, and Blade Runner. I like The Wedding Planner, Jenny’s Wedding, and Four Weddings and A Funeral. I’m fond of holiday films such as Love Actually, The Holiday, The Long Kiss Goodnight and Die Hard. Also While You Were Sleeping, which covers several holidays, all ruined.