Kevin's Lists of Favorite Things
Here are some lists of things that I like. As you can see, some of the lists are
more complete than others.
Kevin's Favorite Books
- Imagologies: Media Philosophy by Esa Saarinen and Mark
- A fascinating exploration of technology, philosophy, and
culture. You could describe this book as narrative of two
philosophy professors setting up a joint seminar for graduate
students in the U.S. and Finland using live videoconferencing,
but that would strip the book of everything that makes it great.
- Goedel, Escher, Bach by Douglas Hofstadter
book that is difficult to describe because it is so
interdisciplinary. An exploration of overlapping themes in music,
art, artificial intelligence research, genetics, mathematics, and
many other fields, linked by a series of whimsical dialogues in
the style of Lewis Caroll.
- The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
don't know about you, but this book (as well as Crime and
Punishment) blows me away with its insight and brilliance. A
novel that does far more than merely entertain.
- The Autobiography of Malcolm X as told to Alex Haley
- An enlightening work, which gives Live White Men like myself a glimpse at a
totally alien world
that exists all around us.
- The Language Instinct by Steven Pinker
- The relationship of language to thought and behavior; an analysis of the
primary medium through
which human beings interact with the world around them. And, for good measure, a
debunking those pointless Strunk-and-White-type style rules.
- The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
- A work of surpassing depth and beauty, due in large part to the fact that
Tolkien, an expert on
languages and mythology, spent half a century developing the world in which it is
Kevin's Favorite Coffee Sellers
- Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Peets is probably the best all-around
coffee company in the
country. Big enough to be reasonably priced and convenient, yet small enough to
maintain a high level
- Coffee Connection
- This Boston-area chain has been expanding rapidly, and last year was bought
out by Starbucks. As
a result, the quality and the charm have slipped a bit, but it's still worth
trying, especially for
their Costa Rican La Minita.
- Coffee Anyone?
- A mail-order company that sells coffee over the Internet. I love their San
Francisco Vice blend.
Kevin's Favorite Non-Electronic Periodicals
The New Republic
The New Yorker
Kevin's Favorite Beers
Kevin's Favorite Movies
The Godfather (I & II)
The Princess Bride
Kevin's Favorite Record Albums
Nebraska by Bruce Springsteen
Powaaqatsi by Phillip Glass
Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd
Peter Case by Peter Case
Crossroads by Tracy Chapman
Automatic for the People by REM
Hand on the Torch by US3
Diesel and Dust by Midnight Oil
Strange Angels by Laurie Anderson
New York by Lou Reed
Copyright © 1995, 1996 by Kevin Werbach. Last updated
January 5, 1996.