What are you reading?
Lately, I’ve gravitated toward readings I can finish in a sitting or two, and my tastes are all over the literary map. Sitting on my bedside table at the moment is Voices in the Night, a collection of short stories by Steven Millhauser; Sick in the Head, conversations about comedy by Judd Apatow; Laugh Lines, an assortment of comedic plays, and The Day the Crayons Quit, a children’s book by Drew Daywalt that’s a favorite of one of my sons.
What are you listening to?
Call me old fashioned, but I listen to the radio. In the morning, I vacillate between “The Break Room” on WCMF 96.5 FM and “Morning Edition” on WXXI 1370 AM. My musical appetite is pretty much limited to rock and roll. For that I mostly tune to WFKL 93.3 FM (Tag line: “We Play Everything!”). I tried for a while to get into classical music. I really, really did. I envisioned myself listening to Debussy at dinner and wowing my guests with my vast knowledge of his work. I even turned to books with pitiful titles like, Understanding Classical Music and The Idiot’s Guide to Classical Music. It was useless. My dinner music is Bruce Springsteen.
What is the last album or song you downloaded?
What’s a download? Seriously, though, I’ve never downloaded an album or song. I don’t need or want my own soundtrack. I enjoy the surprise of the radio. There’s something nostalgic about flipping the stations in search of a song, or having the right song play at the right time at the hand of a disc jockey. I do, however, have the iHeartRadio app on my phone.
Do you have a favorite podcast?
“This American Life,” hands-down, bar-none.
What are you currently watching on TV?
I mostly watch movies. I never got hooked on serial dramas. All the serials – “The Sopranos,” “Lost,” “Mad Men,” “Breaking Bad,” “House of Cards” – never appealed to me. I did enjoy sitcoms, but the good ones are few and far between nowadays. My go-to guilty pleasure on television is the History Channel’s “Pawn Stars.” Don’t ask me why. Maybe it’s the collector and history major in me.
What was the last movie you saw?
That’s a tricky one because what you really want to know is the last movie I saw in the theater. But the last movie for which I bought a ticket in the theater was “The Peanuts Movie” and I promptly fell asleep. Don’t tell my children. When they asked me my favorite part after the show, I made an educated guess and lied and told them the part where Lucy yanked the football away from Charlie Brown. It worked. So, to answer your question, the last movie I saw in the theater was “Spotlight,” about the Boston Globe’s investigative reporting on the Catholic Church.
Who are you following on Twitter?
The echo chamber of journalists. For relief, I turn to Steve Martin (@SteveMartinToGo), Albert Brooks (@AlbertBrooks), The Onion (@TheOnion) and, my favorite, God (@TheTweetOfGod). God only follows Justin Bieber.
How do you spend your Sundays?
These days? In a freezing hockey rink somewhere in a 100-mile radius of Rochester, where I watch my kids play hockey while I freeze my ass off and complain about freezing my ass off with other parents who are freezing their asses off. Did I mention it’s freezing in those rinks?