I'm just a man who, very imperfectly, wants to love and serve God and others. Ok, not only that: I'm also a book, film, and music freak with virtually unclassifiable tastes!
(I apologize for using "I" so much below, but this is "About Me," so here goes:)
Insofar as movies, I lean toward European and Asian cinema and smaller American films. I admire the intelligence and verbal articulation (although not, in every case, the political positions) of William F. Buckley. I enjoy some of the films of Jean-Luc Godard. Ingmar Bergman is my favorite director, although my spiritual beliefs are as far from his as can be imagined. I love the Canadian "hipster-rock" perennials, Broken Social Scene-- and Steve Perry-era Journey. I like some "noise-rock," and the classical works of Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Brahms, and many more. My most beloved vocalist, in any genre of music, is Nina Simone (with Frank Sinatra a close second). Gil Scott-Heron's voice (especially in the '70s and '80s) is an expressive thing of wonder. I enjoy being challenged by books and films which play with form and linear narrative, though I also very much appreciate a straight-forward story. I hate much of modern art for its soulless (and not-very-creative) celebration of nihilism. I'm also deeply intrigued by the paintings of Francis Bacon, an openly nihilistic 20-century painter. I treasure the works of my two favorite 20th-century writers of fiction (and practicing Catholics), Flannery O'Connor and Walker Percy. I can also see the worth in some of the better work of the notorious "barfly" poet and novelist, Charles Bukowski (as much as I deplore his unashamed celebration of self-destruction and depravity). I "lean" conservative in my political views, but I am often ashamed of the Republican Party in the United States.
I have a degree in English and a physical disability. If you want to know about my work situation and have about an hour, ask me. I am a Catholic "convert/revert" (with much appreciation for my years in evangelical and Reformed Protestantism!) who believes the Bible to be true but not a scientific textbook. God bless you, and thank you for reading!