Guest Picks: Ian Rankin
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Ian Rankin tells us what he's been listening to and reading lately after a recent appearance on The Leonard Lopate Show.
What have you read or seen lately (book, play, film, etc.) that moved or surprised you?
One Day by David Nichols (novel) – a very clever conceit (wish I’d thought of it!)—but also characters you care about.
What are you listening to right now?
I’m buying a lot of old vinyl: blues, jazz, 60s-70s rock – yesterday in Cambridge, Mass., I bought an Art Pepper LP. I love his stuff.
What’s the last great book you read?
I reread (for the 10th or 11th time) The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (by Muriel Spark) recently. A brilliant, clever, funny, tragic work of art.
What’s one thing you’re a fan of that people might not expect?
The novels of Anthony Powell – he’s often seen as a social snob, an upper class dilettante – I don’t care – I love his books!
What’s your favorite comfort food?
Curry. A nice, spicy chicken dish with plenty of fresh ginger…