I like to take pictures, especially historic architecture such as old villages in China, and cities at night. At my separate photography site, you can see my favorites, pictures of the sunrise at HKUST, my favorite photos of Hong Kong or browse my galleries. Recently I have been visiting Guangdong and Shanxi more often, and taking pictures. I have older collections of photos from Shanghai and Beijing. I have also been spending time in Wuhan.
I also like to read mystery novels. Lately my favorite authors have been Karen Fossum, Arnaldur Indriðason, Denise Mina, Qiu Xiaolong and Leif G. W. Persson. I also like the Sueño and Bascom novels by Martin Limón. I have been a longtime fan of the Bernie Gunther novels by Philip Kerr. Aside from mysteries, I like Thomas Pynchon novels and have read all of them. My own favorite is Against The Day. I also like reading biographies of major American political figures.
As for music, I like listening to jazz, late nineteenth and early twentieth century classical, and alternative and electronic music. For jazz, I especially like piano trios. My favorites right now are the Brad Mehldau Trio, Bill Charlap’s trios, Jason Moran Trio, Vijay Iyer Trio, the Keith Jarrett Standards Trio, the Bad Plus, and the Fred Hirsch Trio. For classical, I like late 19th century and early and mid 20th century composers, including Fauré, Satie, Bridge, Scott, Shostakovitch and their contemporaries. Finally, for alternative and electronic music, I like Caribou, Four Tet, Skyphone, Christopher Willits, Taylor Deupree, loscil, The Field, Monolake and Robert Henke’s other projects. I buy a great deal of music, probably more than I should, at Bandcamp, and I welcome you to check out my profile there .