Favorite bands :
In no particular order: Radiohead, Ryan Adams (& The Cardinals), Smashing Pumpkins, Sigur Ros, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, B.B. King, Ben Folds (Five), Jimi Hendrix (Experience), Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Neil Young, Coldplay, David Gray, Stevie Ray Vaughan (& Double Trouble), Elbow, Eric Clapton, Warren Zevon, Jeff Buckley, Led Zeppelin, Dire Straits, The Killers, Pearl Jam, Pink Floyd, Queen, REM, Spacehog, Stone Temple Pilots, The Flaming Lips, The Sex Pistols, The Who, Tom Waits, U2, Van Morrison, Whiskeytown.
Favorite guitarists :
Again, no particular order:
Jimi Hendrix, David Gilmour, Paul Simon, Mark Knopfler, Billy Corgan, B.B. King, Jonny Greenwood, SRV, Joe Perry, Steve Vai.
Favorite books :
Lions of Al Rassan and The Sarantine Mosaic by Guy Gavriel Kay; A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin; Neverwhere, American Gods, and The Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman; The Vlad Taltos series by Steven Brust; Memories of Ice by Steven Erikson; Mort and Going Postal by Terry Pratchett; Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, A Long Dark Teatime of the Soul, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and The Resturant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams; My Great Predecessors, Part IV: Fischer by Garry Kasparov.