About Nemo Nox

About

I was born in Brazil, in the city of Santos, home to the biggest seaport in Latin America and the largest beachfront garden in the world. I have lived in several cities in three continents, among them Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Porto Alegre, Madrid, Lisbon, London, Miami Beach, Washington, and Baltimore. I enjoy movies, books, music, visual arts, graphic novels, television series, computer games, sushi, earl grey, bourbon whiskey, red wine, chocolate, skepticism, intelligent conversation, and creative idleness.

Favorites

I’m often asked for recommendations on books, movies, and other things. So here are some lists with a few works and authors that I appreciate. It doesn’t cover everything but it may give you a sense of the kind of things I enjoy.

Books: Isaac Asimov, Paul Auster, Jorge Luis Borges, Ray Bradbury, Charles Bukowski, Italo Calvino, Miguel de Cervantes, Michael ChabonRaymond Chandler, Arthur ClarkeJoseph Conrad, Julio Cortazar, Philip Dick, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Conan Doyle, Alexander Dumas, Umberto Eco, Rubem FonsecaWilliam Gibson, Dashiell Hammett, Robert Heinlein, Patricia Highsmith, Franz Kafka, Jack Kerouac, Stanislaw LemH.P. Lovecraft, Ross MacdonaldMachado de Assis, G.R.R. Martin, Herman Melville, Henry Miller, Haruki MurakamiArturo Perez-Reverte, Edgar Allan Poe, J.D. Salinger, Georges Simenon, Somerset Maugham, R.L. Stevenson, J.R.R. Tolkien, Jim ThompsonMark Twain, Erico VerissimoJules Verne, Enrique Vila-MatasKurt Vonnegut, Oscar Wilde, H.G. Wells, Manuel Bandeira, Charles Baudelaire, Fernando Pessoa, Mario QuintanaWalt Whitman.

MoviesLa Regle du Jeu (Jean Renoir, 1939), Citizen Kane (Orson Welles, 1941), Casablanca (Michael Curtiz, 1942), Laura (Otto Preminger, 1944), Les Enfants du Paradis (Marcel Carné, 1945), All About Eve (Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1950), Sunset Boulevard (Billy Wilder, 1950), The Third Man (Carol Reed, 1950), Rear Window (Alfred Hitchcock, 1954), Wild Strawberries (Ingmar Bergman, 1957), La Dolce Vita (Federico Fellini, 1960), El Angel Exterminador (Luis Buñuel, 1962), Rosemary’s Baby (Roman Polanski, 1968), Planet of the Apes (Franklin J. Schaffner, 1968), Z (Costa-Gavras, 1969), The Godfather (Francis Ford Coppola, 1972), Young Frankenstein (Mel Brooks, 1974), Dersu Uzala (Akira Kurosawa, 1975), The Man Who Would Be King (John Huston, 1975), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Milos Forman, 1975), All That Jazz (Bob Fosse, 1979), Life of Brian (Terry Jones, 1979), Raiders of the Lost Ark (Steven Spielberg, 1981), Body Heat (Lawrence Kasdan, 1981), S.O.B. (Blake Edwards, 1981), Blade Runner (Ridley Scott, 1982), Storia di Ordinaria Follia (Marco Ferreri, 1982), Conan the Barbarian (John Milius, 1982), The Terminator (James Cameron, 1984), Body Double (Brian De Palma, 1984), After Hours (Martin Scorsese, 1985), The Sacrifice (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1986), The Decline of the American Empire (Denys Arcand, 1986), House of Games (David Mamet, 1987), Die Hard (John McTiernan, 1988), Mujeres al Borde de un Ataque de Nervios (Pedro Almodóvar, 1988), Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (Tom Stoppard, 1990), Misery (Rob Reiner, 1990), Delicatessen (Marc Caro & Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 1991), Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino, 1994), Seven (David Fincher, 1995), The Usual Suspects (Bryan Singer, 1995), Twelve Monkeys (Terry Gilliam, 1995), Crash (David Cronenberg, 1996), Fargo (Joel Coen, 1996), Contact (Robert Zemeckis, 1997), The Matrix (Andy Wachowski & Larry Wachowski, 1999), Being John Malkovich (Spike Jonze, 1999), Memento (Christopher Nolan, 2000), Spirited Away (Hayao Miyazaki, 2001), The Lord of the Rings (Peter Jackson, 2001/2003), The Ring (Gore Verbinski, 2002), Lost in Translation (Sofia Coppola, 2003), Crash (Paul Haggis, 2004), Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Michel Gondry, 2004), House of Flying Daggers (Zhang Yimou, 2004), Match Point (Woody Allen, 2005), Synecdoche, New York (Charlie Kaufman, 2008), About Time (Richard Curtis, 2013), Birdman (Alejandro Iñarritu, 2014)

Music: Keith Jarrett, John Coltrane, Chet Baker, Dexter Gordon, Dave Brubeck, McCoy Tyner, Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, Coleman Hawkins, Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz, Wynton Marsalis, Ahmad Jamal, Lynne Arriale, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, B.B. King, Howling Wolf, John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson, Sonny Boy Williamson, Eric ClaptonWho, Rolling Stones, Beatles, Clash, Doors, Pink Floyd, Ramones, Velvet Underground, Blondie, David Bowie, Eurythmics, Joe Cocker, Tom Waits, Prince, Talking Heads, Offspring, Cake, Kraftwerk, Michael Nyman, Philip Glass, Penguin Cafe Orchestra, Rick WakemanBach, Bartok, Beethoven, Berlioz, Chopin, Dvorak, Holst, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Mussorgsky, Orff, Paganini, Ravel, Satie, Scarlatti, Shostakovich, Stravinsky, Vivaldi, Ysaye.

Painting: Bosch, Botticelli, Calder, Canaletto, Cornell, Dalí, GiacomettiHokusai, Hopper, Klimt, Lichtenstein, Magritte, Miró, Moore, O’Keeffe, Picasso, Rembrandt, Turner, Van Gogh, Velazquez, Vermeer.

Photography: Edward Weston, Imogen Cunningham, Herbert List, Ansel Adams, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Elliott Erwitt, Vivian Maier, Ernst Haas, Diane Arbus, Helmut Newton, Joel-Peter Witkin.

TV showsGame of ThronesThe Walking DeadBreaking BadMad Men, House of CardsTreme, House, L.A. LawNYPD BlueThe Wire, The Shield, Star Trek, Stargate, Firefly, Fringe, Twin Peaks, The Twilight Zone, How I Met Your Mother, Seinfeld.

Graphic narrative: Preacher, Transmetropolitan, Watchmen, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Y: The Last ManCorto Maltese, Tintin, Blake and Mortimer, The Towers of Bois-Maury, BlueberryUsagi Yojimbo, Asterix, Calvin and Hobbes, Pearls Before Swine.

Theater: Samuel Beckett, Eugene Ionesco, Luigi Pirandello, Tom Stoppard, Edward Albee, Tracy Letts.

Food: Japanese, Spanish, Mexican, Italian, Brazilian, Portuguese, French.