• The East Mediterranean
  • The Beatles
  • The HaIvrim documentary series
  • “I Scare Myself” by Dan Hicks (1969)
  • Semitic morphology
  • Spanish guitar
  • John and Alice Coltrane
  • The Church of Saint John Coltrane
  • Bus rides
  • The Sopranos
  • Qawwali
  • Bossa nova
  • Ethiopian jazz
  • Hard psychedelia
  • Liturgical poetry
  • “Lysergic Acid” by Allen Ginsberg (1959)
  • Vampire Weekend (2008) and Teen Dream (2010)
  • Extreme cold
  • Extreme heat
  • Hiking in the Andes and the Himalayas
  • Istanbul, Jerusalem, Kathmandu, Beirut, and San Francisco
  • Cordoba, Granada, and Coimbra
  • Vermont and Maine
  • Fourfold negation
  • Halls of mirrors
  • Dr. Bronner’s
  • Peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, and garlic
  • Arak and red wine
  • Jewish and ancient Near Eastern history; Canaanism
  • The Flight of the Garuda
  • Sheb i-Arus in Konya; the sound of Persian
  • Solid-colored button-down shirts, 1/4-unbuttoned
  • Sailing Narragansett Bay
  • Predictive processing
  • The human population genomics/linguistics/archaeology synthesis
  • Levantine and Arabian epigraphic incantations
  • Old-world cafés and simple coffee
  • Be Here Now 
  • Joseph Campbell
  • Terence McKenna
  • Text as illustration
  • Nikolay Rainov
  • Clarice Lispector
  • Caetano Veloso
  • Hauling stuff
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • “Lord Get Me High” by Shlomo Carlebach
  • Code-switching
  • Ottoman mosques, Orthodox icons, and Aleppo pizmonim
  • Talking my way out of trouble
  • Good Urbanism
  • Language education
  • “The fluid mode”
  • Evolved systems
  • “Night and Day” by Cole Porter -> Everything But The Girl
  • Produce markets
  • Thesis/antithesis/synthesis
  • Gary Shteyngart
  • Decentralization
  • Inglourious Basterds
  • Good enunciation…