William Boyd - a terrific novelist - I have especially enjoyed, 'Brazaville Beach,' 'Restless,' and, 'Blue Afternoon.'
Weird Al Yankovic in Albany Palace Theatre July 11 2015>>>oh my gosh I just saw this in Albany and it was so awesome I was crying and fangirling and hyperventilating all the way home
Richard Zimler - loved the Sephardic cycle, 'The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon,' 'Hunting Midnight,' and, 'Guardian of the Dawn,' but also his wonderful novel, 'The Seventh Gate,' set in Berlin in the years leading up to the war.
Sharon Olds writes poems that amaze me, warm me, and sometimes chill me. THIRTY of them at the link!
Philip Roth - a great novelist - especially, 'The Plot Against America.'