Kamala Harris is California`s attorney general and the first woman of African and South Asian descent to serve in that position. She recently wrested $18 billion from financial institutions accused of mortgage misdeeds for her state`s beleaguered homeowners
READING “Confidence Men: Wall Street, Washington, and the Education of a President” by Ron Suskind. It’s interesting to read about major events from a behind-the-scenes perspective. It highlights how much circumstances impact decisions. But circumstances can be temporary, although they may feel at the moment as if they are dispositive or permanent.
¶ I’m also reading Isabel Allende’s “Island Beneath the Sea.” She has a way of getting into the soul of her characters and doing it in the context of real-life events. I can’t put it down.
¶ And then I’m always reading cookbooks. I have loved to cook since I was a child in my mother’s kitchen. If I don’t have time to cook, I’ll just read a cookbook. One of my favorites is Alice Waters’s “Art of Simple Food.”
¶WATCHING I recently had jury duty. I love being in a courtroom. I feel like a painter looking at a blank canvas. I miss being able to try cases. I got excused with the first bunch, so I didn’t get to watch very much.
¶ As far as movies, I loved “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” which was partly filmed in San Francisco. It’s a metaphor for the relationships between different species and what those interactions can look like if they are based on primal urges and priorities versus more advanced and evolved behavior. It does a great job of trying to dismantle Darwinian notions of superiority and inferiority in a metaphorical way.
¶LISTENING Melinda Lee’s radio show, Food News, on KNX in Los Angeles. She talks a lot about seasonal and local foods. I actually called her once while I was in the car campaigning to get her recipe for brining — she uses apple juice.
¶ I love music. I think I have every piece of music Bob Marley ever made. And Miriam Makeba, she’s fabulous. She’s African, and she’s got this full, soulful voice. And at the end of a long day, one of my favorite albums is Miles Davis’s “Sketches of Spain.”