Things We Love: Dylan Taylor-Lehman’s picks

From the July 31, 2014 edition

Franz Kafka

I have a portrait of him tattooed on my bicep, and I’ve gone to his birthplace. His writing is strange and somewhat surreal. One of my favorite [Kafka] stories is about a teacher who finds a giant mole and how the people react to it (“The Village Schoolmaster”). On my trip, I wanted to go to California because of a professor who is writing a biography about [Kafka’s] last lover.

Jonathan Kellerman books on tape

I tend to like corny detective novels because they don’t require a lot of mental investment. My secret love is for Jonathan Kellerman novels and his Dr. Delaware character. I’ve found myself coming back to those books once or twice a year for the last eight years.

Cheap Asian eats

Yau’s on 8th and High has been my go-to spot forever. I’ve also been kind of into Bibibop in Grandview lately. I didn’t even know bibimbap existed until a couple of weeks ago, but it’s really good and for $6 you can get unbelievably full.

It’s basically a website where people tell you that you can crash at their place. You can get feedback and reviews about different people offering their places, so there is some accountability. There are a lot of cities offered on the site, but I’ll have to do some camping on my trip because I’ll be in a lot of obscure places.

Used instruments

I’ve had the same drums for probably 15 years. They look well-worn. I don’t even know what brand they are. Same goes for my guitar — it’s a great guitar that’s technically not even mine.