Who is your favourite porn star? Mine is Peter Berlin. Even though his films and photographs were not created ‘for’ me (they were obviously made exclusively for a gay male audience) he leaves me breathless. More because I’m obsessed with human beings who become their own unique creation than necessarily because of a penchant for gay porn. Peter Berlin: the name is pure Warhol superstar, the image: pure Tom of Finland.

Watts Towers, located in South Central Los Angeles, near to Compton and the site of the Watts riots of 1965, is a beautiful, poetic, awe-inspiring art work. It took a tiny Italian immigrant (I know he’s tiny because there’s a life-sized photograph of him in the arts centre attached to the site) called Simon (Sam) Rodia 33 years to build the collection of 17 interconnected structures. Having been sent by his parents to America at the tender age of 15 to avoid conscription, Rodia was gripped briefly by alcoholism and then, when he settled in Watts, by a vision to…

Jackson Boxer is a chef and restaurateur with an evangelical dedication to his calling; his attitude to cooking is an extension of his impassioned attitude to really living life, of elevating the simple pleasures and making them memorable. The night before our interview, he broke his foot lugging a piece of architectural salvage around London’s Brunswick House – business headquarters of antique emporium LASSCO since 2005 and home to Boxer’s restaurant for the last four years – but instead of calling off our meeting, he shoves the poor foot on a chair, makes light of it and proceeds to speed-talk…

My favourite cup is from Peter Shire’s Echo Park Pottery. It’s the cup from which I drink that crucial first coffee of the day. It is paint-spattered, tall, thin. It’s beautifully uneven: the surface has the texture of hessian, as though the clay was rolled over rough fabric. I love it. To use a piece crafted by an artist like Shire every day is a thrill. His work blurs the boundaries between fine art and industrial design, and ranges from public sculpture to teapots. He is perhaps best known for his work with the Milan-based radical design group, Memphis; founder Ettore…