Help your potential matches find common interests.
Books: Catch-22, The Once and Future King, Cryptonomicon, The Lord
of the Rings, The Secret History, the Narnia series (I once made
friends with a group of people at the next pub table over because I
loudly said "I fucking love Narnia, fuck off!" to the people I was
Comics: The Invisibles (once told the author he was my favourite
writer, whilst drunk, at a party - proud moment), Akira, The Dark
Knight Returns, anything by the aforementioned Grant Morrison, Alan
Moore, people like that. I read a lot of comic books. I will never
make you read one unless you want me to, and if I did, it would be
an incredibly good one. I'm not the sort of nerd that tries to get
girls to read Shitty Wolverine Adventures #431 because there are
awesome fight scenes in it or something.
Movies: Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence, Robocop, The Talented Mr
Ripley, Conan the Barbarian, Alien, Blade Runner, Angel Heart, and
basically anything with either a spaceship, a robot or an alien in.
Is it nerdy? I've seen it. Don't talk to me about Prometheus, it
Music: The Sisters of Mercy, The Chameleons, Joy Division, Róisín
Murphy, Moloko, David Bowie, Fleetwood Mac, The Beatles, The
Smiths, Chromatics, Glass Candy, The Future Sound of London, Kate
Bush, M83, Neko Case, Grizzly Bear, Twin Shadow, The Cure, Marvin
Gaye, Prince, Pop Will Eat Itself, Queen, Nouvelle Vague, Tool,
Underworld, Led Zeppelin, Guns N' Roses, New Order, Duran Duran,
Depeche Mode, Nirvana, Shirley Bassey, Pet Shop Boys, Bat for
Lashes, The Prodigy, Billy Idol, The Cult, Smashing Pumpkins,
Deftones, Radiohead, Roxy Music, Björk, Wu-Tang Clan, Air, Tears
for Fears, Michael Jackson, Faith No More, Neil Young, Ladytron, Al
Stewart - a sprinkling of pretty much everything with a strong
tendency towards slightly gay electronica and goth rock. Is it a
bunch of droning melancholy misery with slightly knowing, ironic
lyrics? It's in my iTunes.
I don't really trust people who aren't into any music. I don't
really mind if you like completely different music to me, as long
as you're into something. It would be great if you could broaden my
horizons. In return I will show you amazing music, which I
basically love doing.
Food: I have come to this great state of California to sample your
fine Mexican food. I am rarely disappointed. Also, your burgers are
quite often very nice. I have recently discovered that if you are
just drunk enough to make a slightly reckless decision, then street
vendor hot dogs are pretty amazing.
Television: The Wire is the best show ever made. If you have a
favourite character (not counting Omar), that will help matters.
Mine is Bodie. Also love Breaking Bad, Six Feet Under, True Blood,
The Shield, Six Feet Under, The Sopranos, all that kind of thing. I
watch Game of Thrones and I love it. I love it because it's 2015
and one of the biggest shows around has wizards and swordfights and
evil Scottish people. The nerds have won. I loved True Detective S1
because of all the amazing Lovecraft stuff, but I think True
Detective S2 is complete crap. Every episode gets worse.
Twin Peaks is coming back! Talk to me about Twin Peaks.
I watch Doctor Who. Look, I'm British and one of the privileges
afforded to all British people is to have as many opinions about
Doctor Who as they like. If I ever get drunk and abusive I might
call any Americans who say they like Doctor Who a bunch of
johnny-come-lately poseurs and demand they tell me their favourite
Doctor not counting the three newest ones. If you like Doctor Who,
here is a brilliant first date idea - I will wear an eccentric
ensemble consisting of a dinner jacket, a long scarf and an unusual
hat, and run up to you in a bar and frantically demand you tell me
what year it is. Whatever you say, I will look pensive and whisper
"then I'm already too late!" under my breath. If you don't watch
Doctor Who, please ignore this paragraph.