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 Beatles, The Sisters of Mercy, Róisín Murphy, Moloko,
David Bowie, The Smiths, Chromatics, Glass Candy, The Future Sound
of London, Kate Bush, M83, Joy Division, Neko Case, Grizzly Bear,
Twin Shadow, The Cure, Marvin Gaye, Prince, Fleetwood Mac, 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.
Honestly, I don't much care if you have the same music tastes as me
as long as you are into SOMETHING. It'd be great if you could
dazzle me with some amazing music I haven't heard before, the
favour of which I will happily return. That said, if you want to
tell me my selections of favourite Led Zeppelin songs are all
brilliant because they're the same as yours, that works too.
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 even though I know in my heart it is totally
crap. It's True Blood with swordfights instead of vampires.
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.