When it comes to books I tend to read everything from an author I
like, or from a subject that strikes my fancy.
My favorites organized by subject/author:
etc) -> For bringing intrigue, philosophy and sci-fi
/Timur the Conqueror
big fan of Central Asian warlords. I will read anything relating to
late medieval through renaissance history.
I read a good amount of philosophy, my favorites include Immanuel Kant
his logic), Blaise Pascal
(for his elegance),
(for his stlye). I'm currently trying to get up on modern thinkers
like Derrida and Chomsky, who both are utturly mystifying me right
(Guns Germs and Steel, Collapse) -> manages to make
complex anthropological and environmental issues
(The Menace From Earth, Starship Troopers, Requiem)
-> The best "straight" sci-fi ever.
, The Diamond Age,
Cryptonomicon, Quicksilver) -> Along with Phillip K Dick
and Grant Morrison
writes mind-bending stories.
has recently won me over with Kushiel's Dart
, now I have to
read the rest of her series or alt-history/fantasy. Her style is
very similar to Frank Herbert, in a good way.
I enjoy comics/graphic novels and have a collection of Garth Ennis
(everything by Ennis is dark and over-the-top fun), Alan Moore
, Neil Gaiman
everything they have done has been gold), Grant Morrison
(Great character creator). Some of my favorite titles
have been The Invisibles
, and The Legion of
was just made into an
award-winning animated movie, the comic was even better.
Similarly with movies, in addition to singular favorites I have a
few favorite directors who I try to follow:
(A Clockwork Orange, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Doctor
Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb)
-> Pure style, Kubrick pictures really resonate with me.
I'm just starting the series, on episode 5
and love it so far.
I like musicals like Rent
,Jesus Christ Superstar
(Beetle Juice, Batman
, Edward Scissorhands) -> Burton
films fill me with childlike wonder, every single one of
(Throne of Blood, The Seven Samurai
-> Japanese director who took Western sensibilities and applied
them to Japanense culture.
are two of my absolute favorite films, I tend to like
urban morality plays like these or Boondock Saints