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Generally I like things that make me think. Or laugh. Or possibly
feel. Maybe. It depends on the feeling.
Nonfiction, which is its own creature: The Selfish Gene, Under the
Banner of Heaven, Team of Rivals, The Bottom Billion, Bossypants,
Surely You're Joking Mr. Feynman, God is not Great, The Better
Angels of Our Nature, and pretty much every essay David Foster
Wallace ever wrote.
Fiction, which is its creator's, at first: 1984, The Sandman, East
of Eden, Girl Genius, Neuromancer, The Great Gatsby, Nana to Kaoru,
The Gods Themselves, The Windup Girl, The Old Man and the Sea,
Slaughterhouse Five, Watchmen, The Forever War, Huckleberry
Poetry, which is not in style: Not Waving but Drowning, Good-by and
Keep Cold, Daddy, An Essay on Criticism, On Seeing the Elgin
Marbles, Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night, The Walrus and the
Carpenter and anything by Emily Dickinson
Live, which never sounds like it does in my head: The Merchant of
Venice, Wicked, Phantom of the Opera, and any ballet with music by
Movies, which are increasingly difficult to distinguish from TV:
Lawrence of Arabia, Ratatouille, Serenity, Pulp Fiction, The Muppet
Christmas Carol, The Godfather, Casablanca, and anything by
TV, which I watch more of than I admit: Firefly, Mad Men, FLCL,
House of Cards and all right all right Archer, damn you H Jon
Benjamin and your hilarious voice.
I don't really have strong feelings about music, unlike apparently
the rest of the human race.
Food, which is an embarrassingly large line-item in my budget: Yes.
Very, very, very yes. I spent a lot of my last big trip to Europe
just going places so I could eat at restaurants there. Noma,
incidentally, is not very good. I don't know what the people from
Restaurant magazine are on. Don't go there. Go to Azurmendi
instead, since it is probably the real best restaurant on earth.
Oh, and the 22-course meal at Vendome is amazing. Just, like, don't
eat anything else that day (or the day before, even), and maybe
stay at the hotel on site so you can immediately go lay down.