Books: anything ever written by Norman Mailer. He was a giant
intellect and a treasure to the world. Oh, and do comic books count
as books? I mean the word book is right in there.
Books I don't like: fantasy, romance, Bill O'Reilly, anything
obviously written for the purposes of being translated to the
screen. And poetry, nothing inherently wrong with it, just not my
cup o' tea.
Movies: ok, cliche, but there is a reason. The Godfather part 2,
The Godfather, Treasure of the Sierra Madre, Citizen Kane,
Casablanca, the old Universal monster flicks (The Wolf-Man,
Frankenstein, Dracula), Die Hard, Ghandi, Moonlight Kingdom, Hard
Candy, the Christopher Nolan Batman trilogy, anything Tarantino or
Rodriguez, Zombie movies where the undead can run, and if you are
male and anywhere near my age, if Star Wars didn't seriously impact
your life, you need extensive psychiatric help.
Movies I hate: anything where a group of down and out,
misunderstood, go getters sing or dance or do martial arts or what
ever is trendy right now, to save their school, church, rec center,
or neighborhood. Titanic, Moulan Rouge, Forrest Gump, Driving in
Cars With Boys, The Brown Bunny, the third feature for any actor
from Freeks and Geeks.
Shows: All in the Family (best sit-com ever, period), Louie, The
Daily Show, Real Time w/Bill Maher, Rachel Maddow, The Office, 30
Rock, The Sopranos, Weeds, Shameless, Good Eats, Big Bang Theory,
Sleepy Hollow, Dexter, Deadwood, Arrested Development.
Shows I loathe: Sex and the City, Toddlers and Tiaras, America's
Most Wanted, America's Funniest Home Videos, Everybody Loves
Raymond, Two and a Half Men, Hannity, Huckabee, The O'Reilly
Factor, On the Record, any local news broadcast, TMZ.
Music: that's more complicated. Somewhat chronologically, in the
order in which I began to appreciate them; the Go-go's, A Flock of
Seagulls, Duran Duran, Tears For Fears, Talk Talk, U2, The Clash,
REM, Squeeze, Joy Division, Sex Pistols, PIL, Dead Kennedys, X, The
Sugarcubes, Public Enemy, REM, The Pixies, XTC, Throwing Muses,
Radiohead, Beastie Boys, The Rolling Stones, Hank Williams, Johnny
Cash, REM, Nirvana, Soundgarden, Jane's Addiction, REM... Then
there was a void. Then came the American roots music epiphany, The
White Stripes, Led Zepplin, delta blues, "real" country music, blue
grass, Ryan Adams, REM, Jack White and his various side projects,
The Minus 5, The Black Keys, The National, Mumford & Sons,
Sleigh Bells, Alabama Shakes, Tired Pony, oh, and did I mention
REM? Of course this is only a small sampling, I could spend days
coming up with "one more band" and I've tried to avoid the more
obscure stuff (you get bonus points for The Pernice Brothers or
Music that nauseates me: you know that stuff they play on the
radio? Yeah, that stuff. Pop, rock-pop, dance-pop, contemporary
country, most hip-hop and r&b, hair metal, heavy metal, speed
medal, jazz, fusion, most classical, neo-classical, lite rock...
again this is only a sampling. Oh, and I know this officially makes
me old and uncool, but I don't dig dubstep. It lacks imagination.
If you wanna piss off your parents with your music, do it with the
avant-garde or provocative, not the repetitive and mundane.
Oh, you want more specifics? American, Italian, French, Mexican,
Chinese, Thai, Lebanese, Greek, Ethiopian... I like almost
everything. Happy Dog, the shawerma at Almanar, Jammy Buggars has
the best burger in Cleveland, my other current fave is Deagan's. Oh
and don't leave out a good cup of coffee or tea.
Food I despise: Indian, stuff from cans, stuff from boxes, stuff
from chain restaurants.