I will freely admit, I've not read a lot of fiction these days.
It's something I really want to work on. Have I had books that have
changed my life? I used to think so, but the older I get, the less
important I find them. I used to be an idealist - maybe even a
zealot - about my philosophical beliefs. Now I consider myself a
That said, I think my favorite books over the last few years have
been "Guns, Germs, and Steel," "1491," and "1493," as they really
have given me a whole new outlook on history, one of my very
favorite subjects. I'd add to that list "Grounded," about a couple
that tried to circle the globe without flying, and "The Box," which
I will be straight up honest and say that it's about how the
shipping container changed the world.
I told you I was a dork.
Much like fiction books, I'm way behind. It's probably my weakest
interest in pop culture. Since the late 1990s, I feel like TV has
been the medium that produced much higher quality content.
Seriously, in 2012, I saw Ted. I have a lot of catching up to
Currently my favored medium. My interests run in two very different
- High-quality dramatic cable series, like Mad Men and Breaking
Bad. My favorite of all time is still The Sopranos. Ignoring the
Mafia stuff, I feel like that show is still the most realistic
portrayal of a family I've ever seen. Every character on that show
is someone I could see being in my own family.
- Absurdist comedy, like Archer, Robot Chicken, the various Seth
McFarlane shows, Bob's Burgers, Portlandia, The League, and It's
Always Sunny in Philadelphia. I enjoy stoner humor despite the fact
that I don't get stoned. Draw your own conclusions.
I spent a lot of my college years getting acquainted with
indie/underground/college rock/whatever you want to call it. I'm
not going to list all the bands I dig, but I will say that if you
look at Sirius XMU's Top 41 of 2012, the Coachella 2013 lineup, and
a VERY healthy dose of Sleater-Kinney, Wild Flag, and Clutch, and
you like what you hear, we need to talk.
I need to get a lot healthier in this area, but I love an eclectic
meal, but I also love comfort food. Basically the only things I
don't care for are bivalves (oysters, clams, etc.) If you are with
me and manage to convince me to eat oysters, then you know I think
you're pretty f*cking awesome because I'm not wanting to wimp out
even though I find even the mere thought of devouring them to make