Any list I could possibly compile would still be incomplete. Ask me
tomorrow and get a different answer.
Favorite books... of all time, or just those I have read in recent
years? A list would have to include all of Tolkien
's works. Favorite authors
, Douglas Adams
, C. S. Lewis
; my list would be
incomplete if I did not add Jack Douglas
and e e cummings
. I am an avid
reader and have an extensive personal library... but the books I
most enjoy re-reading are reference books in a wide range of
historical (among other) areas of knowledge. I am currently working
my way through the Game of Thrones books.
Favorite movies? Again, this list is fluid. The Maltese Falcon
"Casablanca," "Gone With the Wind
and the Holy Grail
," as well as
Lord of the
are among my all-time favorites. I am a huge fan of the
. I particularly enjoy almost every "comic book
superhero" movie ever made - but well written / well-acted romantic
comedies are A Must. A much shorter and easier list to compile
would be Movies I Hate.
My list of Favorite Television Shows would include classics as
Smart, Mission Impossible, Time Tunnel
, and many others from my
youth. Favorite BBC classics include The Prisoner
, The IT Crowd, Monty
Python, Fawlty Towers, Coupling
, Doctor Who
, Avengers, The Young Ones.
More recent TV favorites are Deadwood
, Sopranos, Smallville
, Dexter, Buffy, Game
of Thrones, Walking Dead, Breaking Bad and Six Feet Under.
Favorite music? Just about anything except "thrash rock," Rap and
Opera... with the exception of Verdi's "Il Trovatore
". I have to mention
Motown and Classic Rock
(such as faves
) and, of
course, the Beatles
. My guilty pleasures are
well as bagpipes (but not together!), although I am aware the mere
mention of those will alienate most everyone.
Favorite food? Here's how it works: Cooking
is a creative art form at which
I excel. Since I can modify virtually any recipe to my own tastes,
I am able to prepare virtually any dish to my own personal
definition of utter perfection -- at least according to my own
tastebuds. I often have a hard time deciding in restaurants,
because I prefer to order something that (1) I rarely bother
cooking because it is overly laborious (i.e. eggs Benedict), or (2)
involves ingredients that I never have at home. I am extremely fond
, but the
real stuff is illegal to make in the United States.
really the only beer I drink - if it's not on tap, then I am
usually Designated Driver.
I am a huge fan of stand-up comedy, when it is done right. So, even
though they do not fit into any category, I must add George Carlin
and Lewis Black
to my list of all-time