On the Road has been the most influential in my life so far. The
Selfish Gene makes me want to become a biologist. The Hitchhiker's
Guide to the Galaxy contains the single most useful piece of advice
I've ever received. I read Atlas Shrugged and went through an
Objectivist phase, but then changed my mind when the financial
system collapsed. The Motorcycle Diaries, The Sun Also Rises, The
Sorrows of Young Werther, Candide, The Open Society and Its
Enemies, the Iliad and the Odyssey, and Cat's Cradle have all been
pretty important to me. I found Moby Dick to be surprisingly
hilarious. I've read some Charles Bukowski lately, and the decadent
shortsightedness of it all is enviable, in a tragic way.
Easy Rider, The Graduate, Monty Python, The Godfather, and The Lord
of the Rings are all great, in wildly various ways, but I don't go
to the movies all that often, especially not here.
I really only watch TV when my body is occupied but my brain isn't.
Modern Family, Flight of the Conchords, Californication, Family
Guy, Sealab 2021, Robot Chicken, and The Universe are all splendid
ways to avoid thinking for half an hour.
I'm open-minded and casual about my music; I'll listen to anything
except the lamest of pop. I probably listen to Leonard Cohen,
Deadmau5, Elliott Smith, the Velvet Underground, Deep Dish, the
Smiths, Cake, The Cure, Modest Mouse, and Royksopp more than most
people, but I'm good with anything from Lupe Fiasco to The
Decemberists depending on the mood.
I enjoy complex carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins, minerals, and
phytochemicals, in that order.