With some reluctance, since taste is a limited (but not useless)
indicator of personality:
BOOKS Favorites: A Prayer for Owen Meany, Brideshead Revisited,
Ender Saga (some people think it goes downhill after the first
book; I think it gets better and better), Peace like a River,
Handling Sin, If on a Winter's Night a Traveler; anything by
Stephen Fry, Saki, or Ray Bradbury. In recent months I have read:
the Harry Potter series (managed to not start until all the books
were published), A Walk in the Woods, and the His Dark Materials
trilogy. Fiction currently being read: Middlesex, Wuthering Heights
(no - I never read it before) Non-fiction currently being read:
Head Trip, Assault on Reason
I tend to savor books. Often the more I like one the longer it will
take me to read it.
Favorite comics: Get Fuzzy, Dilbert.
MOVIES I went to my Netflix account and just grabbed some of the
titles that I have rated with five stars: The Adventures of
Buckaroo Bonzai Across the Eighth Dimension, Apocalypse Now, Batman
Begins, Brazil, A Room With a View, Juno, Babette's Feast, Being
There, Harold and Maude, Waking Life, Four Weddings and a Funeral,
Magnolia, Memento, Sixth Sense, Brideshead Revisited (the 13-hour
BBC version), The Up Series, Gandhi, The Full Monty, The Green
Mile, The Matrix, Maurice, Mostly Martha, Napoleon Dynamite, The
Professional, Shawshank Redemption, Repo Man, Tape, This is Spinal
Tap, Wallaced & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit,
Breaking Away, The Usual Suspects, Name of the Rose (intend to read
Even though some of the Star Wars movies are embarassingly weakly
realized, I am stunned by the potential profundity of the mythology
revealed by the saga as a whole: the idea of the seemingly-evil
savior. I forgive the weaknesses of the films in appreciation of
the meanings in the story. This might be a personality trait of
mine: the right positive overshadows any negatives in regard to
many things. That is to say: often some one quality can be good
enough to make the whole pleasing.
FOOD I am not a vegetarian (though I think it is a good idea, for
lots of reasons), but gourmet vegetarian food is a favorite of
mine. I'm also especially fond of Indian food.
TELEVISION I almost don't watch TV these days, but recently I
watched and especially enjoyed all episodes of the original,
British version of The Office (just started watching Ricky Gervais'
other series "Extras" on DVD). I can easily get hooked into an
episode or two of Law & Order, and high on my all-time
favorites list are Frasier, NYPD Blue, and The West Wing. (Like I
said - I don't really watch TV these days.)
MUSIC I like music a lot, but I don't spend as much time listening
to it as many people do. I think this is because my tendency is to
listen attentively. Music as background doesn't always work for me.
When I AM listening to music, usually that listening is the main
thing occupying my attention.
My Stuck On a Desert Island recordings: Keith Jarrett's Koln
Concert (I actually attended the will-be-legendary Carnegie Hall
performance in 2005), Van Halen's 5150, The Hilliard Ensemble's
Officium (early music chanting with saxophone improv - who thinks
of these things?!), and Brian Eno's Music for Airports. Some other
musical favorites: Cat Stevens, baroque keyboard music, Pete
Townshend in any phase of his career (with or without The Who),
early Joni Mitchell, Indigo Girls, Sammy Hagar, Renaissance choral
music (love those tight harmonies!), Philip Glass. I have returned
to Led Zeppelin recently after a hiatus prompted by over-exposure;
damn! they really were good. Recent things that have grabbed me:
the soundtrack to _Juno_, Alison Krause & Robert Plant's
But really, there is a TON of music that I enjoy.