Well, this is gonna be a long section (sorry, I just love the
arts!) so brace yourself.
I like many different types of music, from singer/songwriter to
metal to classic rock to orchestral to blues to synth pop (again, I
don't like labels much; if it's good [subjective, I know], I like
it! haha). I like a lot of music with attitude or that is
beautifully and deeply introspective.
Even though I mention different genres, I've been realizing lately
how insufficient labels are, especially when it comes to unique and
Singer/Songwriters like Bruce Springsteen, Don Henley and Peter
Gabriel are probably the closest to my heart when it comes to music
The raw, blues-on-steroids style of Jack White, the recent Pain of
Salvation albums, certain Metallica songs, etc. really appeals to
me. I love a good groove and am a riff junkie.
Lana Del Rey, Temposhark, Patrick Wolf and Innerpartysystem are
some awesome, unique pop artists.
I got into music as a young lad via classic rock like Springsteen,
Queen, Led Zeppelin, The Who, The Doors, Pink Floyd, Neil Young,
Fleetwood Mac, Heart and Grand Funk Railroad still love that stuff
to this day.
The label "metal" is so incredibly vague and often summons
ridiculous stereotypes in people's minds of screaming and such.
That really bugs me because most of the greatest musicianship I
encounter in my listening comes from bands who fall under that
"metal" label. Iron Maiden, System of a Down, Metallica, Sonata
Arctica, Rage Against the Machine, Pantera, Kreator, Megadeth,
Machine Head, Woods of Ypres, Nine Inch Nails, Protest the Hero,
Gojira, Agrypnie, At the Gates… I could go on forever. I love many
different atmospheric black metal bands, thrash metal bands, death
metal bands, etc.. To someone who doesn't listen to these styles,
they probably sound like caveman aggressive things -- I don't like
that that's the case.
If the lyrics have a progressive bent, chances are I will give the
music my time and consideration. I'm not normally into rap, but if
you have lyrics like The Coup does, or amplify that intensity like
Street Sweeper Social Club, I dig it (these are Boots Riley rap
I think intricate musicianship and virtuosity/being able to play
many notes quickly/w/changing time signatures can be the same thing
but often aren't, if that makes any sense...
FILM AND TV:
I enjoy some awesome drama films with focus on character such as
The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys, Prayers for Bobby, 50/50,
Fireflies in the Garden and Bang Bang You're Dead. I also love the
more society-analyzing, still character-driven "intense" films with
great story lines like Fight Club, V for Vendetta, A Clockwork
Orange, American History X, God Bless America, etc.. And finally,
can't forget those complicated,
feel-good-after-going-through-unique-trial films like Perks of
Being a Wallflower, Ruby Sparks, Electrick Children and The
Go-Getter. Yeah, I like movies quite a bit.
I've been a James Bond nerd since I was 10 and I especially love
the Daniel Craig films and the shift to substance-over-style.
Sam Mendes and Lars von Trier are some great filmmakers.
I also love comedy -- especially in TV programs. South Park is
absolutely genius :)
I dig Anthony Jeselnik, Amy Schumer, Louis CK, John Mulaney as
stand-up comedians. Daniel Tosh's routine is actually pretty
excellent even if his show is kinda watered down at this point;
Happy Thoughts is one of the best stand up routines out there in my
I love Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (represent, Wallace! :P),
Kick-Ass and innovative teen-focused extraordinary movies of the
Too many other wonderfully made films to list...
Oh and I'm now addicted to Law & Order SVU! That show is
I don't yet know much anime but my friend who loves it is about to
introduce me to it, so that'll probably change soon :)
In regard to literature, I enjoy Ray Bradbury, Shakespeare, Joyce,
Dean Young and Peter Richards.
Some works we've studied in class that I've really enjoyed are
Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar, Jay McInery's Bright Lights, Big City,
J.D. Salinger's Catcher in the Rye and Walt Whitman's Song of
Myself. I enjoy studying historical contexts and their bearing on a
given novel or poem.
This site won't allow for italics, so those novel titles are not
receiving proper treatment. I refuse to wrap a novel in
I also love literary theory and find the works of Horkheimer &
Adorno and Foucault to be foundational truths for living in the