Shows: I have a love/hate relationship with TV. I really do think
TV is a superior storytelling medium to movies, because TV shows
are better able to develop characters and make the viewer become
invested in the characters and the plot, but I also think TV is the
source of so much anti-intellectualism in our country. So much of
it caters to the lowest common denominator. Favorite shows are:
Breaking Bad (favorite), The Wire (other favorite), Game of
Thrones, Treme, Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Mad Men, Cowboy Bebop
(obsessed), Firefly, Venture Bros., Childrens Hospital, The Office
(UK version, and early seasons of US version), Community, Parks and
Recreation, 30 Rock, Arrested Development, Party Down, Avatar - The
Last Airbender, Legend of Korra, Luther, Daily Show, Colbert
Report, Tim and Eric, and various cartoons from the 90s.
Books: Mostly I read nonfiction nowadays, because my love of good
narrative is slightly overpowered by my desire to learn. I read
some Hedges here, some Chomsky there. Also, I understand that there
is no way to enforce required reading among adult Americans, but I
firmly believe that every American should read Michelle Alexander's
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness,
as it is probably the most socially relevant contemporary book on
Movies: I'll spare you my long list of movies and just say that I
am obsessed with Pixar. I could write volumes of praise for each
Pixar movie. They are brilliant on so many levels and are too often
under-appreciated by average movie-goers. I really love animation.
I also like films by Wes Anderson, Akira Kurosawa, Quentin
Tarantino, the Coen brothers, Miyazaki, etc.
Music: I have very diverse taste in music, ranging from a lot of
hip-hop to folk and everything in between. Just a few examples are:
Busdriver, Paul Barman, Beastie Boys, The Pharcyde, Nocando, Open
Mike Eagle, The Roots, TiRon & Ayomari, Blu, P.O.S., Pharoahe
Monch, A Tribe Called Quest, CunninLynguists, Wu-Tang Clan, The
Budos Band, Ab-Soul, Big Baby Gandhi, The Morning Benders, Raphael
Saadiq, Nina Simone, Yoko Kanno, Sam Cooke, Billie Holiday, The
Avett brothers, Fleet Foxes, First Aid Kit, Os Mutantes, Rage
Against the Machine, Kids These Days, Chance the Rapper, Soil and
Pimp Sessions (ridiculous name, amazing band), Santigold, TV on the
Radio, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Phil Ochs, Nick
Waterhouse, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Mark Ronson, Buena Vista Social
Club, Architecture in Helsinki, The Bamboos, The Go! Team, The
Black Keys, Lee Fields and the Expressions, The White Stripes...
Honestly I could go on forever, so I'm just going to stop here. I'm
very passionate about the music I like and I love to share music.
If you share music with me or ask me to share music with you,
you'll have won some serious points. Also, as you may have noticed,
I enjoy a lot of rap. Ironically, I generally find white guys who
emphatically talk about rap to be problematic, even though I
technically fall into that category. This is an interesting topic
Food: I like it.