What people like isn't as important as what people are like. People
are more than the sum of their particular taste in media. Let's
talk about the "why" instead of the "what". I don't care if we
don't like the same things. I'd much rather take turns explaining
Books: Calvino, Borges, Pynchon, DFW, the usual stuff and all that
jazz. I have a real soft spot for Icelandic sagas, Hamlet, Beowulf,
and the Lattimore translation of the Odyssey.
Movies: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, Persona, Yojimbo, Network,
Do the Right Thing, Junebug, and Jurassic Park. I like a lot of
movies. Hilariously, this is an understatement.
Television: Deadwood is the best. Eastbound and Down, Game of
Thrones, Party Down, Parks and Recreation, Louie, Archer, Terriers,
and Justified. The other stuff too.
Music: I went to a Jandek show and then spent the next 48 hours
throwing up. I pledge allegiance to the Wu Tang Clan. My favorite
songs are SOS by ABBA and Walking on Sunshine by Katrina and the
Waves. It's just music and I like a lot of it.
Food: My last meal would probably be a cheeseburger with avocado
slices and sweet potato fries. I like to put pistachios on my pizza
with artichoke hearts. It changed my life.
Sometimes people add an extra section here for podcasts or graphic
novels, so if you want to talk about My Brother, My Brother and Me
or Laika, that would be just swell.