I enjoy some stuff that is problematic in one way but brilliant
in another; the best are both clever and conscious without being
My favorite narratives (mostly novels) have this odd commonality of
intellectual white dudes deepening their understanding of the world
around them and indulging their curiosities to accomplish something
greater than themselves (Arrowsmith, Zen & The Art of
Motorcycle Maintenance, The Count of Monte Cristo, Frankenstein,
Cat's Cradle). I'm not sure whether that says more about me or
local English curricula, but I should add that I haven't read much
fiction in recent years (but I'm trying to change that). For
nonfic, I like anything that examines intersectionality
particularly domestic identities of race, class, and sexuality, or
anything that blurs the interdisciplinary line: social memoirs,
cosmological histories, that kind of stuff. I recommend Opening Up
to the poly/poly-curious and The Usual Error
to anyone who
interacts with anyone else ever.
Movies: I <3 Huckabees, Ghostbusters, Bamboozled, Short Bus,
Bulworth, Love Actually, Fifth Element, The Big Hit, The Dark
Knight. Common themes? Um... Irreverence
? Visual innovations?
Audience discomfort? Let's just go with general flippancy
. More perplexing: I
have neither strong love nor hate for any saga of Star Wars or
LOTR, I don't care to ever see X-Men 1 or 3 or The Dark Knight
Rises again, but I liked the entire Matrix Trilogy.
Shows--Musicals or TV? Let's do both!
Theater: Les Misérables, Rent, ... okay, I've seen and enjoyed
other shows, but these are the ones I always come back to; I'm
really curious to see the latest revival of Porgy & Bess,
though (thanks in no small part to the legacy of Ella &
Red Dwarf, Clone
, Blackadder, Life (2007 -- I swear that show was
originally written for an audience of me!), Leverage, Six Feet
Under, Avatar: The Last Airbender... Anyone remember Nothing Sacred
from 1997? Just me??? My favorite Star Trek is DS9
, my favorite Doctor is 10 (though
11 gets better stories +River Song
), and I want to throw
something at the TV any time BBC America tries to advertise
"original programming". Oh, and I saw Serenity before I ever
watched Firefly and I came out understanding and enjoying each
I love and still buy CDs. Not exclusively, but affectionately. That
said, my favorite CDs come from Dave Matthews Band, Duke Ellington
, Terri Hendrix
, Prince, Asylum Street Spankers
Stevie Wonder, Jim Croce, and Modest Mouse. I like dynamic music
s). ADDENDUM: I don't think my Janelle Monáe
CD has left my
car since January... She is everything I love in a musician!
I eat out a lot; it's a benefit and a drawback of being a
caregiver. When I pick, my first choice is likely to be Chipotle,
Jason's Deli, pizza & wings, Indian, barbeque, or Thai. I
practiced Meatless Mondays last year and skip meat several times a
week; this is huge because I grew up in a rather meat-centered
household. ***UPDATE: I've just found out I'm gluten-sensitive and
have to completely upend my relationship with food. The timing kind
of sucks, but I'm going to take up a lot more cooking and nutrition
in the coming months. Gentle counsel will be sought often.
When I cook, it's likely to be some variation on the recipe:
"combine ingredients you like, prepare until done": stir-fries,
smoothies, tasty combinations of cheese and cracker; I take my
seriously, but in none of these cases do I like having to shop for
rare or uber-specific ingredients (unless you happen to be driving
through Nashville, in which case could you bring me back a couple
pounds of Jack's Ribs please?).
I'm a gold-star teetotaler
(never had a drink of
alcohol) and have been trying to figure out how important a part of
my life that is. Yes, it's a personal choice -- about me not you.
No, I don't want to ban it or any other substance (I'm for drug
legalization, really). Yes it can be awkward sometimes being around
it, though not as often as you might think (I grew up in bars and
, after all). No, I don't go to temperance meetings or
crap like that, but I have been learning more about conscious
(especially in queer
communities, where the bar culture makes it particularly
complicated) and it might come up at some point if we hang out.
None of this is a deal-breaker for me if it isn't for you.
No spot for games and video games? Well, I like social games (e.g.
Apples to Apples, Monte Python Fluxx), social video games (Mario
Kart, Rock Band -- as long as I get to drum), and pretty much all
the Final Fantasy games ever.