Your faves are problematic. So are mine.
My favorite narratives (mostly novels) seem to star intellectual
white dudes deepening their understanding of the world around them
and indulging their curiosities to accomplish something greater
than themselves at any cost (Arrowsmith, Zen & The Art of
Motorcycle Maintenance, The Count of Monte Cristo,
Frankenstein--1818 edition, Cat's Cradle). I'm not sure whether
this all says more about me or local English curricula, since as an
adult I seem to buy 100 books
for every one that I actually read.
I enjoy Mark Twain, but I'm not sure I've ever actually finished
reading anything he finished writing.
For nonfic, I like anything that examines intersectionality
particularly domestic identities of race, class, and sexuality, or
anything that blurs the interdisciplinary line: socially-aware
memoirs, cosmological histories, academic storytelling
, that kind of stuff. I
recommend Opening Up to the poly/poly-curious and The Usual Error
who interacts with anyone else ever.
Movies: I like flippant comedies with heart or a subversive serious
ending: I <3 Huckabees, Ghostbusters, Bamboozled, Short Bus,
Bulworth. Guilty pleasures include Love Actually and Hamlet 2
Shows--Musicals or TV? Let's do both!
Theater: Les Misérables, Rent, Man of La Mancha... 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 &
Malcolm in the Middle, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Leverage, Red
, Blackadder, Life (2007 cop drama... sort of... I swear
that show was originally written for an audience of me!). Guiltiest
pleasure would be Gilmore Girls (not because it's any threat to my
awkward masculinity, but because of fairytale class stuff). Anyone
remember Nothing Sacred from 1997? Just me??? My favorite Star Trek
, my favorite
Doctor is 10 (though 11 gets better story arcs + River Song
), and I want to throw
something at the TV any time BBC America advertises "original
programming". Oh, and I saw Serenity before I ever watched Firefly
and I came out understanding and enjoying each just
I love and still buy CDs. Not exclusively, but affectionately. My
favorite CDs tend to feature what Pandora calls "busy horns" and
singer-songwriters who aren't afraid to embrace pop. Janelle Monáe
Electric Lady never left my car in 2014... She is everything I ever
hoped for in a musician! Other faves include Dave Matthews Band's
Big Whiskey & The Groo Grux King
, Duke Ellington at
's Wikkid Lil Grrrls
, Asylum Street Spankers
, Stevie Wonder, and Modest Mouse. My favorite classical
composer is probably Smetana, based only on a single piece
(Gershwin might be my second). I like dynamic music (and Oxford comma
s). I grew
up on Billy Joel and Jim Croce, but it was MC Hammer and Arrested
Development where I really started to find my own musical bearings;
these artists hold a special place in my heart.
My diet has been in almost constant flux over the last year, when
it wasn't existing allergies getting worse or being diagnosed
Celiac (gluten sensitive), it was the ever-changing needs of my
caregivee. I'm kind of starting from scratch and trying to learn to
cook on a daily basis for the first time in my life. Up to this
point, when I would cook, it was a slow, occasional endeavor,
likely some variation on the recipe: "combine ingredients you like,
prepare until done": stir-fries, smoothies, tasty combinations of
cheese and cracker...
When I eat out, my first choice is likely to be something familiar
that I know how to order: Chipotle, Jason's Deli, pizza, wings,
barbeque, Indian, or Thai.
I am also pretty serious about tea
, but only if I can find a perfect steep
without having to add milk or sugar.
I'm a gold-star teetotaler
(never consumed alcohol)
and have been trying to figure out how important a part of my life
that is. It's not a deal-breaker for me if it isn't for you, but I
have a thousand social lubricants I prefer.
No spot for games and video games? Well, I like social games (e.g.
Apples to Apples, Monte Python Fluxx, Chrononauts), social video
games (Mario Kart, Rock Band -- as long as I get to drum), and
pretty much all the Final Fantasy games ever.