Some of these selections are deeply flawed, but their flaws
have only endeared them to me further; by all means, call them out
on their culturally normative bullshit, but don't be surprised if I
can agree whole-heartedly and go right back to watching without
breaking my smile.
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. For nonfic, I like anything that examines
particularly domestic identities of race, class, and
Movies: I <3 Huckabees, Ghostbusters, Bamboozled, Short Bus, SLC
Punk!, 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
, Scrubs, Blackadder, Life (2007--I swear that show was
originally written for an audience of me!), How I Met Your
Mother... 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 enjoying and understanding each
Before I proceed, I should warn you that I love and still buy CDs.
Not exclusively, but affectionately. Now, that said, my favorite
CDs come from Dave Matthews Band, Duke Ellington
, Terri Hendrix
, Dresden Dolls
, Prince, Aerosmith, MIKA
, St. Vincent
, and Modest Mouse. I
like dynamic music (and Oxford commas).
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
practice Meatless Mondays; I grew up in a very meat-centered
household and think my personal health (and environmental
sustainability) could both benefit from eating LESS meat and MMs
are a way to coax learning.
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 and a bottle of original BBQ sauce
No spot for games and video games? Well, I like social games (e.g.
Apples to Apples, Monte Python Flux), social video games (Mario
Kart, Rock Band -- as long as I get to drum), and pretty much all
the Final Fantasy games ever.