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I like narrowly-focused histories of small, yet pivotal things.
"Scurvy" by Stephen Bown, "Longitude" by Dava Sobel, and "The Book
of Absinthe" by Phil Baker, for example. I'm fond, in equal
measure, of P.G. Wodehouse, Raymond Chandler, and H.P. Lovecraft.
I'm currently reading "Anathem", "Two Years Before the Mast", and a
collection of papers about artifacts recovered from the wreck of
the Mary Rose. I'm waiting for George R.R. Martin to get around to
finishing "A Song of Ice and Fire".
I also read a fair amount of graphic novels, an increasing number
of which do not feature people running around in their pajamas and
indulging in ultraviolence. "Persepolis" and "Pyongyang" were
recent favorites, and I'm making my way through the annotated
edition of "From Hell". I also really, really like Ben Katchor's
homage to New York That Was in "Julius Knipl: Real-Estate
That said, I do like the superhero stuff. Astro City was awesome.
I'm exceedingly fond of Doctor Strange. Matt Fraction's recent
stint on Hawkeye is amazing.
I suspect I will continue to have much to say on the subject of
Batman when I am old and doddering (and it occurs to me that my
generation is destined to become a very odd bunch of
A whole bunch of arty stuff not made in the U.S.; most mid-20th
Century film noir, a smattering of costume dramas, the occasional
Big Dumb Action Movie, and frequent big clever action movies. I
keep hoping that whoever is in charge of adapting DC comics
characters for the screen will remember that they're supposed to be
*fun* (this seems a problem only with their movies right now; I'm
enjoying "Arrow", and have a lot of hope for the upcoming Flash
I really enjoyed the documentaries "Helvetica" and "Sputnik
Madness". I've seen "Koyaanisqatsi" three times. "Jodorowsky's
Dune" was amazing.
Also, some really awful stuff, which I actually enjoy in a
non-ironic manner (I know, it's heresy to do so). This includes
some classic cheese from the '50s, as well as later efforts like
"Danger:Diabolik" and "Zardoz". I'm especially happy when I find a
DVD of this sort of thing which has director's commentary on it, so
I can get an idea of what was going through the director's head.
This is hit-and-miss. Boorman's commentary on "Zardoz" was good.
The commentary on "Conan the Barbarian" (which, mind you, I'm not
at all categorizing as a "bad" movie) with John Milnius and Arnold
Schwartzenegger, however, was dire ("Ja, John! Dis is vere dey vere
making da sworrd!" "Yes, Arnold, that's right. They're making the
sword." Bloody painful to listen to).
Most of the same stuff the rest of you list, half of which is
already off the air: Mad Men, Archer, Battlestar Galactica,
Firefly, Arrow, White Collar. Most of Star Trek; even 3/4ths of
Enterprise, and a few episodes of Voyager. Agents of SHIELD stopped
disappointing me at exactly the right moment to pull me back in.
I'm mysteriously fascinated by shows in which people prepare food
and develop vendettas, and then get yelled at by Gordon Ramsey. I'm
fascinated by Crossbones, mostly since I'm trying to figure out
what accent John Malkovich thinks he's using.
I was watching Doctor Who long before it was cool. In fact, I was
watching it when it was very much uncool.
This is all over the place. Thomas Tallis. Guitar Wolf. George
Gershwin. Django Reinhardt. Dead Can Dance. Philip Glass. Flogging
Molly. JS Bach. Devo. eX-Girl. Sleater-Kinney. Richard Wagner.
Fever Ray. I have a playlist with six hours of hula music.
I'll eat damn near anything. I'm the sort who tries, as much as
possible, to find the oddest thing on the menu. Sometimes this
works beyond my wildest dreams, and sometimes I spend the next hour
testing palate cleansers. The pickled squid legs in squid liver
sauce (served in a disturbingly crude clay bowl) is something I
will never repeat.