A.) "Godel, Escher, Bach: The Eternal Golden Braid" by Douglas
Hofstadter; "The Illuminatus! Trilogy" by Robert Anton Wilson and
Robert Shea; "Why Buildings Fall Down" by Mario Salvadori; "The
Shape of Time" by George Kubler; "The Joke" by Milan Kundera
; "Simulacra and
Simluation" by Jean Baudrillard
; Anything featuring
red dog. "Quicksilver" by Neal Stephenson. I just finished "The
Sugar-Frosted Nutsack" by Mark Leyner and don't let the title fool
you: it's awesome.
B.) Mainstream movies are okay I guess but I typically tend to more
indie and art house selections. I also grew up watching MST3K so on
occasion I like to watch some absolute crap for a giggle. Looking
over at my collection I guess it's fair to say that I enjoyed:
"Schizopolis", "True Stories", "Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are
Dead", "Attack the Gas Station", "Cannibal!: The Musical", "Dr.
Stranglove", "Putney Swope", "Big Fish", "F for Fake", "Ikiru" and
Hal Hartley films.
C.) Firewater, Negativland, B. Hamilton, Wye Oak, Polyphonic Spree,
the Flaming Lips, Cop Shoot Cop, Souls Coughing, Eleni Mandell, the
Eels, Ozomatli, Senor Coconut, Steel Pole Bath Tub, Mudhoney, Dead
Kennedys, Dropkick Murphys, the Scofflaws, the Bouncing Souls,
Stubborn All-Stars, Wire, Dresden Dolls, Arcade Fire, Blue Meanies,
Barkmarket, Wye Oak, B. Hamilton
D.) the edible kind, but mostly Burmese and Thai with the
occasional mad craving for something greasy.