I enjoy ephemera of all kinds, but I seem to have a knack for interests that are now ridiculously commonplace: po-mo analysis, "good" bad movies, musical colonialism, etc. To be honest, I'm kind of tired of it, mostly because it renders the things that I've cultivated and cared about for years somewhat moot: "I'm so far ahead of you I'm behind you" as the one guy behind the other guy once said.
Reading about people who lived a long time ago in far away places; Making/updating/deleting humorous sonic creations as time permits (but not uploading them as much lately),
Keeping my "eyes on the prize" while simultaneously battling ghosts and uncertainty.
Edutaining folks with random information, usually involving people who lived a long time ago in far away places.
Singing harmony (even when it's not in my range)
Being honest to the point of discomfort (usually mine, but sometimes others')
Oh yes, making soup. I love soup...mmmm...
(I almost forgot, making basil pesto as well... mmmm...)
(...and two more things: elipses and parentheticals, I'm good at those too...)
I have to say that in all honesty, I almost never read fiction, so I'm not up on the "lit nerd" thing. It seems as much of a fetish as music is for some, with the name dropping and whatnot (Murakami/Palahniuk/Marquez peeps, I'm looking at you). I've still got a long list of reads to attend to, mostly in the "I've always wanted to.." or recommendation vein (namely Melville, Ballard, London, Dick, Conrad, and many others), but I'm usually distracted by music or film or something else. Chances are I've probably heard of it, but never read it, or attempted/read part of it. This being said, I do have a soft spot for Lovecraft, Clarke, Bradbury, and Poe, as they were a big part of growing up (not to mention the Choose Your Own Adventure series...)
Nonfiction is a different thing entirely; I've read so much I don't know where to begin. Giles Milton and Jared Diamond are old favorites, as are "The Many Headed Hydra", "A People's History of the United States", and Robert Lacy's Saudi history book "The Kingdom". And don't get me started on scholarly articles; I think I have about 20-30 pounds of 2-3 pagers collected from my school days, not to mention another 600-800 Mb's worth in PDF.
As far as the hip-arsed "Cineaste" shtuff that people love to (again) name-drop: early Coen Brothers, Terrence Malick, early Zhang Yimou, Akira Kurosawa, early Ridley Scott (not Tony, though I have a soft spot for The Hunger), Masahiro Shinoda, Stanley Kubrick, Dario Argento, Peter Weir, Atom Egoyan, Werner Herzog, Erroll Morris, Sergio Leone, Nagisa Oshima, Shoei Imamura, and of course, the inimitable Peter Watkins.
I wouldn't know where to begin with documentaries (oh wait, I suppose Genghis Blues and Latcho Drom would be a start, right?), but there's way too many to list, and this would probably segue into "Shows," as a fair amount of the docs I enjoy are usually produced for television.
I was weaned on AM radio and my mom was old school (real OLD school; Ernest Tubb, Roy Acuff, Bob Wills, Jimmie Rogers, as well as the requisite Johnny Cash, Buck Owens, and Merle Haggard) country. I grew up with '80's FM pop (remember Go West? didn't think so...), battled through my teens with metal/punk/grunge as well as classical and jazz (both "warhorses" and "weird" with the former, and "coffee shop"/"weird et al." with the latter) and I inevitably was drawn to the "Waver Holy Trinity" of Joy Division, The Cure, and The Smiths which is now basically "classic rock" to me (and to a lot of other people apparently). The last fifteen years for me has been cultivating an appreciation for music from all around the world (though I was fascinated with music from other places since I was a wee lad), and unfamiliar genres that I was formerly ignorant of; which is to say I like to think I've come full circle back to my days as a little kid being interested in ANYTHING involving music.
I will admit that there isn't too much "new" stuff that I'm totally nuts for, but then again, I've always been too busy listening to all the stuff I've had backlogged for the last 10-20 years. Care to introduce me to something? I will definitely return the favor...
This is much easier, and simpler, perhaps because food has less of a specific social component attached to it (though I suppose not recently, given the obnoxious rise of "foodie" culture; It's like being a lit/music snob, but with food!!). Two words: Heat (as in Scoville units), and Flavor. Combinations of the two are best, but each one represents something awesome, be it meat-ridden, or vegan friendly. I will try anything!
"the arts" (music, visual arts, film, etc.)
my ability to think and feel
...and of course, a good hoppy ale
I don't spend too much time thinking about this unless I'm looking at some (update: almost ALL) of your profiles.
Lately I've wondered why there's so many of you with "PDX" as a part of your profile moniker (y'all work for the IATA?), and if people on OKC in Sacramento sport "SMF" in their profiles with as much frequency. (Perhaps people in Toronto have "YYZ" in theirs as well...?)
(*UPDATE* As I unfortunately expected, a brief set of cursory searches has revealed that NOBODY in either one of those lovely cities has the appropriate airport code embedded in their profile name, and a whopping 41 of you do here. I'm baffled...)
Oh yes, and as always, if you like the cut of my jib (or topgallant or lateen...). I almost forgot to mention chess, beer, discussion of "what-if" scenarios, gardening strategies, and anything pertaining to food and food making. I love to learn; I love to teach...