Books: Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell, Blood Meridian by Cormac
McCarthy, Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis, Hyperion by Dan Simmons,
Foundation by Isaac Asimov, Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov, Neuromancer
by William Gibson, The Corner by David Simon, Clockers by Richard
Price, Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco, if on a winter's night a
traveller... by Italo Calvino, The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell
Hammett, Perdido Street Station by China Mieville, and The Book of
the New Sun by Gene Wolfe.
I get around to everything eventually, but my real passions are for
20th-century modernist literature and (well-written) science
fiction. I don't have much of what I call an "NPR bookshelf" - the
assortment of John Hodgman, Ira Glass, Dave Eggers and so forth
that decorate so many upscale young urbanites' homes. Nothing
against those guys, but I think the best literary love affairs are
the ones you start yourself. (Sorry, upscale young urbanites! I
still love you!)
Movies: everything from Godard to Die Hard, from Michael Mann to
The Third Man. I love the cinema, I love sharing it with friends
and I love writing about it.
TV: I'm currently watching and loving The Venture Bros., Archer,
That Mitchell and Webb Look (and its sister program Peep Show), OG
Star Trek, and now every season of Frasier on Netflix. Oh, and
Jeopardy. Mustn't forget Jeopardy.
Music: Elvis Costello, REM, The Smiths, The Cars, New Order, The
Jam, XTC, David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, The Decemberists, Miles
Davis, Tony Bennett, and a smattering of classical that could stand
to be expanded.