I love Douglas Adams, he's my hero. East of Eden blows my mind.
Water for Elephants is a great story. Mark Haddon, Bill Bryson,
Movies: Forrest Gump, The Godfather I and II, The Lord of the
Rings, Lonesome Dove, The Big Lebowski, V For Vendetta, Moonrise
Kingdom, Meet Joe Black, Dances With Wolves, Spanglish, As Good As
It Gets, Matrix Trilogy, Memento, Bandits, American Beauty,
Stranger Than Fiction, Big Fish, Shawshank Redemption, Good Will
Hunting, Finding Forrester, The Bourne Identity, A River Runs
Through It, Braveheart...I could keep going...
TV Shows: Modern Family, 30 Rock, Community, The Mentalist, Amazing
Race, How I Met Your Mother, Human Target (how do you cancel this
show and leave something like Chuck running all those seasons?),
Firefly (how do you cancel THIS show and let ANY other show keep
running??), Friends, Seinfeld...how far back should I go?
As for music...okay, this is a pretty important category for me. I
used like country music the best: Garth Brooks, George Strait, Brad
Paisley, Don Williams, Randy Travis, Diamond Rio, Alison Krauss,
Gary Allan, Keith Urban, and on and on and on...but recently the
genre has been bugging me. It's like everyone is having an
identity/authenticity crisis, and so they have to overly invoke the
most cliched country themes, like barns and drinking "lite" beer
and being from a small town and all that, instead of just singing
songs about life and love, and having the proper voices and
instrumentation to make the song be country. So I have found myself
listening to very little country these days. Beyond that I'm also a
huge fan of Elton John, The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, James
Galway, Jason Mraz, David Wilcox, The Avett Brothers, Mark
Knopfler, Nat King Cole, Jack Johnson, Gordon Lightfoot, Cara
Dillon, Chris Gaines, Van Morrison, Jimmy Buffett, Keb' Mo', Andrea
Bocelli, Norah Jones, Fiona Apple and even a little Eminem
Food, hmm. I don't care a lot about food, but I am pretty critical
when I do. I like pasta. I love a good steak. And pickles.