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My three favorite books are Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace,
Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami, and The Possessed by Fyodor
Dostoevsky. I'm a lit major because I dunno, I have no real goals,
so my books are one of the few things I take seriously. I like
Postmodern lit in particular as long as it's not stupid and
sarcastic to the point of parody. So yes, Don Delilo, Vonnegut,
Toni Morrison, etc. are among my favorites. I lean toward short
lit. In this regard, I prefer the likes of David Foster Wallace,
Anton Chekhov, Ray Carver, George Saunders, and Cheever. I think
Hamsun deserves some recognition here for Hunger even though it was
written in the final decade of the 19th century and despite that
little incident where, y'know, he became a Nazi and sent his Nobel
prize in lit to Goebbels.
Most of my nonfiction interest is reserved for critical theory,
deconstruction, and any other continental philosophers with a
linguistic leaning. My favorite philosopher is Jean Baudrillard
(here's a small quote to give you a bit of an idea just why
Baudrillard was dope as fuk "There is nothing funny about
Halloween. This sarcastic festival reflects, rather, an infernal
demand for revenge by children on the adult world.") with Michel
Foucault in a close second. Roland Barthes is a fav too, but I
can't make up my mind and stick with it about where he fits into my
philosophical hierarchy so he's just in a corner or wandering about
doing his own thing, mostly looking seductive, smoking cigars, and
getting run over by a laundry truck. I think he would've preferred
things this way anyways. I've read and enjoyed bits and pieces of
most major postmodern or neomarxist philosophers: Derrida (a true
labor of love), Zizek, Lacan (not really postmodern, but whatever,
Lacan is timeless.), Althusser, Spivek, etc. Not huge into
feminist/queer theory, but I've read some Judith Butler, Irigaray,
and Sedgwick. And I do have to say, the homoerotic triangle ranks
up there as one of the most easily applicable and generally fun
theories to use on media. Nietzsche also deserves a mention because
I think he was postmodern before it was cool and I think some of
his more mainstream ideas are experiencing a bit of a resurgence.
As for his, well, more out there ideas, I think they help us better
understand how it is we construct meaning and the importance of
doing so even if they are divorced from reality. My goals for
reading in philosophy for the near future involve reading
Philosophical Investigations by Wittgenstein (Lord only knows if I
can manage to read the whole thing) and a work or two by Deleuze
and Guattari. Don't worry if philosophy isn't your cup of tea, I'm
not a snob about it, and the whole esoteric lexicon is pretty
easily distilled for the most part if it ever comes up.
As for movies, nothing really stands out at the moment. Of recent,
Nightcrawler and Gone Girl are the only names that come to mind
(I'll watch anything with Jake Gyllenhaal in it). In the past, some
of my favorites have been The Cremator, Fear and Loathing in Las
Vegas, and The Lord of the Rings trilogy (preferably extended
edition watched back to back with the proper breaks for breakfast,
second breakfast, elevenses, lunch, tea time, dinner, and supper).
Somehow, I almost forgot PT Anderson. I love anything by him.
Except for Magnolia that is, but we can all forgive that.
Haven't been listening to much music of late. The album The Cave of
Forgotten Dreams by Ernst Reijseger and The Rite of Spring by
Stravinsky stand out. Not a huge fan of rap or techno, but if it's
good, it's good. I listen to a lot of different bands so attempting
to expound upon what exactly it is that makes me click with a song
or group would be an exercise in futility.
Regarding food, I enjoy my epicurian delights as much as the next
guy, but I'm not really of discerning taste. It's always fun to try
something new, but I am by no means "foodie". Yes, I do cook from
time to time, and yes, I will make you dinner as an early date if I
really like you. And good cheese will always win me over.
Why no favorite painters? Well, I go back and forth between Klimt,
Nicholas Roerich, David Caspar Friedrich, and Matisse for anybody