Literature: Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, Blood Meridian
(fascination, but absolutely haunted and horrified by the
antagonist), anything by Albert Camus, The Phantom Tollbooth,
Candide, 31 Songs (in my life right now it seems more applicable
than High Fidelity, but that was definitely my favourite Hornby
book two years ago), An Ordinary Man, Frankenstein, Gullivers
Travels, The Odyssey, The Adventures of Robin Hood, Christopher
Moore's books, and anything Oscar Wilde, "The Love-Song of J.
Alfred Prufrock" by TS Eliot, The Confessions of Georgia Nicolson,
Mark Twain's literary criticism, the list goes on...
I've recently read Charlie Chaplin's autobiography. The man wasn't
a novel writer but it was an excellent read.
Short list: Chaplin, Miyazaki, Kevin Smith, Allen and Anderson,
When Harry Met Sally, the original Star Wars trilogy, anything with
a good story, good characters, and fantastic dialogue.
Long(er) list: My Best Friend's Wedding, The Kid (Charlie Chaplin),
Taare Zameen Par, Death at a Funeral, the Indiana Jones trilogy
(yes, trilogy, I don't count the recent one), Religulous, Chicken
Run, The Empire Strikes Back, Brave, Casino Royale, Princess
Mononoke, Kiki's Delivery Service, Star Trek (2009), 28 Days
Shows: Doctor Who, Sherlock, Firefly, Star Trek: The Next
Generation, The Walking Dead.
Music: 60s Rock, Led Zeppelin, Nick Drake, Alabama Shakes, The
Black Keys, classical, some jazz, Nina Simone, Laura Mvula, some
Janelle Monae, some Adele, The Shins, The Pixies, Bright Eyes, War
Paint, The Strokes, Beirut, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Caravan Palace,
Bernhoft, Johnny Flynn and the Sussex Wit, George Harrison, Against
Me!, Ani DiFranco, and a few songs here and there by this person
and that one. I like good music. If it moves me, impresses me, I'll
listen to it. Extra points for any genre when it's live. Love a
Food: I cook at home a lot. And by a lot I mean pretty much every
meal, every day. I'm allergic to milk and gluten.
So, that means: nothing containing or cooking in butter or
margarine, no yoghurt, no ghee (so no curry), no pasta, bread,
cheese, beer. No cakes, cookies, almost all desserts, really.
... I eat a lot of vegetables and fruit.
I love food, so I love pretty much anything that won't kill me. I'm
as adventurous as I can be without tempting anaphylactic shock
(hospitals are not adventures I'm fond of, that's not fleeing fear
as much as being practical).
Football teams, favourite players:
Arsenal (Özil, Wilshere, Walcott, Giroud, Ramsey)
Real Madrid (Khedira, Xabi Alonso, Iker Casillas, Modric)
Borussia Dortmund (Lewandowski, Błaszczykowski, Hummels, Bender,
AC Milan (no favourite player, just agreed to support them for a
England National Team (Gerrard, Wilshere, and Walcott)
Germany National Team (Özil and Khedira again).