I'm reminded here of a line from High Fidelity: "What really
matters is what you like, not what you are like... Books, records,
films - these things matter. Call me shallow but it's the fuckin'
truth." I tend to agree...there are few things that bring me more
joy than sharing some form of media I love and seeing another
person come to share that appreciation. That being said...
Books- I'm a pretty voracious reader. I'm generally a supporter of
libraries, but there's something about amassing a personal book
collection that I can't resist. A man ain't nothin' without a good
shelf to his name. I tend to skew mostly towards fiction. Lately
I've been getting into the crime game-- lots of James Ellroy,
Elmore Leonard, George Pelacanos, and Richard Price...Perennial
favorites are the usual nerdy suspects: Kurt Vonnegut, Phillip K.
Dick, Ray Bradbury, Neal Stephenson, William Gibson. For what it's
worth, I've also read every single Stephen King novel, even The
Tommyknockers. Also have now officially hopped aboard the George
R.R. Martin bandwagon, so just move along if you have blonde hair.
I don't break bread with Lannister scum. Longform.org gets me
through the day.
Movies- It takes A LOT for me to dislike anyone, but I cast my
first (and hopefully last) withering glare at some souless bastard
who had the nerve to badmouth Back To The Future II in my
company...there's crossing lines and there's crossing lines. I have
a sterling cinephile reputation to uphold, so don't tell anyone I
pushed the Decalogue further down my queue so that I could get
Night Of The Creeps instead. I will watch any documentary, and I
wish Werner Herzog was my crazy uncle. He would take me on magical
adventures beyond space and time.
If you're not going to send me a fun and flirty message, at least
do me the service of watching Upstream Color as soon as possible.
It's streaming, so there's really no excuse. You won't regret
TV Quicklist: Deadwood, Breaking Bad, The Wire, Doctor Who, Twin
Peaks, Party Down, Arrested Development, Mr. Show
), Parks and Rec,
Seinfeld, Cheers, anything Ricky Gervais (update: as long as
Stephen Merchant is involved), Battlestar Galactica, The Shield,
Friday Night Lights, The Sopranos, The West Wing, The Prisoner,
Freaks and Geeks, The Adventures of Pete and Pete (obviously)
Music: This first, Because your day will automatically improve
My computer died a while back, and then my ipod got stolen before I
could back anything up, so my music collection has been whittled
down to almost nothing. It's a sad state of affairs, but it was
actually kind of fun dipping back into my old CD collection from
high school. (Hello Jimmy Eat World...it's been a long time)
Generally though, I'm willing to give a shot to pretty much
anything...stock response, I know, but I think it's true. The Hold
Steady is easily my favorite band from the last few years. They
Might Be Giants were my favorite starting around 4th grade, so I
feel kind of obligated to give them the top spot for longevity
alone. But really, just this on a loop until the end of time:
I've been listening to the score from It Follows on a loop for the
last week or so. I highly recommend it if you want to turn standard
neighborhood walks into trips that plumb the depths of the
fractured suburban psyche. At one point, a peak in the score was
perfectly timed with a child on a bicycle zooming by my side, his
hair that one particilar shade of Childrem Of the Corn blonde. I
stepped aside as he presumably sped off into the night and into the
open arms of He Who Walks Behind The Rows...