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Books: Cosmic Bandidos, any Hunter Thompson, Homage to Catalonia
(any Orwell non-fiction), Vonnegut, TC Boyle, The Ask, Steinbeck,
Wonder Boys, Richard Russo, Consider the Lobster, ... Lots of
stuff. Generally, I enjoy pop non-fiction like Michael Lewis, funny
essay/humorists like Sedaris (I've also read Bossypants, Sarah
Silverman and Mindy Kalings' books), Pulitzer novels with a comedic
bent like Russo or Michael Chabon, medieval history (4th Crusade
what), and whatever else. Yes, I might judge you based on your
bookshelf. I'm sorry.
Shows: True Detective, Game of Thrones, Masters of Sex, Veep,
Boardwalk Empire, Downton Abbey, Top of the Lake, Top Chef, House
of Cards, Breaking Bad, The Wire, Workaholics, South Park, 30 Rock,
Frisky Dingo, Vice, The First 48, Girls, Nathan for You, Archer...
You know, all that white people shit. And food shows. Chopped is
awful now, but I hate-watch every episode. I don't know why.
Food: All. I never get tired of Mexican, or trying to make the
perfect salsa, guac, or chile verde. I make raviolis for the
Movies: I write about movies for a living, so I'm just going to sit
this one out for the sake of brevity. I will say that I've watched
Magic Mike on cable at least three times in the past year, and that
I'm pretty much president of the Matthew McConaughey fan
Music: Look, I'm not very cool. I listen to very little pop and hip
hop. I like anything punk, post-punk, pre-punk, or proto-punk,
pretty much any rock with major chords that's vaguely obnoxious
and/or vulgar, like me. Yes, I was into ska in junior high. I like
some classic rock, the non-cheesy, non-prog rock kind. I also like
Otis Redding/Sam Cooke-type oldies, and just about any Motown. I
can name pretty much any pop or indie rock song from 1993-1998.
Assorted early rap. Occasional indie rock. Older country, like
Johnny Cash/Hank Williams, or rockabilly and rocky country. I know
next to nothing about electronic music and its assorted acronyms.