Some of my favourite novelists: Hermann Hesse (especially "The
Glass Bead Game"), Margaret Atwood (I'll weep the day I run out of
books of hers to read), Haruki Murakami, Orhan Pamuk, Isaac Asimov,
Umberto Eco and Vladimir Nabokov. Also a big Lord of the Rings (now
have beautiful Folio editions of all the Tolkien works, wohoo!).
Oh, and Theodore Zeldin's "An Intimate History of Humanity"!
Some of my favourite film directors: Kubrick, Kieslowski, Kurosawa,
Bergman, any film with a script written by Charlie Kaufman, David
Lynch, Coen Brothers. Plus too many other specific films to
Favourite shows: The Wire, Battlestar Galactica, The Office (UK),
Spaced, Sopranos, Big Train, Extras, The Thick of It, etc.
Favourite music: loads of jazz (Coltrane, Jarrett, Mehldau,
Scofield, etc.) and classical (especially Bach, Bartok and
Stravinsky). Also bands like First Aid Kit, Haim, and singers like
Bjork, Fiona Apple, Joanna Newsom, Joni Mitchell, Lyla Foy etc.
Electronic music like Jon Hopkins, Botany, Four Tet, Matthew Dear,
Tycho, and some rap music like Mos Def.
I'm very passionate about trying to experience great art in
general. My general philosophy is there's too much great art in the
world and not nearly enough time to experience it all, but I'm
gonna try anyway. Always up for recommendations of new stuff.