This is overlong and self-indulgent...
Books: Catch-22, A Song of Ice and Fire series, The Great Gatsby,
Candide, Flowers for Algernon, In Cold Blood, Lolita, Raymond
Chandler (the whole hardboiled/noir genre), some Nietzsche, many
cold war era spy novels (Ludlum, Le Carre'...)
Music: Pixies, Modest Mouse, Built to Spill, Talking Heads,
Radiohead, The Walkmen, The National, Grandaddy, Tame Impala,
Grizzly Bear, The Velvet Underground, Sleater Kinney, St. Vincent,
The Breeders, Fiona Apple, Sonic Youth, The Innocence Mission, Big
Star, The Misfits, LCD Soundsystem, Hot Chip, The Smashing
Pumpkins, The Smiths, The Cure, Vampire Weekend, and a lot of Brit
punk/pop. Recently getting into Krautrock as well. Classics such as
The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, The Beach Boys, The Rolling Stones,
Creedence. Duke Ellington, Django Reinhardt, Miles Davis.
TV: Arrested Development, Seinfeld, The Wire, Breaking Bad,
Firefly, Pushing Daisies, Dexter, 30 Rock, Parks and Recreation,
Fawlty Towers, Psych. Futurama is pretty good.
Film: Fargo, The 400 Blows, The Rules of the Game, 2001: A Space
Odyssey, Dr. Strangelove, Oldboy, Casablanca, Amelie, Diabolique,
Badlands, L.A. Confidential, A Fish Called Wanda, Kiss Me Deadly,
Wet Hot American Summer, Y tu Mama Tambien, Harold and Maude, In
Bruges, Sunset Boulevard, Mulholland Drive, Best in Show, Annie
Hall, The Big Lebowski, Rushmore, Young Frankenstein, His Girl
Friday, The Princess Bride, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,
any 40s/50s noir, Monty Python, The Room.
Favorite directors include: Woody Allen, Hitchcock, Coen Brothers,
Tarantino, Wes Anderson, PT Anderson, Billy Wilder, Robert Altman,
Scorsese, Christopher Guest.
Ramen, Thai, traditional Jewish foods. I don't like tomatoes (or
olives), but I put Ketchup on almost everything and love tomato
sauce and salsa.