Help your potential matches find common interests.
These ones are the toughest for me (if you've seen "High Fidelity,"
I share Rob's difficulty in narrowing things down to a "Top _"
list). To take the pressure off, this is just a top-of-the-head
BOOKS - Faulkner, Rushdie, Dostoyevksy and Shakespeare are the
all-stars (I was an English major back in the day). I also really
like Murakami. Recent (and this is relative) favorites include "The
Marriage Plot," but I also enjoyed the "Dragon Tattoo" trilogy and
"The Hunger Games" (I know, I know -- catching up on literary
fiction is one of my ongoing goals). Currently making my way
through David Shafer's "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot" -- so far, so
MOVIES - All-time favorite is probably "Eternal Sunshine of the
Spotless Mind." But I also love me some Apatow/Ferrell-style
comedies (e.g., "Old School," "I Love You, Man," and of course
"Anchorman" -- yes, even the sequel). If you catch me in the right
mood, I can also get into a foreign flick ("The Diving Bell and the
Butterfly"? Phenomenal). 2014 favs included "Whiplash" and
"Boyhood" (which was robbed in the Oscars!). And I refuse to go to
any theater but the Kabuki.
MUSIC - Ugh. The hardest one. I love good music of all genres
(though commercial country is still hard for me to stomach).
Radiohead is my favorite active band, bar none. The second tier,
however, is massive - The National, TVOTR, Mikal Cronin, Spoon,
Arcade Fire, New Pornographers, Grizzly Bear, My Morning Jacket,
Wilco, Muse, Metric, Phoenix, etc. ELLIOT. SMITH. (R.I.P.). Then
there's hip hop (Roots, Talib/Mos, Nas, Kanye, Lupe, Janelle Monae,
J. Cole, KENDRICK...) and electronic/dance/chill (LCD, Daft Punk,
Justice, Groove Armada, RJD2, Air, M83, Cut Copy, Boards of
Canada...). And how can you deny pop superstars like JT and Bruno
Mars? Love the classic Brit bands as well, especially the Stones,
Blur, Oasis and the granddaddy of them all, The Beatles.
FOOD - I love it all (and consider myself a "foodie" without the
pretension), but developed quite a taste for great sushi and
authentic Mexican while living in LA. As I'm a Pittsburgh boy,
though, I'm still a sucker for some hearty Italian or meat &