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).
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" -- psyched for 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). 2013 favs-so-far include "Gravity"
and "In a World..." And I refuse to go to any theater but the
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,
White Rabbits, Arcade Fire, 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...) and electronic/dance/chill (LCD, Daft Punk, Justice,
Groove Armada, RJD2, Air, Burial, Grimes, M83, 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, 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 &