In keeping with my plan to avoid long-windedness, I'm going stick
mostly with genres/subgenres/subjects instead of specifics. Suffice
it to say, within the following categories, my taste is just plain
fantastic and these are good topics to talk with me about. That
doesn't apply so much to food; I don't have particularly good taste
in food and don't know enough to talk about it in great
75-80% non-fiction these days, between school and my own interests.
That generally means a lot of history, politics, journalism, some
biographies... I read a lot about 20th century politics, the Cold
War, the national security state, covert operations, organized
crime, political crime, organized political crime, civil liberties,
foreign policy, geopolitics... Deep politics, para-politics, drug
politics, terror politics, vast right-wing conspiracies (no, not
THAT one). Capitalism and oligarchy. Domestic spying and political
disruption, private intelligence networks, mind-control, propaganda
and disinformation. Drug running, gun running, money laundering.
The Assassinations (JFK/MLK/RFK), Watergate, and other coups. The
China Lobby, the French connection, the Vietnam War, Koreagate,
Iran-Contra. The Nazi diaspora, the Fascist International, the
World Anti-Communist League.
I also like film and music biographies, criticism,
For fiction, I am especially into many different types of crime and
suspense (Rex Stout, James Ellroy, Mario Puzo, Agatha Christie,
Raymond Chandler, Cornell Woolrich, Johnathan Kellerman, A.C.
Doyle). I enjoy horror fiction (H.P. Lovecraft, Richard Matheson),
and occasionally some sci-fi and fantasy. Literary/non-genre
fiction is not off the table, but not a priority.
I like movies that are, in one way or another, sensational,
gripping, or exciting, which usually means genre films (Horror,
Thriller, Comedy, Action, Crime, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, War, Western,
Sexploitation, etc.), though occasionally a good drama or something
along art-house lines will catch my interest. I'm really into films
of the 60s, 70s, and 80s, so I watch a lot more at home than in the
theater, though my tastes are more recent when it comes to
comedies. Some of my favorite filmmakers are David Cronenberg,
Mario Bava, Alfred Hitchcock, Lucio Fulci, John Carpenter, Larry
Cohen, Dario Argento, Jess Franco, Roger Corman, Kinji Fukusaku,
Paul Naschy, Quentin Tarantino... I'm also a Will Ferrell
I lean more towards comedy with shows. Current: It's Always Sunny
in Philadelphia, The League, Archer, Peep Show, Bob's Burgers,
Parks and Rec., Wilfred; Past: Mr. Show, Seinfeld, Fawlty Towers,
Reno 911!, Party Down. I do get into some more dramatic/thrilling
stuff as well, like Breaking Bad, Twin Peaks, Columbo, Star Trek
(TOS), Weeds, OitNB, and The Rockford Files.
I also listen to lots of Black Op Radio and Mae Brussell (Dialogue
Conspiracy/World Watchers International).
Heavy Metal (Is The Law), Thrash/Speed Metal, Black Metal, Death
Metal, Doom Metal, Power Metal, Hard Rock, Punk, Hardcore,
Industrial/EBM... I also dabble in Prog, Pop, and film
I'm a bit picky, and not a foodie. Pizza and cereal are important.
I appreciate a nice steak, a good burrito, a hearty chili (medium
heat), buffalo chicken (ranch not bleu), taters precious, bacon
cheeseburgers, fresh fruit, pasta, garlic lovers hummus... Ice
cream! I drink too much Dr. Pepper. When I drink beer, Bass Ale is
my standby, though I like to try different things.
I think this should be included in this section. I've always been a
big Scrabble fan, and my Words With Friends addiction is growing. I
haven't had a chance to play Trivial Pursuit or Risk in awhile, so
I'm definitely interested if you want to challenge me at either. My
video game playing has dropped off drastically with my return to
school, but I have spent my share of time with all generations from
NES to PS3. Series: Contra, GTA, Assassin's Creed. Also tower
defense games like PixelJunk Monsters and Comet Crash.