Help your potential matches find common interests.
Nonfiction: "As a Man Thinketh," "Manufacturing Consent,"
"Predictably Irrational," "Democracy in America," "Seven Habits of
Highly Effective People," "The Road to Serfdom," "Hackers and
Painters," "Wherever You Go, There You Are"
For one thing, lots of comic books / graphic novels (and I am
entirely unapologetic about this).
"The Wind in the Willows," "The Hobbit," "Starship Troopers,"
"Ender's Game," "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy," "1984,"
"Siddhartha," "Oliver Twist," "Le Morte d'Arthur"
My taste in movies is pretty similar to my taste in fiction, but I
can sit through anything (yes, I'll even suffer with a smile
through your horrendous, soul-killing Hugh Grant / Ryan Gosling
rom-coms). I just can't stand "stupid comedy" (almost anything with
Adam Sandler, Rob Schneider, Jim Carrey, or Asheton Kutcher).
I have a strange love of rewatching iconic scenes from my favorite
movies. Think: Al Pacino's speech at the end of "Any Given Sunday,"
Alec Baldwin's speech at the start of "Glengarry Glen Ross," or the
action scenes from movies like "Gladiator" or "Crouching Tiger,
I LOVE the documentary "Joseph Campbell and the Power of
Game of Thrones, Downton Abbey, South Park, Firefly, The Big Bang
Theory, MST3K, Vikings, Avatar: The Last Airbender / Legend of
Korra, TEDtalks (ok, not technically "TV"). I can sit through most
anything that's not lowest-common-denominator ("Honey Boo-Boo,"
If you're really into watching sports, please don't get too
frustrated with me if I don't know that your favorite team's goalie
is good at hitting touchdowns from behind the three-point line when
the bases are loaded...
I can't imagine caring too much about what kind of music you like.
My own tastes are pretty eclectic (the last three ringtones on my
phone have been "Layla," "Bittersweet Symphony," and "Sweet Child
o' Mine"). If our tastes are really that different, I'm sure that
some combination of compromise, tolerance, earplugs, and headphones
can help us bridge the gap.
I LOVE to cook!
Ethnic cuisines? Almost all of them! Particularly: Italian,
Mexican, Indian, Thai, Japanese (yay sushi!), Middle Eastern (yay
hummus!), African, Chinese (unless it's one of those shady, greasy
hole-in-the-wall places), Irish...
I think the only ethnic dishes I can't stand are blood sausage
(which tastes like it was harvested from the bottom of a goldfish
tank), borscht (which actually tastes the same on its way from your
stomach to your mouth as it did on its way from your mouth to your
stomach), and gefilte fish (if you've had it, you know...).
There's something about farmer's markets that always puts me in a
I'm VERY much a foodie and also a...drinkie? That is, if something
is labeled "Coors," "Lipton," or "Folgers," I'm probably not going
to drink it...