Standard disclaimer: These are just random fragments of what I
consider my favorites. I would have a very hard time picking one
favorite from each category.
Books/Authors: The Giver, Orson Scott Card, L.E. Modesitt Jr.,
Diana Jones, Terry Pratchet, Douglas Adams, Philip Pullman, David
Eddings, Terry Goodkind, Susan Cooper, Kafka, Hawthorne, Jean Auel,
Gary Larson, Scott Adams, Anarchic Dance, Envisioning Dance. I feel
like I really should be into Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series
but I have to have tried starting it at least 5 times and have yet
to make it to chapter 2.
Movies: Anything by Hayao Miyazaki/Studio Ghibli (Naussica, Grave
of the Fireflies, Spirited Away, etc.), Strictly Ballroom, The
Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Mr. Holland's Opus, Across The Universe,
"Our Kids" - home movies my parents made of us 5 kids while growing
up, Pete's Dragon, The Incredibles, Matilda (seriously... if you
need a good laugh you should watch it; it's ridiculous). NO horror
movies... I've never seen one and never want to either. Blood,
gore, and gratuitous violence don't really do it for me
Music: a million billion/Ryan Smith, Alva Noto and Ryuichi
Sakamoto, Leslie and the Ly's, Sara Hickman, The Beatles, Ben Folds
(Five), Richard Newton, Arthur Benjamin, Grieg, Joe Hisashi,
Kraftwerk, Tracey Chapman, Karl Jenkins (every now and then),
Claude Bolling, Weird Al, some Gershwin, a few musicals... I can
appreciate a lot of things. Oh, and No Strings Attached may be one
of my favorite bands ever. I don't mean the N'sync CD or the Govi
CD... I mean the folk band. Who I've met at acoustic music
festivals and been in workshops with. Yes, I'm a nerd.
Food: pretty much anything my dad makes (he's Italian) as long as
it doesn't have gross stuff that I don't like in it (I'm a picky
eater), garlic bread, oyster crackers, ice cream, pizza, green
beans, steak, more stuff too... but I am pretty picky. I try to
bread at least
twice a week and also attend bi-monthly bacon
parties, which are incredible
bacon-themed potluck gatherings. Bacon X will be on 10/10/10.
Choreographers (you know... other people add video games and
whatever so I feel entitled to put this section): José Limón, Jiri
Kylian, Lauren Thompson, Carla Maxwell, Caryn Heilman, Priscilla
Nathan Murphey, Jane Weiner, Liz Aggiss, Lloyd Newson.