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Not sure about specific books, but some of my favorite authors are
Alan Moore, Douglas Adams, Philip K. Dick, F. Scott Fitzgerald,
Lemony Snicket, Elmore Leonard, Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Stieg Larsson
and Upton Sinclair.
Movies: Pretty much anything good, but some particular favorites
are Star Wars, Indiana Jones, The Dark Knight Trilogy, The
Prestige, Memento, The Big Lebowski, The Man Who Wasn't There,
Barry Lyndon, Barton Fink, The Shining, Back to the Future, The
King of Kong, Tombstone, Hugo, The Sting, Jackie Brown, Django
Unchained, Mulholland Dr., There Will Be Blood, Bonnie and Clyde,
anything Mel Brooks made, anything Pixar, and many more.
Shows: Lost, Doctor Who, Adventure Time, The Simpsons, Star Wars:
The Clone Wars, Scandal, Orange is the New Black, Archer, Bob's
Burgers, Regular Show, Animaniacs, Burn Notice, Firefly, Sherlock,
Breaking Bad, MST3K, the first three seasons of Spongebob
Squarepants, The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy.
Music: The White Stripes, Lemon Demon, The Aquabats, The Strokes,
Queens of the Stone Age, Them Crooked Vultures, The Black Keys,
Philip Glass, They Might Be Giants, The Raconteurs, The Dead
Weather, Reverend Horton Heat, Th' Legendary Shack Shakers, The
Unicorns, Leonard Cohen, Rick James, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The
Kills, and movie scores (especially those by John Williams, Michael
Giacchino, Thomas Newman, and probably others I'm missing. Also,
the soundtracks for Tarantino movies are generally amazing).
Food: Pasta. Really all sorts of Italian food.