Favorite book: Oh man this is tough... I guess maybe the true crime
classic "Murder Machine" (listing this as my favorite book is
likely a dealbreaker for most of the very few people who are still
reading at this point in the profile). But I will read just about
any nonfiction book I can get my hands on as I am interested in
everything (except sports - though I do like biking and exercising
in general, if those count as sports). As far as fiction goes, I
like quite a bit of Stephen King's stuff (favorite novel is "The
Regulators", and favorite short story is "The Raft"), and anything
by Edward Gorey.
Lately I have been reading every article in Harper's or The Baffler
written by Thomas Frank that I can find. His work fascinates me and
regularly cracks me up; he's a funny guy. I got bogged down halfway
through "The Wrecking Crew" though.
Speaking of which, "The Baffler" and "Harper's" are the only
periodicals I read regularly at the moment. They're both fab.
No, I've never read anything by Murakami. I have a degree in
Japanese language and literature, but I have never read
Favorite movie: "Goodfellas", no contest. Other favorite movies
include the original "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" ("it's a nice
picture... you can pay me now!"), "Deliverance" ("now you're gonna
do some prayin' for me boy, and you better pray real good..."),
"Fargo", "The Godfather" 1 and 2 (3 is just OK), "A Bronx Tale",
"This Boy's Life" ("WHAT ABOUT ME?! WHEN IS IT EVER DWIGHT'S
TURN?!") "The Departed", "The Gangs of New York", "Mean Streets",
"Casino", hell anything by Scorsese, and "The Social Network" ("You
don't have to study... because you go to BU.")
TV shows: There's nothing on right now that I'm really into. I
liked Law and Order when Jerry Orbach was on (I've got Orbach
Fever!). Jesse Martin was also quite cool. Sam Waterston is a dork
and his beady little eyes are too close together. I also liked the
Simpsons a lot until about 1997 or so, when it started suckin'
enough to stop watchin'. I checked out some episodes from like 2011
and they were practically unwatchable.
No, I have never watched "The Sopranos".
Music: I love old time/traditional/Celtic/etc. fiddle music. I play
the fiddle, banjo, and mandolin. I also like (but cannot play) a
lot of older rock stuff (especially The Who), and American and
British pop music in general until around the late 90s or so. I
like a lot of the recent techno stuff as well, though it's more
"interesting" to me than "fun/entertaining", if that makes any
Food: a properly cooked steak covered with blue cheese crumbles,
grilled onions, and grilled mushrooms. And good pizza. BAD pizza is
like my kryptonite.