What I can see at a glance at my bookshelf from the couch: Italo
Calvino, Jorge Luis Borges, Raymond Chandler, Dashiel Hammett,
Richard K. Morgan, Scott Lynch, Gene Wolfe, H.P. Lovecraft, Homer,
Jeff Noon, Salman Rushdie, etc. I read lots, and I have a very low
tolerance for bad writing.
Movies and TV? Mostly sci-fi, horror, etc.- genre stuff. I do think
I'm reasonably discriminating, though. While I do watch my fair
share of schlock (usually *because* it's schlock, heh), I do try to
look for the more interesting end of the spectrum. Oh, sure, I
watch dramas and documentaries, and mostly stay away from the
really big hollywood blockbusters (Marvel Comics movies excepted,
Music: I grew up in the Goth/Industrial/Punk scene, so music has
always been a big part of my vision of myself. Mostly I've moved
away from all that, though- I made a decision years ago that I
didn't want to be one of those people that listened to the music of
their youth their whole life. Nowadays I tend toward bands like The
National, Beirut, The Decemberists, The Walkmen, etc. I like music
with a sense of style- accordians, strings, horns, and well-written
lyrics get me going. Locally, I'm a big fan of bands like The Bad
Things and Bakelite 78- kind of neo-folk-punk-hobo music.
Let's just skip the food. Drink-wise, I drink bourbon (and other
whiskies) and gin, and I'll admit to being enough of a snob that
vodka mildly annoys me.