Films: American Movie, Head On, Lake of Fire, Live Free and Become,
Superbad, Annie Hall, Anvil, The Wackness, Rambo, Tombstone, All
About my Mother, Nacho Libre, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo
Drift, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Darjeeling Limited, Rushmore,
Almost Famous, High Fidelity, Rocky, Buck, Korean Revenge Films
(The revenge trilogy, The Man From Nowhere, etc)
(An overwhelming number of coming of age stories.)
Shows: Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Wire, Deadwood, Battlestar
Galactica, The Sopranos, Mad Men, Bored to Death, Eastbound and
Down, Cowboy Bebop*
*I'm not a big anime and can name probably three manga's off the
type of my head. This show has awesome music and really, really
interesting sci-fi/western/old time Americana aesthetic. Its only
26 total episodes but they are all pretty awesome.
Books: Portnoy's Complaint, Goodbye Columbus, Juliet Naked....Lad
Non-fiction (more of what I read): A Peace to End all Peace, Myth
of the Military Nation, really well written Social Sciences in
I've started considerably more books than I have finished...
Music: I'm most knowledgeable about Mid 90s rock and classic rock.
I peaked in my music pretentiousness as a 12 year old. Soul Asylum,
Alice in Chains, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden. I'm making solid
headway on the Wu-Tang canon. Ghostface Killah is my favorite
member of the Wu, But I'm adamant that Masta Kkilla's Sais No Date
was the best of the Wu Tang Canon
Rather than give food generally I'll give select dishes.
Pabellon:rice, black beans, fried plantain, an egg, and a skirt
beef tomato stew. A piece of white cheese. Maybe an Arepa or maybe
some yuca (just boiled, not fried. Apparently no one knows that you
can just boil yuca and eat it) Typical Venezuelan lunch.
Iskender Kebab: yogurt, kebap meat, bread, sour tomato sauce, and
butter. When the balance is right it is awesome. When done poorly,
its a sloppy mess. Turkish dish
Kokorec: fried sheep intestines chopped up and served on a
sandwich. Really, it is awesome. Turkish dish
Pachamanca: Peruvian style pig roast
Anticucho: Vinegar marinated cow heart, cooked on an open flame.
Why we don't eat cow heart in America is a mystery to me.
Hallacas: Corn meal packed with meat, olives, capers, raisins
(optional but nice), wrapped in a banana leaf and then boiled for
four hours. Bean versions are pretty nice. Venezuelan Christmas
Empanadas: Self explanatory except that you should never ever use
wheat flour. Corn flour only!