Arf. Where to begin? Where to end?
Books: Anything by Ayn Rand. Terry Pratchett
. Sci-fi. Vernor
Vinge. George Orwell. James Webb. Heinlein. Varley. Asimov. Harlan
Ellison. Sometimes A Great Notion. Clockwork Orange. Brave New
World. Any comic by Frank Miller (except HardBoiled, of course),
most by Alan Moore. Cerebus. Preacher. Every word Dash Hammett put
on paper. Kipling. Poe. Mark Twain in a big, bad way. Freakonomics.
Stevey King. Fleming's Bond. Leigh Brackett. Those Who Hunt The
Night. The Berserker series. David Drake. Jack Chalker. The Black
Company series. George R. R. Martin. Lovecraft, and any Cthulu
homage. David Schow. Shel Silverstein. Howard the Duck.
Movies: Miller's Crossing
the Cohen Bros. stuff, really). Shawshank Redemption. Grosse Point
Blank. Anything by Wes Anderson (after Bottle Rocket). ID4.
Gump. The Right Stuff. Everything Mamet has ever done, except for
Vanya, Lakeboat, Heist, and Postman. Casablanca. Maltese Falcon.
Most of the Bond flicks. Just about everything that included Peter
Sellers or Alec Guinness or Paul Newman (most especially Nobody's
Fool). Die Hard-- JUST Die Hard. Most of Kevin Smith's stuff.
Almost all of Spielberg. Woody Allen, when he's not being an
annoying apologist for his own pedophilia. Chris Walken being Chris
Walken. Repo Man. The original Star Wars trilogy. The Godfather
Music: Don't really listen to music much anymore...mostly
podcasts...This American Life, Planet Money, Fresh Air, Savage
Lovecast (Dan Savage), The Moth, Selected Shorts. When musically
inclined, the classic rock stuff...The Who, Rolling Stones,
Beatles, David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd....and some newer
stuff...Cracker, Barenaked Ladies, Alanis...other stuff...Frank
Zappa. Nilsson. Hendrix. Billy Joel. Elton John. Warren Zevon
Food: Artichokes. Greek-- and all Mideastern flavors, actually
(falafel, kibbeh, spanikopita, couscous). Sushi. Junk food. Sweets.
Cheese. Seafood (but not scallops). Broccoli. Lamb. Steak. Celery.
Indian. Chinese. Tacos. Pomegranates. Cranberry (and a dose of
turkey with stuffing to go with it). Fried foods. Corn dogs. Just
about everything else, as long as it doesn't have too much spice to
kill the flavor of the actual food.
TV: The Wire. The
. The Wire. Breaking Bad. I, Claudius. Lost (except for
that one really crappy season where nothing happened). The
Prisoner. All Creatures Great And Small. Sara Connor Chronicles.
Little Britain. The Sopranos. Battlestar Galactica. Thirty Rock
Development. Freaks and Geeks. The Seven Up series. Action. The
Sandbaggers. Hustle. Keen Eddie. Hill Street Blues. Have Gun, Will
Travel. The Rockford Files. The Simpsons. MASH. The Bob Newhart
Show. Soap. The X-Files. Anything by Whedon before Dollhouse. I
mean, really-- what the hell WAS that? Did he just forget
everything about how to make good television all of the sudden? Who
let Dushku in front of a camera? When was that ever a good
Games: Sid Meier's life's work. Portal. Railroad Tycoon 2.
Battlefield: Bad Company. Most of the James Bond titles. The
Fallout Series. Monkey Island, et al.