Help your potential matches find common interests.
I hemorrhage cash at any Half Price Books.
Current favorites: Salman Rushdie, Philip Roth, Milan Kundera,
Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Catch-22.
Holdovers from college: John Barth, Don Delillo, Doctorow,
Faulkner, Nabokov, Thomas Pynchon (love/hate), Flannery
Not so much into poetry or classical lit, but I smile and fake it.
I read my share of nonfiction too, mostly political stuff,
especially Matt Taibbi, Chris Hedges, Thomas Frank and Barbara
Ehrenreich. I'm currently attempting to read a book on String
Theory and Steven Pinkers' series on how the brain works. For
Too many to list, I tend to go for more indie, arthouse, foreign,
washed down with something incredibly stupid.
Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Paul Thomas Anderson, Lars von Trier, Wes
Anderson, The Coen Brothers, Charlie Kaufman / Spike Jonez, Terry
Gilliam (earlier), early-to-mid-career Woody Allen (can't vouch for
what he's been doing lately...) and Park Chan-Wook. But I also
giggled like a manchild through the entirety of Napoleon Dynamite,
Superbad, Life of Brian, Waiting for Guffman, and Shaun of the
Dead. I've got little patience with rom-coms, torture porn, and
superhero 'splosion movies.
I also enjoy really terrible "so bad it's good" stuff as well, so
if you know something on par with Troll 2, The Room (I sincerely
wish Tommy Wiseau had an entire canon of work), Birdemic, Riki-Oh:
The Story of Ricky or anything begging for the MST3K treatment,
we'll get along.
I might secretly think Mad Men is the best written show currently
on TV. Watch me fail miserably as I try my damnedest to redeem Pete
Campbell for you.
Other than that, most of my favorite shows are cancelled:
30 Rock, It's Always Sunny, Arrested Development, Curb Your
Enthusiasm (Larry David may be my moral/ethical compass), Breaking
Bad, Frasier (that's right, Frasier), and I legitimately thought
King of the Hill was an incredibly well-done show. Others include:
The IT Crowd, Black Books, Stewart and Colbert, Bill Maher, Rachel
Maddow (in moderation).
Sorry, ladies: I have a guilty affinity for Family Guy and South
Park. I apologize for that. Occasionally, my Y-chromosome asserts
itself and can only be lulled by cutaway gags.
"You had me at meat tornado" - Ron Swanson.
--I dislike cilantro, which my tongue reads as toothpaste
and grass. You can barely get a waffle in this city without a
heap'n help'n of cilantro.
--Fun fact: I find shrimp to be vile, inedible creatures. Surely
they must violate some health code somewhere.
--I find wine a chore to drink, but I enjoy stouts,
porters, and anything with gin or bourbon in it.
I'm sure we'll find something to enjoy together (or...mutually
criticize? I forget how this works. Most people take music way more
seriously than I do). If it's hip hop I....might like the album
cover? They're usually shiny.
I don't have a "type." In the last 30 minutes, my Spotify shuffle
played The Mountain Goats, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes,
David Byrne, Alabama Shakes, M. Ward, Dan Mangan, Nina Simone, and
two or three white guy indie bands I can't tell apart that all seem
to have the word "bear" somewhere in the title. Cause indie. Plus
several I wouldn't dare admit on here. You'll just have to date me
and catch me in the act.