I was an English major so books were once a huge part of my
routine, albeit not the soundest life decision. I still hemorrhage
cash at any Half Price Books.
Here's some name-drops for those who care: A Confederacy of
--- John Barth
-- E. L. Doctorow
--- Don Delillo,
(Light in August
is my favorite)
--- One Hundred Years of
--- The Tin Drum
--- some Kafka
--- Vladimir Nabokov
(it's love/hate)--- some Ishmael Reed
and Salman Rushdie
. 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
. I'm currently attempting to read a book on String
Theory and Steven Pinkers' series on how the brain works. For
More name-droppng: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
, Paul Thomas
, Lars von Trier
, Wes Anderson
, The Coen Brothers
Charlie Kaufman /
, Terry Gilliam
(can't vouch for what he's been doing lately...) and Park Chan-Wook
I also giggled like a manchild through the entirety of Napoleon
Dynamite, Superbad, Life of Brian, Waiting for Guffman, and Shaun
of the Dead. Though 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
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.
*edit - I wrote that sentence prior to Bert Cooper's musical
number. The hell was that?
Other than that, most of my favorite shows are cancelled:
-- Arrested Development
(Larry David may be my moral/ethical compass)--
right, Frasier) -- and I legitimately thought King of the Hill
incredibly well-done show. I will say I've started to enjoy
and Black Books
but I'm very new. I'm
also one of those people who won't shut up about how Community
and Parks and Rec
to be better. I enjoy Stewart and Colbert
actually catch them, as well as the occasional
commentary from Rachel Maddow
or Bill Maher
, but all things in
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 enjoy discovering local mom-n-pops and fancier places alike. I
especially like food trucks
but wish they drove to me
instead. I would hand them a small fortune for door-to-door
brisket. I do have these few caveats:
--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.
Uh oh! Better like (or...hate?) the right bands here! Look, I'm
sure we'll find something to enjoy together*. If it's hip hop
I....might like the album cover? They're usually shiny.
*or...mutually criticize? I forget how this works. Most people
take music way more seriously than I do.
Having grown up in a soggy, shrimp-infested, pop-cultural no man's
land, I haven't been to many concerts, but I'll happily tag along.