Some books off the top of my head that I enjoy:
Albert Camus - The Stranger
Richard Bach - Jonathan Livingston Seagull
Daniel Quinn - Ishmael
William Gibson - Neuromancer
Gabriel García Márquez - One Hundred Years of Solitude
Max Brooks - The Zombie Survival Guide (you're gonna regret not
knowing what to do for the outbreak :P)
Here's something I find to be beautiful:
In Xanadu did Kubla Khan
A stately pleasure-dome decree:
Where Alph, the sacred river, ran
Through caverns measureless to man
Down to a sunless sea.
So twice five miles of fertile ground
with walls and towers were girdled round;
And there were gardens bright with sinuous rills,
Where blossomed many an incense-bearing tree;
And here were forests ancient as the hills,
Enfolding sunny spots of greenery.
But oh! that deep romantic chasm which slanted
Down the green hill athwart a cedarn cover!
A savage place! as holy and enchanted
As e’er beneath a waning moon was haunted
By woman wailing for her demon-lover!
And from this chasm, with ceaseless turmoil seething,
As if this earth in fast thick pants were breathing,
A mighty fountain momently was forced:
Amid whose swift half-intermitted burst
Huge fragments vaulted like rebounding hail,
Or chaffy grain beneath the thresher’s flail:
And mid these dancing rocks at once and ever
It flung up momently the sacred river.
Five miles meandering with a mazy motion
Through wood and dale the sacred river ran,
Then reached the caverns measureless to man,
And sank in tumult to a lifeless ocean;
And ’mid this tumult Kubla heard from far
Ancestral voices prophesying war!
The shadow of the dome of pleasure
Floated midway on the waves;
Where was heard the mingled measure
From the fountain and the caves.
It was a miracle of rare device,
A sunny pleasure-dome with caves of ice!
A damsel with a dulcimer
In a vision once I saw:
It was an Abyssinian maid
And on her dulcimer she played,
Singing of Mount Abora.
Could I revive within me
Her symphony and song,
To such a deep delight ’twould win me,
That with music loud and long,
I would build that dome in air,
That sunny dome! those caves of ice!
And all who heard should see them there,
And all should cry, Beware! Beware!
His flashing eyes, his floating hair!
Weave a circle round him thrice,
And close your eyes with holy dread
For he on honey-dew hath fed,
And drunk the milk of Paradise.
By Samuel Taylor Coleridge
The TV I watch says something about my personality? In that case I
mostly watch old TV shows on DVD if I'm watching the TV, otherwise
I'll watch informative TV but I don't spend much time on the TV, to
be honest. An hour a week if that. Maybe an hour a night on
Netflix. If you want a list of what I may be watching on TV that
isn't informative or educational, it's probably:
The Walking Dead
PBS Nova (oh wait that's informative and educational ;) )
Music is extremely important to me. Too important to dedicate a
small space here to it. I don't really listen to pop music (of the
American kind), but I still give it a shot. I enjoy just about
everything else, even foreign stuff. Seriously, my collection
ranges across all genres of music that I can think of! I'm probably
one of the few young drivers of New York City that usually is
driving with either Classical music (www.wqxr.org
) or some form of
electronic/industrial music, though.
Here, give this a listen. I dare you.
Hopefully you've been moved.
There's no food I love more than home-cooked food. I've had to cook
my own food for most of my life, and that's a wonderful thing.
Ninjas also like pizza, as those teenage turtles have so
wonderfully shown us. I stick to Chicken, Turkey, Tuna, and Salmon
for meat, though most of my week is filled with vegan sources of
protein (I'll dabble in non-traditional meats for sushi, like eel
or other sea creatures), otherwise the rest of my diet is fruit and
vegetable based. Oh, and I absolutely adore milk, like a
brainwashed child of the big Milk push of the 80's (there's nothing
like the smell of a warm glass of milk and a touch of raw honey
just before hitting the sack!).