TL;DR: Books--Yes please. Films--Oh my!. TV--Sure. Music--All over
the place. Podcasts--Quite a few. Food--Spicy.
I have obsessions with authors and consume them like water. I
identify more with authors than books. Possibly my favorite book of
all time is The Sailor Who Feel From Grace With the
Sea by Yukio Mishima. A great author and intriguing man. I
also have read a huge chunk of Philip K. Dick's
works, and love his veiled social commentary more than the plot of
the stories. I was turned onto Octavia Butler
recently and can't recommend Blood Child enough. I used to think
that comic books are for kids, but Alan Moore and
Grant Morrison proved me wrong. The Sandman series changed my young
mind about literature and the art of writing. Alison
Bechdel made me wish I were a Dyke. I've recently decided
that I need to read Urcula La Guin.
Here too I tend identify films more with directors than individual
films. I pride myself on my collection of films. David
Cronenberg was at the top of my list of highly respectable
directors (recently he's made some films I'm not happy about). I
love his campy early b-horror films nearly as much as his later
works. I'm still inspired every time I view
Videodrome and Naked Lunch, and I
love reflecting on them even after at least a dozen viewings.
David Lynch is the director who shocked me into
realizing that a movie is more than just 90 minutes of brain
pleasure: it can be something to look at, decipher, and discuss.
I've spent countless hours pouring over Kurosawa and Ozu films,
which has even led to my interest in understanding Japanese culture
and films (though that has waned of late). I went as far as to
collect most of Hitchcock's films in an attempt to understand what
the general obsession with him as director is: I learned that North
by Northwest and The Birds are crap (although Lee Edelman made me
rethink the later), and his greats are the slightly less popular
Shadow of a Doubt and Rear Window.
I'm not all serious and high brow about film though, my comfort
food of film is horror. Every October I watch at
least one horror movie a night, and I try to make as many of those
nights horror films I've never seen. I enjoy 80's-esq speculative
fiction action movies a lot: Total Recall,
Robocop, and Starship Troopers will hold special places in my heart
forever. I enjoy a good cry from time to time as well: I still need
a box of tissues every time I watch Grave of the Fireflies.
When I say that I can listen to every kind of music besides
pop-country and contemporary pop music, I'm not lying. I'm even
flexible about both of those categories. Artists that I continue to
find myself floating back to include: Talking
Heads, David Bowie, Sonic Youth, Sufjan
Stevens, Fever Ray, Scout Nibblet, The Avalanches, Ani DiFranco,
The Knife, Akron/Family, Ween, and Animal
Collective. Sometimes I'm in the mood for not so great music that I
can bounce my head to or space out with The Sword, Bloody
Beetroots, and Slugabed. My tastes are all over the place, and my
mood greatly effects what I'm listening to. Also, I'm horrible with
names. I usually forget lyrics and artists names. I usually feel
lucky when I remember band names.
I love food. On a first date once I had fried intestines at a
Chinese restaurant for the simple reason that I'd never had the
opportunity to try them before. When I used to live in Louisiana my
favorite delicacy was boudin, a rice filled
sausage in natural casing. I love Pho, and fell in love with it at
a Vietnamese friend's house. His mother handed me a piping hot bowl
of broth and a plate with raw meat on it and a giant bottle of
sriracha hot sauce. I was in heaven. I love
cooking, and eating all forms of food. I'd love to have or make
some food with you, or for you. The only stipulation is that I
can't eat red meat (I'm allergic to beef proteins, and so my
stomach has problems digesting other red meat since I don't eat it
This is at the bottom because I have a hard time with this
category. Getting me to watch a TV show can be like pulling teeth.
However, once I've been prodded enough to realize a show isn't
going to be Full House I do enjoy quite a few shows. Game
of Thrones, Girls, Mad Men, Twin Peaks,
Six Feet Under, Arrested Development, Doctor Who, and
Flight of the Conchords are all shows that I'm
grateful to have been pushed into watching and have rewatched many
of them (except Six Feet Under, which I really want to see again).
I also have a tiny crush on Chef Ramsey, so I’ll watch anything
with him in it (almost).
I'm sorta new to these! I have an Android phone that allows me to
sync these up w/o any hassle. If you think of anything I need to
add to my list let me know, I'd love more. Currently listening to:
Grammar Girl, Savage Lovecast, RPPR,
Radiolab, This American Life, Know Direction,
Polyamory Weekly, and Freakonomics.