Books: Good God. I tend to like intelligent satire and humour. Bill
Bryson's a favorite and I've been a fan of Douglas Adams for over
twenty years. I enjoy Steinbeck's evocaticism (is that a word?),
Wodehouse's sense of humour and Heller's excellent timing. I also
read the backs of breakfast cereal boxes. Last but not least, I
adore John Mortimer, if only because I really, really
Movies: I'm omnivorous in my tastes, provided whatever I'm watching
is good for what it is. Action, drama, blockbuster, indy, I don't
give a shit- provided it's done well. Actually, that's not entirely
true; I've lately gone off heavy, tragic documentaries (ie: Darfur,
etc) and I think it`s because I see enough tragedy at work. My
favourite movie of all time is Brazil, but I'll tell you what I
don't like- all the damn John Hughes eighties teen movies. Fuck me,
I remember sitting in the movie theatre actually cringing and
having to look away when the lovable loser of a main character does
whatever he needs to do to spark the horrible misunderstanding
between him and the girl he adores, in order for them to fall
happily in love at the end. Fuckers.
Music: anything with a horn in it. Jazz, classical, ska, whatever.
What can I say? Brass makes me hard.
Food: I'm a massive, massive foodie
who prides himself in his
excellent taste but has a happily low threshold of satisfaction. My
tastes are all over the map and there's very, very little I won't
eat. Seriously- the idea of a good time at a restaurant is to order
randomly from menu written in a language I don't understand.
Example: my last trip was to Vietnam and I was so impressed by the
street food that I'd just point to things on the menu with high
expectations. Brilliant. I also cook a LOT (and I'm pretty good at
it, too) and the idea of relaxing after a hard day is to spend a
half-hour/hour fixing dinner. Right now I'm digging sweet-hot
combinations and slow-cooked comfort food (it's Fall, innit?) and
I'm a year-round freak on the barbecue.
That said, eating, drinking cooking is something I like to do, but
I don't put any personal stock in it. I'm not a
"so-which-trendy-restaurants-have-you-been-to" or a
"I-served-twenty-at-a-dinner-party-last-week" kind of foodie. Those
foodies give foodies a bad name.