Books: I have a soft spot for The Harrad Experiment; it's not a
great work of literature by any means, but it's the book that
convinced me that it's possible to have more than one love in one's
life. (Though it took me forever to figure out that it was possible
outside of fiction.) I read too much science fiction; my particular
weaknesses are cyberpunk (which I define as the literature that
examines what it is to be human through the lens of what it is to
be posthuman) and books that explores gender roles (Sheri Tepper,
Melissa Scott, etc). In January 2012 I started going to the
madfemmepride book club, so I've been reading some things that I
otherwise might not have picked up.
Movies: a few favorites include LA Story, The Wizard of Speed and
Time, Beauty and the Beast (the Disney one, not Cocteau which is OK
but not the one that makes me cry every time I watch it), Up, Don
Juan de Marco, The Purple Rose of Cairo, and The Princess Bride. I
love animation, and also films that play with the boundaries of
reality and unreality.
Music: alternative rock is my #1 thing, but I also like mashups,
electronica/dance for the right occasions, some classic and prog
rock, and folk music. Traditional music is fun when it goes along
with traditional dance but I don't listen to it much the rest of
the time. And I'll listen to Maddy Prior singing anything!
Food: almost anything from Mary Chung's (Suan La Chow Show is a
special favorite), most Indian food, a good juicy hamburger,
freshly baked bread. The things I make best are macaroni and cheese
(baked stuff from actual cheese) and lasagna.