Books: It's always hard to narrow down to any specific books, but I
love Shakespeare, and I've always got time for some Victorian lit.
I probably spend more time reading nonfiction--I can never get
enough of a good history book. Oh, and can't forget Peanuts, by
Movies: Loads of Hitchcock, especially Shadow of a Doubt, Strangers
on a Train, and Vertigo. Pee-Wee's Big Adventure; the Back to the
Future trilogy; Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory; The Artist;
The Room (a cinematic turd so inept, it becomes compelling
viewing); the "Up Series" of documentaries, and the Tora-San films,
a series of 48 bittersweet comedies from Japan. I'm sure there's
more I'm forgetting. Pretty much any pre-1960's film is at least
worth a look.
TV: I don't watch tv much anymore, but I do like Doctor Who; MST3K;
Fawlty Towers; Jem and the Holograms (because it's
outrageous...truly, truly, truly outrageous); the *early* seasons
of The Simpsons (it's a bit sad that now "The Good Years" are
roughly the first *third* of the series' run, but what can you
do?); Beavis and Butt-head (the smartest show ever made about
stupid people); Blackadder; ALF; documentaries on history, science,
and art; Futurama; and my reality show guilty pleasure, the UK
version of Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares (seeing Gordon argue with
some "plonker" about how to cook a scallop is comedy gold!)
Music: I could just list everything on my iPod, but the biggies are
The Beatles; Genesis; Frank Sinatra; the Beach Boys; Foo Fighters;
Elvis Presley; ABBA; Vince Guaraldi; France Gall; Jandek. Probably
more I've forgotten.
Food: When I was a kid, I could have eaten Hardee's hot ham 'n'
cheese's for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Fortunately, my tastes
have boardened since then: Italian, Mexian, Greek, Indian,
sushi...i like a bit of everything.