I love to read, mostly fiction. I'm quite fond of most things that
are somewhat fantastical in nature. Some favorite authors include:
Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, Douglas Adams, Tom Robbins, Ernest
Hemingway, George R. R. Martin, and Christopher Moore, just to name
a few. I like anything that uses vivid imagery, rich language, and
tells a compelling story. I also read things that were written by
women, you know, sometimes.
Now reading: "Moby Dick" I'm in a book club... it's pretty much the
only way I think I'd get through this book. At this point, I'm
waiting for the part where "the end makes the previous 800 boring
ass pages super worth it." I'm still dubious.
Just finished: "Haunted" by Chuck Palahniuk. This is potentially
the most disturbing book I have ever read. It made me
uncomfortable, depressed, terrified, anxious, indignant, appalled,
and a whole host of other largely unpleasant emotions. I couldn't
fly through this the way I read most things. I had to take time to
contemplate it and digest. I wasn't always in the mood; sometimes
the prospect seemed far too daunting. And I'm sure anyone who
watched me reading it on the train must have wondered what the hell
I could have been reading that could make my face contort as
grotesquely as it undoubtedly sometimes did. But despite all of
that, it was still compelling in the way that most horror stories
are: you know where the demons are, you know how you could avoid
them, but something keeps pressing you further and further because
you -need- to experience them for yourself. I don't think there are
many people who can write those demons better than Palahniuk.
Resuming: "Winter's Tale" by Mark Helprin - It's finally cold
enough, but the downside is that I think I have to start over
completely. It's been too long since I put it down.
Favorite drama: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Favorite romantic comedy: High Fidelity
Favorite comic book movie: Watchmen
Favorite black and white movie: His Girl Friday
Favorite movie-musical pre 1980: Singin' in the Rain
Favorite movie-musical post 1980: Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Favorite foreign film: Amelie
Favorite documentary: Jiro Dreams of Sushi
Favorite book-to-movie adaptation: Perks of Being a
Favorite Mel Brooks film: Young Frankenstein
Favorite Wes Anderson film: Royal Tenenbaums
Favorite Christopher Guest film: This is Spinal Tap, which I guess
is technically Rob Reiner... so if we want to be SUPER technical,
then Guffman, but really... Spinal Tap.
Favorite totally ridiculous movie: Anchorman
Favorite Muppet movie: Muppets Take Manhattan
Favorite Pixar film: Monsters Inc.
Favorite classic Disney animated film: Beauty and the Beast (though
my favorite Disney prince is Philip from Sleeping Beauty, largely
because he actually has a name... and a personality)
Favorite total chick flick: Pride and Prejudice
Favorite stereotypical high school movie: 10 Things I Hate About
Favorite quintessential 80s movie: Better Off Dead
Favorite Christmas movie: It's a Wonderful Life
I'm sure I could come up with endless categories but would anyone
really read them? Or care? I will say, however that "Favorite
horror film" does not appear here on purpose, because I really just
can't do horror movies. They give me nightmares.
The TV shows I tend to follow closely are exceptionally British
(Sherlock, Doctor Who, Downton Abbey, Spy), but I do love some 30
Rock, Modern Family, Psych, South Park, Archer, and a number of
other things. Every now and then, I'll work through a series on
Netflix but lately, I just don't have the time.
I enjoy many kinds of music, though I'm not that into rap, hip hop,
overly electric things, screamy things, or country, but there are
usually individual artists within those genres who are exceptions.
This is not going to be a really representative list in any way,
but I do particularly love Radiohead, Regina Spektor, Death Cab,
Jets to Brazil, and Fiona Apple.
Things I'm currently listening to too much: Langhorne Slim, Horse
Feathers, Annie and the Beekeepers, Andrew Bird, Hey
In case you happen to be into musical theater and these names mean
anything to you, my main composer loves are Michael John LaChiusa,
Sondheim, Jason Robert Brown, Kander and Ebb, and a bunch of alums
of NYU's Graduate Musical Theater Writing Program whose names will
soon be Broadway staples.
Favorite foods are hard for me because I do seriously love food.
Honestly, I don't think I could ever date a vegetarian. We can be
friends, I can even cook some awesome things for you, but one of
the things I love most about food is sharing it, and if I'm going
to make some amazingly delicious chili or lamb meatballs... it's no
fun at all if you can't (or won't) also taste it.
Dessert might be my favorite thing, I have a sweet tooth that could
kill a hippo (see above re: good fat kid). Brunch is my other
favorite thing. I constantly struggle over whether I want sweet or
savory for brunch, ideally both would happen (ex. waffle sandwich).
Pork--meaning all kinds of pig-based meats--is my third favorite
thing (not third in order of preference, just third in the order in
which I'm mentioning them). Also cheese is possibly the best thing
ever. Possibly better than dessert. See? I said I couldn't pick
favorite foods... or favorite anything else.