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Books - Anything NOT by Ayn Rand. 'Objectivism' gets a disdainful,
titanic shrug outta me, even though I do understand the empowering
appeal of the self-reliant, individualistic discourse.
Various feminist and social theory literature. Mostly from the
likes of bell hooks, Patricia Hill Collins, Michel Foucault, and
I should read a lot more considering how much I love reading, but I
never got into the habit of picking up novels.
Movies - Pan's Labyrinth, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,
Miyazaki films - particularly Princess Mononoke and Nausicaä of the
Valley of the Wind, Persepolis, Slumdog Millionaire, Total Recall,
Brokeback Mountain, Rent, Juno, There Will Be Blood, A Beautiful
Mind, Looper, The Fifth Element, As Good As It Gets, Inception, The
Shawshank Redemption, The Matrix, Star Trek, Shortbus, American
Beauty, American Psycho, American History X, Superbad, Crouching
Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Amélie, Trainspotting, Star Wars IV - VI, The
Avengers, X-Men - First Class, most Pixar films - particularly
Ratatouille, Toy Story 3, Wall-E, and Up, Gravity, Seven Years a
Slave, Her, How to Survive a Plague.
Music - Yoko Kanno, Yann Tiersen, The Velvet Underground, Arcade
Fire, Frank Ocean, Kanye West, Adele, The Beatles, The Rolling
Stones, Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, Tegan and Sara, Daft Punk, Queen,
Feist, Florence + the Machine, The Cure, Oasis, Dream Theater, The
Postal Service, Radiohead, U2, Interpol, Metric, Pendulum, The
Killers, Weezer, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes,
Macklemore, Of Monsters and Men, The Lumineers, Alabama Shakes,
Janelle Monae, Lorde, Of Monsters and Men, Owen Pallett, Passion
Pit, Eta James, Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
Video games - Chrono Trigger, Chrono Cross, Final Fantasy IV, V,
VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XII, Planescape: Torment, Baldur's Gate II -
Shadows of Amn and Throne of Bhaal expansion, Fallout 2 and 3, The
Legend of Zelda - Ocarina of Time, Link's Awakening, Link to the
Past, StarCraft, Super Mario World, Super Mario RPG, Mass Effect 1,
2 & 3, Dragon Age: Origins, Knights of the Old Republic I &
II, Metroid 2, Super Metroid, Secret of Mana 2 & 3, Terranigma,
Suikoden II, Star Ocean II, Lunar - The Silver Star Story, Every
Donkey Kong Country, Parasite Eve 1 & 2, Breath of Fire III +
IV, Heroes of Might and Magic III + IV, The Witcher 2, Sleeping
Dogs, any of the Civilization games.
TV Series - Firefly, Arrested Development, Archer, The Venture
Bros, Supernatural (just for the fluff), Buffy the Vampire Slayer,
Battlestar Galactica, Star Trek - Deep Space Nine, Star Trek - The
Next Generation, Community, Game of Thrones, The Daily Show, Last
Week Tonight with John Oliver, The Colbert Report, Key and Peele,
The Chappelle Show, The Wire.
Food - My days frequently revolve around this. Favourite staples of
the Tara diet include steak, pho, ramen, pasta, and sushi. I will
eat anything, as long as it's made well. I've become a bit of a
snob about pizza after having lived in New York, and I also know my
Chinese food enough to understand that few places in North America
compare in quality to Chinese food here in Vancouver. Really
though, Chinese food is always great when you're drunk. I'll eat at
any hole in the wall without a peep unless someone starts chiming
up about how amazing their unseasoned, poorly made hipster
appropriation of Asian food is. Or start talking up Pizza Hut as if
it's anything more than a dressed up cardboard stuffed with cheese