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Books: I like good fiction, compelling non-fiction/long-form
journalism, and smart trashy stuff like mysteries and spy
thrillers. Off the top of my head, Lawrence Wright, George Orwell,
Neil Gaiman, Alison Bechdel, Lionel Shriver, John Le Carre, George
Eliot, Jonathan Spence, Donna Tartt. The best novel I've read in
the last year was The Middlesteins by Jami Attenburg.
TV: Arrested Development and The Wire, obviously. I like them both,
but I think Curb Your Enthusiasm is brilliant, while Seinfeld was
funny. I'm a sucker for almost anything (except Girls) on HBO --
particularly Veep and Thrones -- and I have seen every episode of
South Park at least once. House of Cards and Orange is the New
Black are both great. I keep watching The Walking Dead for some
Movies: Woody Allen--whatever else he may be, he's a movie-making
genius. The Lives of Others, Sneakers, Amelie, Searching for
Sugarman, His Girl Friday, Charlie Wilson's War, Ghostbusters, Best
in Show, Nebraska. I am done going to Wes Anderson movies and
hoping they'll actually be as good as people claim they are.
Podcasts: Ronna and Beverly, Julie Klausner, Dead Authors Podcast,
Comedy Bang Bang, This American Life, Fresh Air.
Food: Anything good, particularly if it's spicy and/or involves
For music, I like Tune Yards, Aimee Mann, Vampire Weekend, Elliott
Smith, St. Vincent, Bon Iver, Of Monsters and Men, Liz Phair,
Radiohead, the Lumineers, Brad Mehldau, Charles Mingus, Dvorak,
Beethoven, and lots more, but I'm actually getting sick of making