Books: I love Shūsaku Endō’s “Silence,” as well as the non-Japanese
Graham Greene (Graham Greene). I try and read everything by Sam
Lipsyte, Gary Shteyngart, Jeanette Winterson, and DBC Pierre.
Recently read "Deep Road to the Narrow North [not Man Booker worthy
if you ask me]," "The Language of Food," and now on to a book on
Kim Philby "A Spy Among Friends," which is really good so far
[finished this, now reading "The Martian"].
Movies: Movies directed by Danish guys and people named Anderson
(is that redundant?). Cool Hand Luke. I have some Peter Pan
tendencies, and in the dozen or so DVDs I own (from when people
still owned DVDs) you can find “Babe
II: Pig in the City,”
("it's tough when you're a pig alone in
the city") and “The Iron Giant” next to the original Harry Hamlin
“Clash of the Titans.”
TV: Mostly HBO stuff. I think Julia Louis Dreyfus’s character on
Veep, Selina Meyer, may be my ideal woman
. I watch Game of Thrones, Leftovers
(I like all Tom Perrotta's stuff), etc. and I'm one of 5 white guys
who still watch boxing. Louie. I once won a costume contest dressed
as Tobias Fünke.
Music: Stuff your dad listened to if your dad wasn't
. Also late 90s-early 2000s sad bastard music (think
Neutral Milk Hotel) and more folksy stuff (Iron & Wine). I’m
pro-Banjo. I first got into David Byrne from the "Little Monsters"
soundtrack (take that, hipsters). My favorite Beatle is George Harrison
(the squirrel on sax kills me every
time). I'm not a music snob, and have been known to sing "I'm so
pants-y" while getting dressed in the morning.
Food: Spicy/spiced food, especially Szechuan peppercorns. I have
the Indiana Jones of palates (excepting Crystal Skull, of course).
I like to cook and can wrap a mean stuffed grape leaf.