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I have far too many books to easily pick favorites, but some
authors I keep coming back to are Terry Pratchett, Tim Powers,
Patricia McKillip, Diana Wynne Jones, Michael Chabon, R. A. MacAvoy
and Barbara Hambly. Gene Wolfe was on this list, but I've found the
reactionary gender politics in his recent books too unpleasant to
get past. Neal Stephensen's books are a lot of fun and occasionally
approach seriousness. Neil Gaiman writes excellent comic books, but
I don't think his novels are up to the same standard. Last Chance
to See was Douglas Adams' best book.
Shakespeare, John Donne and T. S. Eliot are some of my favorite
famous dead white men. Nabokov is my latest addition to that list.
Wendy Cope gives them all a run for their money as my favorite
poet. I've read a fair number of popular interest books on
economics (Freakonomics and so on) but I'm not sure I'd really call
I'm less of a packrat about movies. Some of my favorites are Donnie
Darko, Grosse Point Blank, Boondock Saints (although I suspect I
want it to be more tongue-in-cheek than the director did), and the
first two Aliens movies. Or at least those are some of the ones I
Marvel's superhero movies work as well for me as the next geek, but
I wouldn't call most of them art. Pacific Rim, on the other hand,
was brilliant in its well-executed simplicity. The Illusionist was
well worth a rental (back when that was a standard that mattered),
as were Sweeney Todd, Brick and Sideways. I liked Dr. Horrible's
Sing-Along Blog as well as the next geek, but I thought the ending
was too much of the usual Joss Whedon schtick.
I've never seen a Humphrey Bogart movie without at least some
My music's varied. A lot of it's mainstream within its genre, but I
like many superficially incompatible genres. In other words, I
might wear a Ministry tee shirt to a Dar Williams concert. I have a
lot of Leonard Cohen, Love and Rockets, Bob Dylan, Bauhaus, Sisters
of Mercy, Suzanne Vega, Siouxsie and the Banshees, the Pixies and
the Pogues. In the indie category, the big names are Neutral Milk
Hotel, the Decemberists, the Mountain Goats, the National and the
New Pornographers. Florence + The Machine and Metric also move
I have a weakness for singer/songwriters, especially women with
guitars; Erin McKeown is my favorite local example. Aimee Mann's up
there too. Back when they still toured, I saw the Dresden Dolls
live more times than I can easily count, but I haven't gotten much
into Amanda Palmer's solo career.
My favorite foods usually involve garlic, capers, olives or some
combination of the three. I prefer red wine to white.