I'm kind of a lunatic for Shakespeare and classic literature. My
dorm at school is usually littered with random Harold Bloom
criticisms and the sundry works of other crotchety bastards that
take 'theatre' to a hyper-meta and self-serious next level.
Kierkegaard says it's human nature's attraction to the absurd that
draws people to religion -- well, it's literature for me.
Movies and I have a pretty strange relationship, too. Like, I can't
stand super well-produced action movies, but I LOVE those awfully
ham-fisted productions that estranged german producers release as
some sort of tax write-off. Oh man, those Uwe Bull movies are
terribly good. Haha, I'm not actually an adrenaline-movie junkie,
I'm a little partial to dramas, so that was a weird tangent back
there. Anyway, I get it, yeah, you're looking for a list. Soooo, in
the pantheon of my top movies, I'd say Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet,
Fistful of Dollars and Mall Rats rank pretty high.
Ostensibly, I should hate video games in my burgeoning adulthood,
but whatever, they're still pretty awesome time wasters!
Faux serious scenario: (Bro) "Yo dawg, wanna go out hunts some
tight biddy tonight! C'mon, 'ronas and 'ritas down at Phi Kap!"
(Myself) "Naw, broheim, I'm totally level 23 and rollin' deep with
some fiery-death-purple armor, I can't creep tonight"
So yeah, for the those still reading, that might be a wee bit
hyperbolic, since I'm not so awful and maladjusted that I put that
shit above actually doing things with people. I do have some
nerd-guy tendencies, though; and I am kinda reserved until I learn
someone's boundaries -- how crass and smarty-pants I can be around
Food-wise I'm sort of picky. Chances are, if the meal's preparation
is more involved than talking into an intercom or opening a bag
with my teeth then I'll probably hate it.
Okay, okay, you want lists -- I know.
Plays: Hamlet, King Lear, The Importance of Being Earnest, Cat on a
Hot Tin Roof, Miss Saigon and The Glass Menagerie
Books: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (Hunter S Thompson <3),
Tender is the Night, Through the Looking Glass, The Hero with a
Thousand Faces, To the Lighthouse, Dandelion Wine, The
Fountainhead, Ubik and Captain Corelli's Mandelin
Movies: Fistful of Dollars, American Beauty, Doctor Zhivago, Mall
Rats, Brick, Throne of Blood, Primer, Evita, The Talented Mr.
Ripley and Rocky
Music: Uffie, Opeth, In Flames, Creayshawn, Crystal Castles,
Crystal Method, The Decemberists, Sleigh Bells, Heartsrevolution,
Queen, Madonna, Opeth, Passion Pit, Santigold, Frank Sinatra, Gin
Blossoms, Lisa Loeb and Westside Connection
Games: Jenga, Jet set radio, Warcraft III and World of-, Pokemon
Snap, Battlefield 2, Rez, Audiosurf, Frequency, Monopoly, Candy
Land, Tony Hawk 3 ('Cause, who cares about spine transfers?) and yo
how about some Croc?
TV: I don't watch too much anymore, since cable is kind of an
anachronism at this point. Though, I still kinda have this ironic
appreciation of the WWE-- especially for all its tasteless story
contrivances and hubris