Books include the Children of the Star trilogy and Enchantress from
the Stars, both by Sylvia Loiuse Engdahl, and Terry Pratchett's
wonderful Discworld series (I believe my favorite was The Fifth
Elephant)... also a big fan of Good Omens, Terry Pratchett's
collaboration with Neil Gaiman. So sad about Mr. Pratchett's
disease. Oh, and the Veganomicon!
I love Miyazaki movies (especially Spirited Away, Howl's Moving
Castle, and Castle in the Sky)... and I don't think I've ever seen
Spirited Away without first making veggie sushi. :) Kung Fu Hustle
was pretty darn wonderful, and the nerdy side of me really, really
appreciated Scott Pilgrim. Pixar movies like Wall-E and Up are
extremely lovely. That said, while I don't like more violent stuff
nearly as much, if you've seen both The Usual Suspects and Fight
Club, then I have a terrible joke to tell you.
I don't watch TV a lot, but Firefly and Arrested Development are
both good. I actually have watched more Japanese anime than
live action stuff... some of my favorites are/were (in no
particular order) G-Gundam, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Tengen Toppa
Gurren Lagann, Cowboy Bebop, Outlaw Star, Tenchi In Tokyo, Magical
Shopping Arcade Abenobashi, and the Gundam Wing movie Endless
Waltz. And most things Miyazaki (as noted above).
Music includes the piano rock of Ben Folds, the uplifting folk-punk
of Defiance, Ohio, the wonderful indie / chamber pop goodness of
The Never and Lost in the Trees (and the Polyphonic Spree, too),
sometimes some They Might Be Giants, Paul Simon / Simon and
Garfunkel... I'm not sure what classical music specifically, but
certainly some of it would count, too.
As far as food, other than my vegetarian-itude, I'm not
particularly picky. Middle Eastern, Indian, Thai, American, Italian
sometimes, Mexican, bubble tea, general food-type food... I also
enjoy cooking. I tend towards experimentation, which usually
doesn't end in disaster, but again, the Veganomicon is a wonderful