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Books: Ha! How much time do you have? In no particular order, I
love Carson McCullers, Abigail Thomas, Pam Houston, Flannery
O'Connor, Aurelie Sheehan, Aimee Bender, Alison Deming, Jane
Austen, Sarah Vowell, David Rakoff, David Foster Wallace, Willa
Cather (hello, username!), Truman Capote, Eudora Welty, William
Faulkner, Sylvia Plath (say what you will), Virginia Woolf, Judy
Blunt, Richard Shelton, Rebecca Solnit, Louise Erdrich, Sherman
Alexie, ... on and on.
Movies: I can't remember the last time that I had an uninterrupted
two hours for a movie, so we'll switch this to TV. I love: True
Blood (I thought I was past the "omg vampires!" stage, but
apparently not), The Office, Treme, 30 Rock, Parks &
Recreation, Big Love, The Big Bang Theory. . . On DVD: Carnivale,
Lost, Deadwood, Arrested Development, and Firefly.
My toddler is very fond of Elmo and Clifford.
Music: Patty Griffin, Josh Ritter, and Jim White are my all-time
favorites and roadtrip staples. I also love Kathleen Edwards,
Eileen Jewel, Tom Petty, Ryan Adams, The White Stripes, Lucinda
Williams, any good alt/folk/countryish people. (Well, not like Toby
Keith country, but -- within reason.)