I think it might be difficult to keep this answer brief. Fair
I absolutely adore Terry Pratchett's Discworld series of novels,
which I discovered by way of reading the novel he coauthored with
Neil Gaiman, whose work I also adore. They're the only two modern
authors I'm really up to date on, but I have a fantastic collection
of antique favorites as well.
I'm an embarrassingly devoted fan of H.P. Lovecraft, I've only
recently begun reading the Sherlock Holmes stories though I enjoy
them immensely, and I am absolutely enthralled by the writing of
Oscar Wilde. Oh, and Shakespeare; I love Shakespeare.
As far as non-fiction goes, I'm a big fan of the Four Horsemen of
Atheism: Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, Dan Dennett and Christopher
Movies are harder for me to remember, actually. I always think of
favorite films at random times and try desperately to remember
them, only to find an absolute blank when someone asks me about
movies I enjoy. I really liked Shaun of The Dead and Hot Fuzz, as
well as old classics like The Italian Job and How To Steal A
Million. I love the Marx Brothers, Mel Brooks and Monty Python, as
well as anything with Stephen Fry in it. I recently became briefly
obsessed with Asian ghost stories, and found that I really like
horror movies that are more about horrifying ideas and situations
than just jump-out startling scenes.
I don't really watch a lot of television, but I can quite easily
become briefly obsessed with a particular series or other. Doctor
Who, Torchwood, Misfits, Quite Interesting, Life on Mars (the BBC
version, not the crappy American one), Ashes to Ashes (the sequel
series), Blackadder and the Sherlock BBC miniseries have all
captured my attention at one point or another. Oh, I also grew up
watching Star Trek: The Next Generation, and still think of it as
more of a cultural phenomenon than an ordinary television
As far as music, my tastes run to the remarkably mundane. I used to
be quite a little punk when I was a teenager, and still have a
nostalgic fondness for '80s and '90s punk rock, but then I
discovered Flogging Molly and the Pogues, and from there developed
an interest in Irish folk music. Now I tend to listen to the Clancy
Brothers, Tommy Makem and The Dubliners more than anything
I don't really have any favorites in terms of food, apart from a
great love of sushi, distressingly rare steak and good dark beer.
But really, I can eat anything.