As much as I hate these kind of discrete lists...
Books: Music for Torching, Lolita, Angelica, Crash and Mrs.
Dalloway are probably topping the list. As for authors, I would say
Vladimir Nabokov, Virginia Woolf, AM Homes, Graham Greene, Arthur
Phillips, Quim Monzo, Angela Davis and Judith/Jack Halberstam. I
have been trying since I graduated to balance more fiction and
non-fiction reading, but I love to read about history, media,
culture and society. I also really enjoy reading a lot of the
reports which are just supposed to be for work - it's handy. Lately
I've been on a kick of history books about the US in reconstruction
through the depression.
Movies: I prefer to be genre-specific, as there are a lot of films
near and dear to my heart, but I shall at least make the quick
attempt and hope that we can have a longer conversation on it. Pulp
Fiction, Zodiac, Frida, Rosemary's Baby, Death Proof, Love Me If
You Dare, We Don't Live Here Anymore. I watch a lot of
documentaries, though often with a distrusting eye. I love David
Fincher and Quentin Tarentino, and think Tarsem Singh is absolutely
incredible. I have a special place in my heart for horror movies -
there's something about re-watching The Shining that feels more
than a little comforting to me. I'm a big movie girl. I was the one
girl who worked at the video store in college, and if I could go
back to any pre-career job, it's an easy choice.
Food... I eat anything, but there is something special about good
fish tacos and a delicate jalapeno margarita. My perfect meal. I'm
trying to expand my palette at the moment so you score points if
you're a cook as well.
There are few types of music I don't enjoy in one way or another.
I've been listening to a lot of Johnny Cash, Elvis and Patsy Cline
lately, but I always am trying to find new and more and different.
I've been playing the piano since I was 8 and rarely do I take a
shower (or make a meal) without singing. I know that's not super
helpful, but my tastes are really eclectic. I love Regina Spektor
and Jenny as much as I love the score from Tosca, and I'm not
ashamed to say that the rediscovery of Blackstreet's No Diggity
last week made my day. I listen to Chopin when I'm reading, Elvis
when I'm in the shower, Jay-Z and Rhianna at the gym, and the Dandy
Warhols when I'm walking down the street. I love to sing along and
have my tried and true karaoke songs ready to go.