(A) Ayn Rand (non-fiction), Terry Pratchett, Octavia Butler
(Parable of the Sower, and Parable of the Talents, esp), H.P.
Lovecraft (Dream Quest of the Unknown Kadath, esp), Charles Stross
(The Atrocity Archives esp), Sheri S. Tepper, Pat O'shea (Hounds Of
The Morrigan), Haruki Murakami (Hard-Boiled Wonderland And The End
Of The World), Tove Jansson, Robert Graves, Kim Stanley Robinson,
Charles Dickens (Bleak House, esp), Charlotte (Villette, esp) and
Emily Bronte, Ann Radcliff, Larry Niven, Thich Nhat Hanh, Jane
Austen, Garth Nix, John Le Carre, Don Nigro, Tom Stoppard, Ben Okri
(The Famished Road and Stars of the New Curfew esp), Shakespeare,
Herbert Spencer (or "Herb" as he liked to be called), Jerome K.
Jerome, Connie Willis, P.G. Wodehouse, Nathaniel Hawthorne (House
of the Seven Gables, esp), Victor Hugo (Toilers Of The Sea
esp)...maybe I should leave room for other things...
(B) Enchanted April, Amelie, Lovers Of The Arctic Circle, and When
Night is Falling - I am an idealist and a romantic as well as a
dromaeosaurid. Also Brain Candy, Donnie Darko, The Matrix, Iron
Monkey, LOTR, Mulholland Drive, Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill 1&2,
Time Bandits (ah, the days of REAL midgets
), Labyrinth, I've Heard The
Mermaids Singing, Mansfield Park, Smiley's People, Tinker Tailor
Soldier Spy, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Ghost In The
Shell, Prospero's Books, Monty Python movies...
TELEVISION: Poirot (with David Suchet - the ultimate Utahraptor),
Yes Minister and Yes Prime Minister, South Park (often but not
always), PUPPIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD!, Reno 911, Crank Yankers,
Trigger Happy TV, Tipping The Velvet...which is kind of a movie but
also kind of tv...MOVING ON.
(C) Weird Jazz (Cowboy Bebop sound track for example), klezmer,
blues, folk, VIOLIN MUSIC if its well done, punk and ska as long as
it's silly rather than political (inarticulate baby leftists annoy
me even more than their more articulate elders), some metal, some
bluegrass, only a little country, madrigals and baroque music, most
chamber music, Philip Glass, Kronos Quartet, Shostakovitch, duduk
(D) West coast Vietnamese, Vietnamese in general, Mexican (what
I've had here), HOME COOKED PERUVIAN FOOD IS THE BOMB. It's true.
Anyway, Thai food (curries), Italian (not the cheese and meat
soaked variety however), Greek, Ethiopian, Moroccan...basically all
good vegan food in its many guises. Not that I'm vegan. Really.
That would make no sense me being a Utahraptor and all.