I read way too much, seriously. I know people say that a lot. My
favorite fiction writer is William Gaddis, Paul Beatty, Donald
Barthelme, and Toni Morrison are also up there; nonfiction might be
Ta-Nehisi Coates or Catharine Mackinnon, and poetry is Louise Glück
or Charles Wright. My overall fave/hero is Ralph Ellison - go read
Shadow and Act! Lately I've been reading a lot about 20th century
urban history and civil rights.
Music: blues, jazz, hip-hop. Representatives include Booker White,
Memphis Minnie, Thelonious Monk, Lee Morgan, Jean Grae, and
Pharoahe Monch. B.B. King is my lifelong Guitar Idol; I probably
won't show you the shrine on a first date. Stuff like this is my
comfort music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=anwfc_Gq5GM
Movies: Ratatouille is obviously the greatest film ever made, but
also My Winnipeg, Killer of Sheep, Gates of Heaven (Morris), The Up
Series, The Emperor's New Groove, Jackie Brown, Control Room, City
of God, Dr. Strangelove, Paths of Glory. I like dumb action movies
if they aren't politically icky.
TV: The Wire, Police Squad!, Orange Is the New Black, Everybody
Hates Chris, Mad Men, Blackadder (<3), FLCL, Adventure Time,
Sherlock. Lately I've been watching Fraiser and, despite some
vintage 90's sexism, I just love Niles.
Food: I'm pescetarian and love fried clams. At home I eat mostly
vegan, but I can really tear through some eggs. I also tear through
hot sauce, about which I've become a budget-level connoisseur.