Books: Oh, so many to choose from! Let's see (I'll list authors
rather than books, and order is alphabetic rather than preference):
I've read most books written by Douglas Adams, Margaret Atwood,
Alessandro Baricco, Julian Barnes, J.M. Coetzee, Amitav Ghosh, Dave
Eggers, Jeffrey Eugenides, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, John Irving,
David Mitchell, Amélie Nothomb, Haruki Murakami, Salman Rushdie,
Jonathan Safran Foer, Shaun Tan and they all have written at least
one book (and often more) that I would recommend everyone to read.
I'm forgetting many more, and I limited the list to fiction, but it
gives already an idea. Apart from literary fiction, I also enjoy
thrillers (the best one I read last year was 'Before I go to sleep'
by S.J. Watson), non-fiction (particularly about science and
history) and poetry (in Dutch: Herman de Coninck, Rutger Kopland
and Ted Van Lieshout are amongst my favorites).
Movies: Nowadays, I don't go as often to the cinema as I used to,
but I still enjoy it a lot. Recent movies I enjoyed are Dallas
Buyers Club, Gravity, Blue Jasmine, Frozen, and Inside Llewyn
Davis. If I had to pick a favorite director, I'd go for the Coen
brothers, but there are many more that I like. In general, you'll
have a bigger chance of finding me in alternative cinemas rather
than the Kinepolises of this world, although I do have a soft spot
for animated movies and am most definitely not snobbish about
commercial movies (as long as there's a good story, I'm not
TV shows: I liked The Killing quite a lot, as well as Breaking Bad
and Game of Thrones - most HBO series are my cup of tea. Speaking
of tea, as for comedy, I still like the British series the best:
Green Wing, League of Gentlemen, Smack the pony, and of course
classics like Monty Python and Blackadder.
Music: here also, I have an eclectic taste: the more variety the
better. I like contemporary bands (such as Eels, Mumford &
Sons, Elbow, The National, Sigur Ros, Fleet Foxes, alt-J, Muse,
...) as well as more classic rock and singer-songwriters (the
Beatles, the Stones, Bob Dylan, Randy Newman, Bruce Springsteen,
Nick Drake, Daniel Lanois, Dire Straits, Tom McRae), world music,
folk or cross-overs (Manu Chao, Gotan project, Goran Bregovic,
Beirut, Loreena McKennitt, Madre Deus, and many obscure folk bands)
but also enjoy classical and even contemporary classical (Arvo
Part, Ludovico Einaudi, Wim Mertens, Johann Johannson, Nils Frahm)
music, and - to a lesser extent - jazz.
Food: I eat anything, but have a preference for the Asian
(particularly sushi and Thai curries) and Italian cuisine. I really
like spicy food; and if not spicy, I prefer it seasoned otherwise
(coriander, nutmeg, cumin, oregano, ...), life's too short to eat
bland food. Particularly when eating out, I like a glass of good
beer or wine with dinner as well. As for other drinks, I have a
minor coffee addiction.
I'm not a great chef, but I like cooking and experimenting in the
kitchen - and yes, the results are edible :-)