The greatest novelist of last century was Evelyn Waugh. His best
book was Black Mischef. I'll consider your point of view, but I'm
pretty firm on this point.
I'm a real sucker for multi-part TV documentaries, but not the new
flashy ones. I like narrators and zero dramatisation. Yes, we're
talking the BBC of 1970-2000, PBS, Ken Burns, Frontline and David
Attenborough: television from the era where we weren't considered
stupid and ratings for documentaries didn't matter.
But I've also got more conventional tastes: Firefly should never
have been cancelled, Dollhouse should still be running, Yes
Minister is a gift, Spooks was great until season 4, Nikita needed
to stop after season 1, more people need to know about Janus, The
House of Cards Trilogy and A Very British Coup. Okay. Not so
conventional. I've been known to watch TNG and DS9, dovetailed with
the West Wing.
At the risk of sounding hipster: I have a bit of a thing for
Scandinavian groups. Kings of Convenience, Sigur Ros, Seabear, Anna
Ternheim. I've also been known to listen to Kate Bush ("The hounds
of love are hunting..."), Mahler and a lot of other stuff that my
partner finds unpalatable. Tracy Chapman can bring a tear to my
eye. Does anyone know Feist personally?
I'm a certified foodie. I live by McGee's On Food and Cooking and
own some rather sharp knives that have been responsible any number
of self inflicted injuries worthy of a Darwin award.