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Books: Mostly sci-fi and fantasy because of
aforementioned nerdiness. Neal Stephenson, William Gibson, Terry
Pratchett, Neil Gaiman, Piers Anthony, Chuck Palahniuk. I really
enjoy writers with a conversational style (David Sedaris, too) that
makes reading really smooth. Anne McCaffrey, Naomi Novik, and
Elizabeth Moon. I'm on Goodreads, too, but I guess it's harder to
point people at that without more specific information.
Movies: Action and comedies, mostly, but I'm
always down for a good thriller. The only genre I can't take
seriously is the romantic comedy (unless it's in French). Fight
Club, Nightmare Before Christmas, Lucky Number Slevin, Wicker Park,
High Fidelity, Boondock Saints, Labyrinth, Requiem for a Dream,
Dark City, Amélie, The Big Lebowski. I appreciate movies so much
when their tone and style are consistent throughout.
Television: Community, Psych, White Collar, Suits,
New Girl, Suburgatory (it has proofreading jokes!), How I Met Your
Mother, Futurama, Californication, and a whole bunch of amazing
shows that got canceled before their time.
Music: lots. Alternative, Rock, Metal, Jazz,
Industrial, Ambient, techno, Industrial Jungle Pussy Punk. That
last one is the sole genre capable of defining Mindless Self
Indulgence, which is also the only music in the category anyway.
Other specifics would be Rammstein, Nine Inch Nails, Tool, Magnetic
Fields, Black Lab, Radiohead, Ramones, Evanescence, KMFDM,
Christina Aguilera, VAST, Misfits. I could just go through my
library and list everything that I'm comfortable with letting
people know I listen to, but I have a number of guilty pleasures,
too, that I won't get into here. (Mentioning NIN *and* Christina?
What could I possibly be ashamed about?)
Food: pizza, cereal, fresh fruit. Every time I
watch Lucky Number Slevin, I have to have pb&j (they were
serious comfort food while I was in France, too). I do a lot of
experimentation with rice lately, and I love to bake (cakes,
mostly, but my banana bread is amazing, I promise). I also love
good beer and wine, but I don't drink often or a lot.