As I grow older I feel less and less defined by my tastes, and
increasingly reluctant to rattle off a long list of band names as
tribal signifiers. I do have deeply felt attachments to certain
books and music (and film to an extent, although less than the
other two), but am erratic about keeping up with new stuff.
Best two novels I've read recently: Housekeeping by Marilynne
Robinson and Zazen by Vanessa Veselka. Been considering rereading
Infinite Jest for the 3rd time.
Shows: Arrested Development, Breaking Bad, Battlestar Galactica
(this is a comprehensive list of all the TV i've watched in the
last 3 years!)
Music: today I listened to Emeralds, Wye Oak, and Fever Ray.
Magazines: Harper's and Bitch!
Websites: I am addicted to Metafilter/Ask Metafilter, mostly as a
Food: South Indian food, tom yum soup, avocados in dessert
contexts, avocados in non-dessert contexts, polenta, quinoa, yams
yams yams, raspberries, bitter greens, garlic and lemongrass and
cumin and ginger and chilis. Vegetables I grew myself, or that you
grew! I'm really into food preparation and sharing as a means of
social connection. That being said, these days a disturbingly high
percentage of my calories come from burritos and Larabars. I love
to cook, but it takes time, and it's less fun when you're only
cooking for yourself (hint hint).
Tangent: today I learned that beets contain geosmins, the chemicals
responsible for the smell of freshly turned soil after a rain,
which humans can smell at 10 parts per trillion. How awesome is