I tend to read poetry almost exclusively along with some
anthropological/linguistic non-fiction. I also like reading graphic
novels when I have the time and Runner's World and Running Times
whenever I can.
A short list of my favorite writers would be:
Agha Shahid Ali
(In general, I like to read Middle Eastern poetry. It's my big
obsession but I do try to keep up with contemporary poetry from all
over the globe. I really do my best to read the writing of writers
who are actually still writing.)
Some bands/musicians I like are:
Hank Williams Sr.
Lou Reed/Velvet Underground
Old Bruce Springsteen
Florence and the Machine
The Pernice Brothers
Belle and Sebastian
Nick Cave/The Birthday Party/Grinderman
Great Big Sea
And electronic-based music in general. Industrial, chillwave,
indie-electro, sythpop, etc etc.
I try not to watch much TV which is easy because I don't have
cable. With that written, I do watch shows on PBS and I will watch
SNL if I'm at home on a Saturday Night. I also love Breaking Bad,
Boardwalk Empire and Supernatural. And I've been known to watch
Workaholics, It's Always Sunny and Parks and Rec.
I also listen to NPR way too much and I try to catch Coast to Coast
AM but usually ending falling asleep half way through it.
And, I'm a big fan of stand-up -Jim Gaffigan, John Oliver, Patton
Oswalt and Louis C. K. are some of my favorites.
As for movies, I tend to like indie films but honestly I will give
almost any comic-book/graphic novel movie a chance as well as most
comedies. Ed Wood is my favorite movie ever hands down.
And anything by Jim Jarmusch, Almodovar or Wes Anderson. Almost
anything by Tim Burton or Aronofsky. I'm also really starting to
enjoy Woody Allen.
For food, if it's vegan, I'll usually give it a shot. I try to be
as easy as possible when I go out. But, I tend to prefer going to
Asian or Middle Eastern restaurants -there are more choices for
Finally, I'm a big fan of Scotch and dry Spanish wines while at the
same time I could probably pass a blind taste test of all the cheap
beers -Utica Club, PBR, Genny, Rheingold etc.