Books: I read a lot of philosophy and am fond of John Rawls.
I'm particularly interested in philosophy of jurisprudence. In
fiction, I like Haruki Murakami, Salman Rushdie, and Milan Kundera.
I also read some academic journals, particularly those relating to
foreign events and neuropsychology, but also more generally in the
sciences. I'm not above the occasional trashy fantasy novel.
Movies: Hitchcock, Lars von Trier, Jan Svankmajer, Woody
Allen, and Mel Brooks are my top 5; I like interesting,
intelligent, complicated films, ideally with a wicked sense of
humour. I'm not bothered by subtitles.
I sometimes watch Wuxia and Bollywood films too, occasionally some
Anime (Serial Experiments Lain is fantastic) and some
comedy-horror. I enjoy really bad movies, with the help of MST3k or
raw. And yes, that includes Leslie Nielsen films. Sorry.
My two favourite films are "Le Dîner de Cons" and "Direktøren for
det hele". Recently I enjoyed "Nebraska", "The Bothersome Man",
"Die Wand", and "Postal".
Shows: When I make it home, I usually queue up a bunch of
stuff on Youtube (Chromecast FTW!), including the most recent White
House Press Conference, maybe an Intelligence Squared debate, and a
smattering of other stuff like QI and Mock the Week. I have Netflix
for older stuff; I liked pre-remake Doctor Who, MST3k, and Deep
Space 9. I don't follow and am generally not familiar with anything
that's on TV right now, or am at least a few seasons behind.
Shows (the other kind): I try to see G&S and Wagner
whenever I can, and otherwise enjoy on- and off-broadway
productions. I recently enjoyed seeing "No Man's Land".
Music: Dar Williams, Fiona Apple, Firewater, Balkan Beat
Box, Plaid Tongued Devils, VNV Nation, Vienna Teng, Bad Religion,
Panorama Jazz Band, Oingo Boingo, Molly Lewis, Die Prinzen, Splin,
Tom Lehrer, Phil Ochs, Scott Joplin
A few favourite songs:
Fiona Apple - Paper Bag
Dar Williams - Iowa
Avril Lavigne - My Happy Ending
Celtas Cortos - Retales de una Vida
EdnaSwap - Trivial
Emiliana Torrini - Dead Things
Food: I don't eat meat. At home I make Avocado rolls, stews,
pancakes, and rice/bean burritos. I also eat a lot of fruit. When
out I tend towards Indian and Mediterranean food but also like a
good sandwich. Occasionally I'll take the long trip into NJ to get
Wawa subs (and enjoy the adventure).
Drink: Tea. Lots of tea. Some of which I get shipped from
other countries. Lapsang Souchong in the winter, White and Yellow
tea in the summer. Sometimes Guayusa, Rooibos, or other tisanes. I
don't drink alcohol often (triggers migraines) and when I do it's
mostly white wine or cider; I dislike the taste/smell of
Comedy: Dara o'Briain, Frankie Boyle, Lewis Black, Steven
Wright, Sarah Silverman. I like my comedy dark, irreverent, and