I absolutely love T.S. Eliot and I enjoy Ogden Nash. Sometimes I
think James Joyce's Portrait of the Artist As a Young Man and F.S.
Fitzgerald's This Side of Paradise are eerily similar to my life in
certain respects. Musically, I really like the Airborne Toxic
Event, but I listen to a lot of different things depending on my
mood, John Prine, Johnny Cash, Leonard Cohen, Jack's Mannequin,
Feist, A Fine Frenzy, Sara Bareilles, The Heavy, Childish Gambino,
2Pac, and The Pogues, just to name a few. Also, Jenny Lewis can do
no wrong. So far as television shows go, the only thing I really
watch regularly are certain comedic shows like Community, SNL,
Archer, and Workaholics, although my newest obsession is HBO's The
Newsroom. Currently I'm following Archer Vice and Community.
Planning on finishing the last season of HIMYM all at once when
"If you only read the books everyone else is reading, then you can
only think what everyone else is thinking." -Murakami
The irony is that almost everyone I know have read Kafka on the
The Bridge over the River Kwai and Shoes of the Fisherman are two
of my favorite movies. The books were very good as well, they
actually complement each other quite well. I don't know when it
started, but movies based on books apparently used to be just as
good as the books were. Lawrence of Arabia was probably the most
powerful (English-speaking) movie I've ever seen. Peter O'Toole's
lines in that movie were so quotable. Star Wars (the original
trilogy of course) will always remain sacred to me.
(Me watching a movie)
My brother: What's going on? Why's everything so fast?
Me: Everyone's on crack.
Brother: What? What's wrong with you?
(I usually watch movies in 1.5-2x speed.)
Jeff Lebowski's got his shit figured out.
I've seen a ton of foreign movies too, and a lot are worth
mentioning. Shintaro Katsu's Zatoichi series is brilliant, but
Takeshi Kitano's 2003 version was just slightly better, 2006
Johnnie To film "Exiled" is powerful, and Sergei Parajanov's 1968
"Sayat-Nova" is probably the strangest "trippiest" movie ever, I
don't care how weird you think your favorite youtube video is,
Sayat-Nova is mindblowing. Biographic depiction of the Armenian
legendary poet's life as a traditional Armenian poem-song. Utterly
It feels a bit odd to talk about Chinese movies as "foreign" when
mandarin is my first language.
Also, did you know that in China, Chinese food is just called