Books: Mostly nonfiction - Politics, economics, state of the world
kind of stuff, psychology. Occasionally fiction - in the style of
the romantic and the glamorous. Fiction that I have enjoyed include
things like Brett Easton Ellis (but I wish he stopped with the
narcissism and related amazing descriptions of our fall-of-Rome
type culture and didn't continue on into actual horror), Jane
Austen (just like the next one ->), F. Scott Fitzgerald (he's
honest in distilling the essence of life to love, money / power,
and the wonderful / romantic details of American culture), "Prep"
(I went to this kind of school growing up - love to read about the
carefully execute patina of the preppy lifestyle as I was tortured
by it for 18 years), "Crazy Rich Asians" (ridiculous modern
fantasy), David Sedaris (sometimes I think he is just anyone like
me who happened to actually write - love the self depreciation and
embracing (or at least writing and talking a lot about) the
negative - so human and real), things like that... Also all those
suffering with nothing books, like Zora Neale Hurston and Toni
Morrison, etc. Every pirate voyage, sail around the world, explorer
type book. I'm kind of into those magical realism books by Anthony
Doerr (friend from high school) - so human in the gritty but
beautiful / graceful stories he tells.
News: Love Rachel Maddow (I would cry if I met her), L.A. Times,
New York Times, The Economist, Mother Jones, All In With Chris
Hayes, every lefty article posted on Facebook and Twitter, science
Movies: I like to watch them! (ha) Recentish one's I remember
liking: Blue Jasmine, Her, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Spring
Breakers, Les Miserables, Moonrise kingdom, Bridesmaids, Black
Swan, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry,
Pina, The Hunger Games series (especially the society part in the
beginning), In Time, Inception, Atonement, Pride & Prejudice...
I like Woody Allen, and I love a lot of (new) foreign films.
Rom-com's (This Is 40)...
TV: The Colbert Report, Frontline, It's Always Sunny In
Philadelphia, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Downton Abbey, Breaking Bad,
Girls, Made in Chelsea, Friendzone, Kroll Show, The Universe,
international / fancy house shows, dating shows... I loved Skins,
Seinfeld, The Wire, Homeland, The Hills, Blind Date...
Comedy: Love Rob Delaney's tweets (recently saw him front row!!) -
I kind of feel like my favorite comedy happens on Twitter now,
Jenny Slate (PubLizity, Bestie By Bestie), Sarah Silverman, Amy
Sedaris, Jim Gaffigan (Midwestern zen master), Maria Bamford (those
condescending officy woman voices!).
Music: EDM (electro-house, trap, dubstep), mashups, rap, pop,
indie, Classical, Classic Rock... I go to EDM shows every few weeks
and dance, even though I am about twice the age of almost everyone
else... I like to go to the symphony on occasion. I grew up in a
home that played classical music and show tunes and stuff like that
constantly and I love it as background music... I have little
aversion to pop music but I prefer it remixed with some bass or
house or something. I have been to more than 50 Dead shows in my
youth but don't listen to that kind of music too much anymore (but
am still secretly a collector). I love to make fun of it and be
made fun of for my hippie past... I used to live in a community of
NW indie musicians and artists (and am still friends with some - K
records / Olympia stuff) but I have never been super into that kind
of music (aside from how simple / smart it can be - I LOVE the
Food: Japanese / Thai / Mexican / limes / cilantro / mint / basil /
kale / heirloom tomatoes / fresh fish / sharp cheese / magical free
range eggs / goat milk / sprouted bread / Middle Eastern / Korean /
anything new, different, weird... (But... I do eat chicken burritos
almost everyday to save time and money - I know, it's weird). I
LOVE the subtle amazingness of food and sense memory (especially
grilled / smoked things) -one of the richest corners of the human
experience, BUT I would survive if food was in pill form... I don't
like the word gastropub. Or gastro anything. Gross. Not a fan of
pretense or things that sound like gas.
I like walking around sometimes on First Thursday / First Friday
and going to similar art things. I mostly don't like art that I
experience, but I love being near it, and I LOVE some of it. The
people can be good, and it makes me feel super energized and alive.
It's almost like it's so boring, and bad, and not good, and
challenging to your attention span, that it makes you super happy
and the whole rest of the world seem so great... Like meditation,
or like a punk show in a super bare room with hardwood floors. Not
too into Last Thursday except in a kind of perverse sociological
fascination (also to be enjoyed at raves and jam band concerts).
Don't get me wrong, I am perversely fascinated, and I do go to
raves (occasionally). I like to see performance art when I learn of
it (I have really liked Laurie Anderson and Miranda July over the
years) Love the Yes Men. Have enjoyed modern dance at
I've somehow lived a life of only occasionally going to bars and I
barely even know what the common drinks are, etc. I know you all
want some dark handsome man who likes scotch or whatever but that
shit is gross...
I like going to musicals and plays on occasion (I saw 'Legally
Blonde: The Musical'. It was AWESOME)...
I like going to lectures when I learn about ones that I am
interested in. (I used to go to art lectures sometimes (I would
still like to go for the things that I like the most), I saw the
Karl Rove / Howard Dean debate awhile back...) I have gone to
economics lectures, architecture lectures, different things like
I have gone to many poetry readings and I love parts of them but
also find it hard to pay attention... Once I saw this guy in white
pants do a spontaneous freestyle slam poetry thing on the steps of
the Esprit factory in San Francisco... Then he threw Starbursts all
over us -SO good...