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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 to the 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 executed 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 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. William
Gibson (slices of life can be even more of an outrageous fantasy on
other planets or time periods).
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: Interstellar, 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, Broad City, Made in Chelsea, Friendzone, Kroll Show, The
Universe, international / fancy house shows, dating shows... I
loved Skins, Seinfeld, The Wire, Homeland, The Hills, Blind
Comedy: Love Rob Delaney's tweets (saw him front row!!) - I kind of
feel like my favorite comedy happens on Twitter now, Jenny Slate
(PubLizity, Bestie By Bestie), Chelsea Peretti, Sarah Silverman,
Amy Sedaris, Jim Gaffigan, Maria Bamford (those condescending
officy woman voices!), Iliza Shlesinger.
Music: EDM (electro-house, trap, dubstep, moombahton), 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...
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 a few years 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...