Help your potential matches find common interests.
(RED FLAG #6) I think that it's kind of a rip that these are always
the prompts/categories for an interests section. What about my
favorite designers (I seriously think that reveals more about who I
am than the food I like), what about my favorite brand for pens
(Uni-ball, Pentel Sign Pens & Staedtler), what about my
favorite LED manufacturer (Xicato & Cree), or what about my
favorite tree (Japanese Maple). I wonder what it says about our
society that "books, movies, music, & food" are the things
assumed to be most telling of who we are, or just the thing we will
all have specific preferences regarding. Anyway, I digress.
Current Read(s): Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset
Previous Read: Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of
Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami
Authors: Murakami, Nabokov, Neal Stephenson, John Brunner, DFW,
Kenzaburo Oe, Dave Eggars, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Bill Bryson, and
so many more.
Playwrights: Orton, Stoppard, Hare, Coward, Deavere Smith, Brecht,
Ibsen, and Churchill.
Plays (I've seen): Brand New Ancients; Here Lies Love; The
Pillowman; Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson; The Elaborate Entrance of
Chad Deity; Money (at Shunt, message me if you've seen this and
want to talk about it...seriously); Take Me Out; Sinner; Betrayal;
Crave (ok, only a staged reading, but that's ok for this one in my
mind); Question Time; and Play Without Words.
Movies: This list is really, really impossible. It would take up
pages & pages. I will say that I deeply identify on a personal
level with High Fidelity (RED FLAG #7) and on a cultural level with
Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle.
TV: I think there has been something of a renaissance in television
of late and will shamelessly admit I kind of love it. Standouts
from the semi-recent past include: House of Cards, Comedy Bang
Bang, Mad Men, Battlestar Galactica, Walking Dead, Flight of the
Conchords, Game of Thrones, Friday Night Lights, Archer, Community,
Shameless (US version, haven't seen the UK one yet), The Office (US
and UK), The IT Crowd, Downton Abbey, The Trip, and 30 Rock are
favorites of the recent past. Digging through the archive I find:
Firefly, Arrested Development, Sports Night (if you have seen this
show and love it we should talk because I am always trying to
convince friends (usually unsuccessfully) to watch it), Coupling
(UK), and Mr Show to really stand the test of time. Oh, and I have
a fondness for HIMYM because I may actually be Ted Mosby. (RED FLAG
Music (recently): The Civil Wars, The Head and the Heart, Jukebox
the Ghost, Langhorne Slim, Josh Ritter, Frightened Rabbit, Lost in
the Trees, Dirty Projectors, Andrew Bird, The New Pornographers,
The Jezabels, The Tallest Man on Earth, Bon Iver, Rilo Kiley, Pokey
LaFarge, Savoir Adore, Purity Ring, Hannah Georgas, The Blow, The
Mountain Goats, Crooked Fingers, The National, Menomena, Metric,
Ben Lee, Belle & Sebastian, Pedro the Lion, The Eels, Smetana,
Glass, and Bartok.
Radio (ok, Podcasts really): 99PI, This American Life, Wiretap,
Wait Wait Don't Tell Me, Invisibilia, Criminal, The Truth, Snap
Judgment, Ask Me Another, On The Media, Radiolab, Freakonomics,
Planet Money, The Nerdist, and Car Talk.
Food: Good food. I'm a believer in Michael Pollan's philosophies
largely. I eat just about any cuisine. Bonus should we date: I'm
pretty decent in a kitchen.