Movies: Ikiru, Children of Paradise, Amelie, and probably
whatever's playing on TCM right now. Especially fond of '40s MGM
(Hepurn, Grant, Stewart, etc.) and film noir.
Music: old-school and underground country, country swing,
underground hip-hop. Particularly fond of Blackalicious, Little
Brother, Elvis Costello, Aimee Mann, Dwight Yoakam, and Loretta
TV: Buffy, West Wing, Simpsons (seasons 1-7), Gilmore Girls,
Supernatural, Archer, and occasionally Dr. Who. Generally, I only
like shows that are basically funny and I resist anything that's
very serious and important. So I appreciate the quality of Breaking
Bad, but I'm never in the mood for where it wants to take me.
Books: Italo Calvino, David Sedaris
, Jane Austen, Mark
Twain, the religious-critical books of Bart D. Ehrman and Robert M.
Price. Also, the novels of the Harlem Renaissance
. When I'm
slumming, I'm a sucker for non-romance urban fantasy, a la
Kevin Hearne, Richard Kadrey, Mike Carey. Would love to read more
women in this area, but the genre tends to slip very quickly into
romance, which is often uninteresting because it's so easy to write
it badly. I liked Seanan McGuire's first October Daye book and am
about to risk Ilona Andrews. Fingers crossed! Women writers deserve
Comedy: I tend to like the weird abstract comics like Steven
Wright, Emo Phillips, Maria Bamford
, Eddie Izzard
Martin. And of course I love the Onion and the Daily Show, but who
Food: wish I liked food more, but I've got a bunch of ridiculous
allergies and sensitivities (tree nuts kill me; vinegar and shrimp
make me swell up), so going to fancy restaurants demands I ask the
waiter about the ingredients of everything. I keep it simple, alas.