In the end, I worry listing my favorite cultural items will just
lead to some form of ego-pumping inauthenticity (or, more likely,
boring the reader) but this stuff matters--If you don't like
Arrested Development or some minimum number of things on this broad
list then we will most likely not relate. Yeah, I'm a bit quirky,
but I do get human relationships are made up of more than lists of
interests (all that ineffable/unfathomable garbage like love,
infinity, and black holes). So here goes...
Books: Catch-22, The Golden Compass, Soccer in Sun and Shadow, The
Language Instinct, A Happy Death, The Stranger, Snow Crash, The
Conquest of Cool, A Theory of Justice, Football against the Enemy,
Globalization and its Discontents, The Adventures of Cavalier and
Clay, Me Talk Pretty One Day, White Noise, I Married a
Communist.... poets: cummings, borges, and whitman...
Recent reads I really liked: Life Sex and Ideas, Inverting the
Pyramid, A Song of Stone...
Graphic novels: Understanding Comics, Transmetropolitan, Pyongyang,
The Dark Night Returns, The Long Halloween, The Walking Dead,
Watchmen, Bone, Black hole, Funhome, and Box Office Poison.
Movies: The Usual Suspects, Leon, The Big Lebowski, Man Without a
Past, The Third Man, Some Like It Hot, A Boy and his Dog (You can't
go wrong when you combine a telepathic dog, Harlan Ellison, and Don
Johnson), Princess Mononoke (gotta love Miyazaki), Man with no Name
trilogy, Aliens, Time Bandits, Blade Runner, Sunset Blvd, Men With
Guns, Ghost in the Shell, Star Wars, Aguirre...
Art: In general, I find myself captured by beauty and the sublime
in art everywhere--though my definition of art is sorta loose.
Specifically, I really love socially and politically-oriented art
(think, Siqueiros, Rivera, Kentridge). I also really love social
realistic art-esp photography (eg,
as it relates to capturing life as it was lived. Walker Evans
springs to mind here.
Docs: Planet Earth, The Life of Birds, The Life of Mammals, The
Commanding Heights, The Corporation, The King of Kong, The Thin
Recently: Blackfish, Dirty Wars, and The Art of Killing were all
pretty amazing and sad.
Radio: This American life, RadioLab, On The Media, Science Friday,
Democracy Now... recently The Moth podcast has been a great
Music: Talking Heads, Weezer, J-Dilla, Fela Kuti, David Bowie, Gary
Numan, Brian Eno, Blackstar, A Tribe Called Quest, Modest Mouse,
Prefuse 73, Mogwai, Fleetwood Mac, Cat Stevens, ... tons of other
TV: UK and US Office, Mr. Show, Kids in the Hall, Futurama, Black
Books, Avatar, MST3K, Colbert Report, The Daily Show, Arrested
Development, The News Hour w/Jim Lehrer... recent favs: Modern
Family, and Louie...
Food: Palak Paneer and a good veggie burger. also, all peanut
butter related food items.