Books - Oh gosh, it's too hard to narrow down. Anne Fadiman
absolutely delights me. I've been on a bit of a Kay Ryan poetry
kick lately. I'm currently finishing up Tom Robbins' Jitterbug
Perfume, and wading through some essays by David Foster Wallace.
Recently finished a collection of Calvino short stories, and before
that I tumbled through a wonderful graphic novel called Blue Pills,
by Frederik Peeters - I'd highly recommend it, it breaks down a lot
of the myths around HIV/AIDS and presents a beautiful and
incredibly human insight into the realities of living with it.
Other people whose writings I enjoy include Murakami, Orwell,
Kundera, Eggers, Joan Didion, Dorothy Parker, and intermittently,
for a bit more chewing, old man Chomsky. Also, one of my favourite
books of all time is Le Petit Prince. It's as wonderful now as it
was when I was eight.
Movies - Quirky comedies. Clever satires. Diligent documentaries.
Faulted protagonists. Accidental finds. Disney musicals. Shifting
TV - The Daily Show, Arrested Development, Californication, BBC
nature documentaries, British comedies.
I've been half-heartedly meaning to watch The Wire and Breaking
Bad, but time always seems to escape me. Not having a TV and being
far too lazy to download shows really cuts down on my
Radio & Podcasts - RadioLab, Philosophy Bites, CBC's The
Debaters, Q, Democracy Now!, This American Life.
Music - Almost all kinds, depending on my mood and what I'm doing
at the time. Artists on my playlist right now include: The
National, Tallest Man on Earth, Aphex Twin, Beirut, Cat Power, Bon
Iver, Phantogram, Bill Evans Trio, Yann Tiersen, David Bowie,
Andrew Bird, Television, Felix Mendelssohn, Paul Simon, Laura
Marling, Maria in the Shower, Parov Stelar... To be honest though,
I just siphon most of my collection courtesy of music buff friends
who have better taste in music than me. I also really like any
tunes that I can sing, and will almost certainly like any tunes
that you can sing.
Food - For me this category requires a whole separate discussion.
If you are passionate about food, we probably have a lot to talk