My favorite book of all time is "To Kill a Mockingbird". On the
more contemporary side I love pretty much everything Nick Hornby,
Jonathan Tropper, Douglas Coupland and Tom Perrotta have ever
written, and Rob Sheffield's two fantastic memoirs, "Love Is a Mix
Tape" and "Talking To Girls About Duran Duran". The written word is
such a great engine for absorbing the human experience, be it from
fiction, biography, or what have you.
TV: "Mad Men", "Revenge", and "Arrow" are current shows I like. I
don't watch as much TV as I used to but in the Netflix age I have
discovered the occasional joy of discovering a series I didn't see
during it's initial run. ("Friday Night Lights" and "House of
Cards" recently sucked me in!).
I only watch one sport: Hockey (NHL and locally WHL), and I do love
it, but I am not obsessive over it and while I would love to take a
date to a Winterhawks game I don't think every interest has to be
shared. I also never turn down a Timbers, Blazers, etc. invite for
a live event.
I absolutely love music and have wildly eclectic tastes, ranging
from shameless guilty pleasures to contemporary stuff, both
mainstream and indie. The Beatles, Big Star, The Replacements, the
80's and early 90's stuff that guided my youth, singer-songwriters
and really anything that speaks to me or moves me. Lately I'm
really liking Chvrches, The Mowgli's, The Gaslight Anthem, Butch
Walker, and Brandi Carlile. I love hearing new
stuff, as I think a new band can be just as vibrant as old
Movies: "It's a Wonderful Life", "Life as House", "Miracle", "Love,
Actually","This Is Spinal Tap", "Dan In Real Life", the Bourne
triology, "Finding Nemo" (and pretty much everything Pixar has
done), "Goodnight and Good Luck", "Hamlet 2", "Point Break" (yeah,
I said it), and far too many others to list. In the past year
"Mud", "Kings of Summer", and "The Way Way Back" really impressed
me. I have really come to love seeing movies in their 2nd run at
Laurelhurst or Mission.
Food: Really good pizza, Thai, Chinese, Italian, Indian, sushi,
good soups and salads, good BBQ, good vegan... no known allergies
so anything is worth a try.