Books: Um, god, where to begin? I like Dickens, long-winded as he
was, and Great Expectations is probably my favourite novel ever. On
a more modern bent, David Mitchell (he of Cloud Atlas, not Peep
Show), Donna Tartt, AS Byatt and Michael Chabon are all
for-the-most-part-guaranteed wins. I love Catch-22, Lolita, and The
Master And Margarita. On a more genre-y note, I have adored The
Lord Of The Rings ever since I first lost my heart to it as an
eleven year old.
I also like comics (and think the term "graphic novel" is a piece
of adolescent wankery for people who haven't grown out of their own
embrassment). Alan Moore is wonderful at these, and Will
Movies: Coen Brothers, Ealing comedies, Fight Club. I have a soft
spot for old musicals. Eternal Sunshine, Juno, Little Miss
Sunshine, Perseplois. Also, Twelve Angry Men, and it's easy to
forget how great Citizen Kane is as a film. And Pixar- Up has me in
tears every time, and I think Ratatouille is underrated. I saw
Cactus Flower recently (60s film starring Goldie Hawn, Walter
Matthau & Ingrid Bergman) and it was BRILLIANT. Watch it!
TV isn't on here, and I don't really watch it that much, because so
much of it is crap. But when it's good, it can be wonderful- I'm a
fan of Breaking Bad, and Doctor Who, as I've said, is possibly one
of the best fictional ideas ever, however lacking the
implementation can be at times. Old comedy series can be wonderful
too- I'm a big Leonard Rossiter fan.
Music: Indie, i suppose. I like music with interesting lyrics, so
Ben Folds, Pulp, Magnetic Fields, Belle & Sebastian, Amanda
Palmer, that kind of thing. Definitely Emmy the Great.
I am also a big Stephen Sondheim geek. Like I say, I love clever
& complex lyrics.
Food: I'm a big fan of cheese. Also hummus, curry, fish etc. Good
bread. Olives. Vegetables- a good potato is a work of art, and
cabbage is massively underrated. Thrilling stuff, I know.