What else? I grew up in the frozen wastelands of Minnesota, among the kind of people Garrison Keillor describes in A Prairie Home Companion. Living in Minnesota taught me many important life lessons—like how to defrost loved ones in the spring when you uncover their bodies beneath a melting snowdrift—but all things considered, I think I prefer my new California home! I've also lived on the East Coast and spent several years abroad in France and Germany.
I love the outdoors, especially hiking, backpacking, camping, and taking road trips to national parks. I think California is pretty much the greatest place ever—you can visit a new park every weekend and never run out! I also love classical music (of all styles). I sing in a chamber choir and write my own music using computer sequencing software. Recently, I've been trying to explore some new hobbies too, including tennis, board games, and improv theater (where you act without a script and make everything up as you go along). Perhaps you can introduce me to some more!
I love science fiction! Three of my all time favorites are Gene Wolfe's The Book of the New Sun, Ursula K. Le Guin's The Dispossessed, and Kim Stanley Robinson's, Mars Trilogy. Some other favorite novels include Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse, Wallace Stegner's, Angle of Repose, and Richard Adams' Shardik. I like nonfiction too. The best one I read recently was Mark Arax's West of the West, about the immigrant experience in California.
Mostly classical music, but within that I have a wide range of tastes from the Renaissance to 20th-century and contemporary works. Some of my favorite composers are Shostakovich, Wagner, Copland, Monteverdi, Victoria, Rameau, and Bay Area composer John Adams. I also like soundtracks and musicals.
Some Favorite Movies:
Everything by Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli (especially Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke), Children of Men, Back to the Future, Lincoln, Che, Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure.
Some favorite bad movies:
One of my guilty (and dorky) pleasures is making fun of really bad B movies with friends. Some of my all-time favorites are Troll 2, Birdemic, Sharknado, and Manos: The Hands of Fate.
The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, The Wire, Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire, Once Upon a Time, Portlandia, Battlestar Galactica.
Um… I did mention that I like to watch movies like "Sharknado," right?