(A) I love non-fiction. "Stiff" by Mary Roach and "Krakatoa" and
"The Madman and the Professor" by Simon Winchester
are three of
the best books I've read recently. Oliver Sacks
is another favorite
author of mine.
I do read fiction at times, and I really enjoy juvenile fiction.
Since I'm interested in literacy and literacy education, I try to
read the books on school reading lists. There have been some
amazing works produced since I graduated high school. "Coraline" by
Neil Gaiman and "The Giver" by Lois Lowry are hauntingly good
reads. If I want amusement, I often turn to Roald Dahl and James
I'm also a comic book/graphic novel fan. I used to collect comics,
but now I tend to read webcomics primarily. I have been amassing
quite a few non-fiction graphic novels of late due to an interest
in the applications of comics in education. It's fun to tell others
that I own a comic novelization of the U.S. constitution.
(B) I tend to be picky with movies. I guess that some of my faves
in recent years have been "Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the
Were-Rabbit," "Little Miss Sunshine," and Fritz Lang's
"Metropolis." Pixar movies are another favorite pleasure. A movie
that I truly love but have difficulties with watching at times is
"Proof." That movie hits home in many ways.
I also tend to really like documentaries, especially those made by
(C) I tend to have TV or talk radio on in the background. I love
NPR's programs, especially "Wait Wait Don't Tell Me."
On TV, I am often tuned into cooking shows. I am a big fan of
"Chopped" and "Good Eats." While I loathe most sitcoms, "How I Met
Your Mother" is my somewhat guilty pleasure.
(D) I tend to have eclectic music tastes. Josh Ritter
and The Shins
are often on my
playlists. They Might Be Giants
also a long lasting love of mine.
are my two
biggest loves. Black beans
, and cereal
are also major parts of my diet.
I'm a huge veggie eater as well, and have begun to wonder and be
concerned about the potential LD50 of celery.