Fiction: Murakami, Zorba the Greek, On the Road, Bukowski,
Vonnegut, East of Eden/Grapes of Wrath (Steinbeck in general),
Dharma Bums, Great Gatsby, Hemingway, Bashevis Singer.
General Non-fiction: Game Change ,Nate Silver, Michael Sandel,
Chomsky, Zinn, McDonaldizaiton of Society, Outliers, Race Matters,
The Tipping Point, Freakonomics.
Education: Jonathon Kozol, Pedro Noguera, Ethics of Education,
Philosophy: Slavoj Zizek, John Rawls, Foucault, Lacan, Camus,
Sartre, Kant, Sandel.
Movies: I love Woody Allen films, Eternal Sunshine, The Big
Lebowski, Lost in Translation, Amelie, Synecdoche, New York, You Me
and Everyone We Know, An Education, Greenberg, Rushmore, political
documentaries, Foreign cinema, etc!
Seinfeld, Louie, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Colbert Report, The
Daily Show, Arrested Development, terrible YouTube videos, Hey
Arnold, old Simpsons episodes at 11pm, guilty pleasure episodes of
the OC, Parks and Rec, etc. (However, I will watch terrible shows
if if people force me to :D)
In general, I love Jazz, Sufjan Stevens, Elliott Smith, and lots
and lots of indie music from the last 15 years....oh and NPR. Ira
Glass is the man. Billie Holiday, Chet Baker, Death Cab, Fleet
Foxes, Andrew Bird, Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James, Benny Goodman,
Dirty Projectors, Grizzly Bear, Wilco, St. Vincent, LCD
Soundsystem, Jens Lekman, French music, Motown, etc.
Podcasts: This American Life, Radiolab, Planet Money,
MIT/Harvard/Yale/Berkeley online lectures, Philosophy Bites,
Freakonomics, Media Matters, TED, Stuff You Should Know, etc.