Aren't those supposed to be separate questions? Oh well. Okay...
here is a preliminary list of my favorite authors, movies, TV
shows, radio shows, musicians, podcasts, websites, magazines, and
Bay Area restaurants, alphabetized for maximum confusion, and
omitting all the ones I forgot to include:
Aerosmith, Animaniacs (1993-98), American Beauty (1999), Isaac
Asmimov (Foundation et al.), Barenaked Ladies, Battlestar Galactica
(2004-09), The Beatles, The Bottle Rockets, Caprica (2010), Car
Talk (NPR), Johnny Cash, Arthur C. Clarke (Rendezvous with Rama et
al.), Contra Costa Times (local news junkie), Jim Croce, Counting
Crows, Kimya Dawson, Cory Doctorow, Downton Abbey (PBS),
EarthSky.org, Forum (KQED), Gawker.com (embarrassingly so), Green
Day, Herbivore Restaurant (on Shattuck, Berkeley), Billy Joel,
Lightnin' Hopkins, How I Met Your Mother (CBS), Independent Lens
(PBS), Indigo Girls, Alison Krauss, Lanesplitters (on Telegraph,
Oakland), Harper Lee (To Kill A Mockingbird), Lotus Cuisine of
India (on 4th Street, San Rafael), Lost (2004-10, and trust me it's
better the second time through if you've only seen it once and left
dissatisfied), Magnolia (1999), Aimee Mann, Marketplace (APM),
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, Modern Family (ABC), Alanis
Morissette, The Moth, Old Crow Medicine Show, On The Media, Parks
and Recreation (NBC), PBS NewsHour, The Porchlight Podcast, P.O.V.
(PBS), Queen, Raising Hope (Fox), Rolling Stone (magazine), Savage
Lovecast, Science Friday, Selected Shorts, Sesame Street, Simon
& Garfunkel, Paul Simon, Slate.com, Souley Vegan (on Broadway,
Oakland), Star Trek (primarily TNG and DS9), TheVerge.com, Mark
Twain, Uncle Wong's Chinese Restaurant (on San Pablo, El Cerrito),
The Wailin' Jennys, Webb Wilder, Weeds (2005-12), H.G. Wells, Amy
Winehouse, Wired (magazine), Wizard of Oz (1939).
In summary: I am essentially a professional storyteller, so I like
anything with a story or with good characters. Except for my food.
My food shouldn't have a story or good character. That's why I
don't eat meat*.
(*to be clear, I am NOT a dogmatic vegetarian. Some of the nicest
people I know eat meat. I just choose not to eat it. I don't mind
if you do, as long as you're not a dogmatic carnivore (you know who