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Books: Discworld, The Invisibles, Preacher, history stuff, The
Guyver, Ranma 1/2, Akira, Transformers, Marxist classics. I also
read a fair bit of anti-Marxist works, because I don't like simply
reaffirming the conclusions I've drawn to date; I actively seek out
points of view that conflict with my own. (So far, every time I've
read a renowned anarchist, neoclassical or left liberal treatise my
conclusion has boiled down to 'well, that's clearly bollocks.') I
keep bugging my local library to fill the gaps in their collection
of Y: The Last Man; what I've read of it was pretty good stuff. And
I love Viz, an' all; trying to get submissions published, and I'm
Facebook friends with him who draws the Drunken Bakers. That's
right, look impressed.
Telly: I actually lived with no TV for a year and didn't miss it
one bit. But I did have DVDs and internet, so that doesn't count as
no telly, not really. Either way: Archer, Yes Minister, Police
Squad, Daria, PhoneShop, TMWRNJ, Blackadder, Beavis &
Butt-head, King of the Hill, Star Stories, Brass Eye, Monk, Walking
Dead, blah blah etc. Graham Linehan always seems to produce the
goods. Also, The Goon Show. It's not telly; it's better. It's like
a podcast you could only stream at a certain time.
Films: Aliens, A Town Called Panic, Natural Born Killers, Twelve
Angry Men, Big Lebowski, Die Hard, Idiocracy, Some Like it Hot,
Wall Street, Falling Down, Laputa, Terminator 2, The Sting, All
Music: Mostly harder stuff - Pantera, Public Enemy, Dead Kennedys,
Crystal Castles, NIN, Otep, Ramones, Placebo, KMFDM, Black Sabbath.
Aside from headbanging stuff: Presidents of the United States of
America, Beastie Boys, Buddy Holly, George Formby, Tchaikovsky,
Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Rolling Stones. And I listen to game
soundtracks; not modern stuff with all licensed acts, but bleepy
old school Nintendo, Capcom and Enix stuff.
Food: Love Thai. And I get a lot of love for my vegan cuisine.
Haven't tried my ocean pie? Well, then.
Standup: Yeah, I'm breaking your mould, OkCupid. Whatchagonnado?
Richard Herring, Stewart Lee, Richard Pryor, Harry Hill before he
got hooked by ITV and the advertising industry, Eddie Izzard, Bill
Hicks, Bill Bailey, Tim Minchin, Dylan Moran, Billy Connolly, Rich
Hall, Dave Allen.