Books. I've read many great ones, but here are a couple that come
to mind: "Cat's Cradle," "Mother Night," "Sirens of Titan" (and
pretty much anything else by Kurt Vonnegut), "The Sun Also Rises,"
"The World According to Garp," "The Assault on Reason," "Hart of
Darkness," "Sidarthra," "The Glass Bead Game," "Tropic of Cancer,"
"Journey to the End of The Night," Remains of the Day," "Portnoy's
Complaint," "Being There," "1984," "Brave New World" "The
Unbearable Lightness of Being," "The Metamorphosis," "The Trail,"
"Another Roadside Attraction," "Even Cowgirls Get The Blues," "The
Corrections," "Pulp," "Letters to a Young Poet," "The Crying of Lot
49," "V." and "Stranger in a Strange Land."
I am currently reading Bukowski's "Women," Barth's "Lost in the
Funhouse," and Pynchon's "Gravity's Rainbow." So far, the Pynchon
is my favorite, but they are all great works.
Movies: The Jerk (a movie that changed my life!!), Gandhi
(moderately inspiring), Brazil (not about the country), 12 Monkeys
(fewer actual monkeys than I was expecting), 2001 a Space odyssey,
Clock Work Orange, Indianan Jones, E.T., Planet of the Apes, all
the James Bond movies, Adaptation, Being John Malkovich, Death to
Smoochy, Pee Wee's Big Adventure, Memento, The Colors, The Red
Violin, Lord of the Rings, and The Star Trek movies, Bleu Velvet,
Heaven's Gate, Smart People, Juno, The 40 year old Virgin, Dan in
Real Life, L.A. Story, Roxanne, The Razor's Edge, Blade Runner, The
original Star Wars movies, Taxi Driver, The Godfather, and
Synecdoche, New York.
Shows: "Venture Bros." "Seinfeld," "Arrested Development,"
"Battlestar Galactica," "Dexter."
Music: all music that is artistic and meaningful. Hear are a few
off the top of my head: The Beatles, Duke Ellington, Pink Martini,
Pink Floyd, Queen, Roy Orbison, Mahler, Bjork, Brahms, Beethoven,
Ravel, Debussy, Faure, Saint-Seans, Bruckner, Barber, Bernstein,
Arnold, Britten, Elgar, Webern, Berg, Schoenberg, Stravinsky,
Copland, Hindemith, Carter, Berio, Adams, Schumann, Schubert,
Sibelius, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovitch, Mussorgsky, Respighi,
Khachaturian, Prokofiev, R. Strauss, J. Strauss, Bach, Mozart,
Bartok, Chopin, Lutoslawski, Szymanowski, Piazzolla, Cage,
Messiaen, Milhaud, Gershwin, Schuller, Paart.
Recently I realized I also love Funk, Bluegrass and Latin Jazz, but
I don't know enough about them yet to drop names.