Here's a list, nowhere near complete [link].
Recent favorites include nearly everything by Neal Stephenson
). If you haven't read Seveneves or Anathem
and you like well-researched, physically accurate sci fi, you're
missing out. Key quote from Anathem: '"Our opponent is an alien
starship packed with atomic bombs," I said. "We have a
protractor."' Stephenson is one of those rare authors who gives us
forward-thinking engineers new ideas and visions of a reasonably
good future instead of just more apocalypse and post-apocalypse (as
much as I love a good zombie flick).
I recently learned that Isaac Asimov followed a very similar career
path to my own, and so I've been reading all of his books (did you
know he invented the word "robot?"). It's interesting seeing the
evolution of his views about women and gender roles over several
Outside of science fiction, I love magical realism — especially
Bulgakov's Master and Margarita, and Zafón's Shadow of the Wind. My
goal is to read these in their original languages.
I had a list here, but decided it's better to converse about these
things than to simply list them. I don't particularly enjoy horror
films, but I'm not opposed to psychological thrillers. I love
classics (e.g., Casablanca), and especially stuff with Jimmy
, The Wire
, True Blood
, The Daily Show
, Game of Thrones
(the new one). I've also been known to enjoy, from time
to time, 30 Rock
, and Arrested Development
binge watch Orange Is the New Black
have mixed feelings about Game of Thrones
but I enjoyed
the books. With that said, I'm rarely up to date on anything, as I
rely on Hulu, torrents, and Netflix for most of these shows.
A pox on the okcupid girl who got me hooked on the Eleventh Doctor
and then dropped off the face of the earth. Not cool, random
), Arcade Fire
, etc. I'm loving the Deer Tick
I also adore musicals
. Rent and Fiddler on the Roof
are two of my favorites. I'm a sucker for Disney movie
I enjoy just about anything with a swing beat and a melody. I
visited New Orleans for the French Quarter Festival a while back
and basically fell in love with traditional jazz. I highly
recommend such bands as Meschiya Lake and the Little Big Horns,
Tuba Skinny, Smoking Time Jazz Club, Bumper Jacksons, East Side
Dandies, Aunt Ruby's Sweet Jazz Babies, and Jonathan Doyle anything
at all. Got to be able to move to it, or I get bored fast.
Be aware that I am gluten- and dairy-intolerant. Before these
dietary issues arose, I was very picky; now I am not. I view my
dietary restrictions as assets: I never, ever eat fast food, and
avoid junk food in general. More importantly, I learned to cook
pretty damn well from the experience.
Speaking of which, I love to cook, and I'll try just about
anything. I love Thai, Ethiopian, Indian, Mexican (actual or
Tex-Mex), Vietnamese, and El Salvadorean cuisine. I thought I could
not live without my Thai chili plant until it died from the heat. I
was wrong, clearly. Here I sit, counting the days until a new one
sprouts. (Update: the climate here in Morgantown is definitely not
conducive to Thai chilis, it turns out.)
both make me very happy. I've
been shocked by the number of people I've met in the last few years
who cannot stand Prairie Home Companion.
My favorite character is the ampersand. Sometimes I'm tempted to
pronounce it "et" instead of "and."