Here's a list, nowhere near complete [link].
just finished Sandman
, and loved it, as I love all
Neil Gaiman stuff. I also finished (and enjoyed) Cat's
a few months ago, and recently gave up on Adrian
Desmond's biography of Thomas Henry Huxley, grandfather to Aldous
Huxley and the chief evangelist of evolution by natural
Newest favorite: Anathem
, which I read twice in a month this
year. Key quote: '"Our opponent is an alien starship packed with
atomic bombs," I said. "We have a protractor."'
I picked up Stephenson's REAMDE
shortly thereafter and
actually found it pretty disappointing -- mainly because I've loved
everything else he's written.
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
Stewart. I just saw Another Earth and loved it. An old favorite is
Benny and Joon.
, The Wire
, True Blood
, The Daily Show
, Game of Thrones
(the new one). I adore the West Wing
for their idealism. I've also
been known to enjoy, from time to time, 30 Rock
, The Big Bang Theory
. With that said, I'm rarely up to date on anything,
as I rely on Hulu, torrents, and Netflix for most of these
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
More obscure: Girlyman
, Great Big Sea
you're from Canada), Seth Walker
/ Юрий Шевчук (that's DDT
and Yuri Shevchuk for you non-readers of Russian).
Less obscure: Kings of Convenience
, Counting Crows
(but not in a bro
(old stuff), Passion Pit
I love the
and Johnny Cash
(mostly for Freddie Mercury
), and lots
lots more. You're welcome to ask.
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 year or so
ago, and basically fell in love with traditional jazz. I highly
recommend such bands as Meschiya Lake and the Little Big Horns,
Tuba Skinny, Boy & Bean, Gordon Webster, and locally, East Side
Dandies and Aunt Ruby's Sweet Jazz Babies.
Finally, I recently discovered that the UT library has about a
gazillion CDs. You can't browse them, and the more popular ones are
in poor condition, but there's no basically no limit to how many
you request. So far my favorites are Django Reinhardt and Nat King
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, 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
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."