Help your potential matches find common interests.
I realize I dont stray a lot from the music I've always liked, but
that's because its good! Don't mess with a good thing. I throw on
Pandora when I'm at work or doing laundry, whatever, have a soft
spot for Nina Simone, Bobby Blue Bland, Joni Mitchell (first
concert I ever saw) , Neil Young, the Stones (the second), Fela
Kuti, Edith Piaf, Waylon Jennings, Solomon Burke, Lou Reed, Billie,
the Kinks, Irma Thomas, Loretta Lynn, Koko Taylor (Earthshaker!) ,
Roxy Music, yada yada nothing earth shattering but like I said,
enough to keep my feet tapping. More recent stuff, Mala Rodriguez,
the Arabs, Alabama Shakes, MGMT and I too think Adele is incredible
- girl can sing! This week, Ive been listening to "Eddie Ray -
Eccentric Soul" and Soki Ohale's Uzzi - Bisi's Beat - over and
over. I like that Janelle Monae "Tightrope" song a lot.
Books, there's not enough room! I could not survive the bus commute
across town without the New Yorker and the Nation. On books,
non-fiction sometimes - David McCullough, Ron Chernow, but a lot of
standsthetestoftime fiction - Joan Didion, Flaubert, Saul Bellow,
Rebecca West, Lorca, Zora Neale Hurston, RUMI!!!, Graham Greene,
Colette, Willa Cather, the list could go on and on.
Movies - directors, Wim Wenders, Lars von Trier, similarly dark,
scary, thought provoking, also enjoy the Julian Schnabel films - I
mean, a painter dipping his toes in directing, I enjoy that. Lives
of Others, A Separation, I've seen Gone with the Wind more than I'd
like to admit.
I've lived in the Middle East for four years - work and school -
and I lived with a Turkish family in Istanbul and a Lebanese family
in Lebanon and both experiences significantly influenced the way I
think about food. As in, I'm a bit of a food snob, not horribly so
(think chowhound more than foodie) but I can look at a fish and
know how old it is and well, I've convinced myself these skills
will help me in the end times or whatever. At a baseball game I eat
a dog and drink a bud, so down to earth and all that, I like to
explore places to eat in the area - DC has great Ethiopian,
Vietnamese, all kinds of good places cropping up all the time.