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As I read other people's lists, I think, oh, yeah, I like that too!
So this is by no means comprehensive or always typical.
Travel: I'll just add this category because it's a favorite. I love
Buenos Aires, Barcelona, Paris, Munich, Salzburg. Also London,
Edinburgh, Bejiing, several places in the Caribbean, and lots here
in the U.S. I still have many other places to go obviously. I just
watched the Clooney movie The American and now I want to go drive
around small towns in Italy!
Books: a favorite is called "Love in the Ruins" (it's funnier than
it sounds!). Just read "The Devil in the White City" about the 1893
Chicago World's Fair and loved it. Also loved "You Shall Know Our
Velocity!" Read Franzen's "Freedom," but I'm conflicted about it.
Currently reading Americanah and liking it. Bonjour Tristesse (both
book and film), Bright Lights, Big City. Favorite authors include:
Faulkner, Fitzgerald, Steinbeck, Hemingway, Chabon, Borges, Mavis
Gallant, McInerney, Chris Adrian, E.M. Forster, Lahiri, and many
many many more.
Movies: Chinatown is an all-time favorite. More recent favorites
include: The Edge of Heaven, Pan's Labyrinth (like del Toro's work
in general), Encounters at the End of the World, Ghost World,
Office Space, Dead Man, The Purple Rose of Cairo, The Big Lebowski
(probably every guy has that listed), The Conformist (old
Bertolucci), Rear Window, Good Fellas, Hot Tub Time Machine! (yes
it's sophomoric, but it's really funny!)... this list goes on. I
will go see pretty much anything, and like the Film Forum for
showing old films and great new work.
Music: all kinds... rock, jazz, classical, hip hop, r&b,
bluegrass, pop. Pixies, Smashing Pumpkins, Miles Davis, Hendrix,
Dylan, Led Zeppelin, Nirvana, Rage Against the Machine, Talib
Kweli, Vaughan Williams, Mahler, Jay-Z, The Fugees, Nickel
Food: Mexican, Ethiopian, Sushi, pub food.
All that being said, I never liked The Smiths growing up and now I
love every song I hear of theirs, so who knows what goes on in our
brains. In other words, everything is subject to change.