BOOKS: I like very long and quite serious literature from the 19th
century as a general preference (I could speak to you about George
Eliot for hours, but I don't think you'd want me to). Also, epic
fantasy series -- I've read all the Game of Thrones books and can
act as your tour guide while watching the show if you want. And I
can get down with the really thoughtful modern novelists (I just
read A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan, and it floored
me). And interesting nonfiction about history or science. And
biography, hopefully of historical figures or scientists. I try to
read a lot, and wish that I read more.
GAMES: Know that this isn't part of the prompt, but I am an avid
gamer when I have time to kill. Love RPGs and strategy games, but
great platformers and fighting games are right up my alley too.
Also love board and card games of all varieties as long as they
require some degree of strategy in addition to the luck which makes
them interesting. Unfortunately these games can bring out the worst
in me, since I'm very competitive and playing to win.
MOVIES: Give me something to think about and gripping experiences,
and I'll enjoy it -- if it features weeping elderly people or
exploding helicopters, doesn't really matter. Also, I like porn,
but not too much.
SHOWS: The Simpsons allowed me to form a tolerable personality. I
also heartily enjoy Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I can't get enough of
Parks and Recreation and Veep, and an OkCupid date led me to check
out the bedazzled gold mine that is RuPaul's Drag Race.
MUSIC: I hate putting shit on shuffle.
The Cardigans are probably my favorite band of all time. I've been
obsessed with Belle & Sebastian and Neko Case lately. Before
that it was non-stop Queen, Fleetwood Mac, and Joni Mitchell. From
the modern indie music scene, tUnE-yArDs, Deerhoof, Sufjan Stevens,
Erykah Badu, Jens Lekman, Mirah, and Nellie McKay are all
Beyonce is mighty fine girl, but god damn open up your mind
FOOD: 10 years of restaurant experience means I'm a huge fan of
well-balanced flavors across cultures. More of a savory guy than a
sweet guy, and I love IPAs and porters. Beer is a food group.