Help your potential matches find common interests.
A. Favourite living authors are Nicholson Baker, Anne Tyler, Haruki
Murakami and Roddy Doyle. I use Robert B. Parker's detective novels
and Patrick O'Brian's sea stories as moderately nutritional
B. Off the top of my head, 10 of my favourite films are Nikita,
Withnail & I, Sex Lies & Videotape, Stealing Beauty, Office
Space, Twelve Angry Men, The Exorcist, Die Hard, Shaun of the Dead
and Casablanca. The last three films I saw all had Christopher
Plummer in, which made me say "No fucking way" out loud.
When I have lazy brain I can happily watch Bruce Willis or a
superhero movie, but I find Lovefilm is really good for forcing
myself to appreciate the more nourishing end of the cinematic
C. Grew up on a diet of British comedy - Python, Fawlty Towers,
NTNOCN, HHGTTG, Young Ones. Still like all of that and later things
in the same tradition. Just finished inhaling Parks & Rec and
30 Rock from start to finish and am sad there is no more of them. I
like the big American dramas that have become semi-obligatory:
Sopranos, West Wing, Breaking Bad, OITNB, True Detective. I am
dully proficient at highbrow quiz shows.
D. Last.fm is not exactly scientific, but it says my 20 favourites
are: Beatles, Elvis Costello, Belle & Sebastian, Billy Bragg,
Jam, Rino Gaetano, Tom Waits, Pixies, Suzanne Vega, Clash,
Cardigans, Stone Roses, Strokes, Simon & Garfunkel, Paul
McCartney, Nick Drake, Rutles, Charlatans, Teenage Fanclub and
Kings of Leon. That's not completely wide of the mark.
E. Moving to Italy was easy because I like their food. I like most
things and have a fondness for warm carbohydrate, but I don't eat
anything that comes from the sea except salt.