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I try not to let myself get into a rut with my reading. I mix in
fiction and nonfiction on various topics. Some current mainstream
favorites include Cormac McCarthy, Haruki Murakami, Junot Diaz,
Gillian Flynn, Tana French, Garry Wills, Nick Hornby and Patricia
Highsmith, but ask me tomorrow and I'll probably give you a
completely different list. I read the Atlantic, the New Yorker, the
NYT and Slate to keep up with what's going on in the world.
Favorite TV shows: Community, Mad Men, Parks and Recreation, Freaks
and Geeks, Arrested Development, Brooklyn Nine Nine, 30 Rock (Tina
Fey, sigh...), The Wire, Gravity Falls (turned it on for my
daughter, kept it on for Kristen Schaal), Firefly, American
Experience, Daily Show/Colbert Report/John Oliver. But the reason I
still have cable is Turner Classic Movies.
Favorite music: The Pixies, Buffalo Tom, Modest Mouse,
Pavement/Malkmus, Billie Holiday, Thelonious Monk, My Bloody
Valentine, Stravinsky, Sleater-Kinney, Debussy, Real Estate.
I'm scary serious about movies: my DVD collection is obscene (well,
you know, obscenely large, not pornographic, right?) I lean toward
the arthouse, foreign and classic genres, but I'm also perfectly
happy watching the latest action movie or comedy, as long there's
something interesting or imaginative about it. Favorites include
Amelie, Sweet Smell of Success, Notorious, The Adventures of Robin
Hood, Lawrence of Arabia, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Bringing
Up Baby, The Philadelphia Story (Grant, Hepburn AND Stewart???),
Rushmore, Night of the Hunter, Do the Right Thing, Seven
Samurai,Fantastic Mr. Fox, Paths of Glory, Groundhog Day.
Having a young daughter, I have become an authority on the oeuvre
of Mr. Walt Disney. I'm not kidding. Ask me to sing anything from
Frozen. I'll do it, I'm not bluffing.