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. But the reason I still have
cable is Turner Classic Movies..
Favorite music: The Pixies, Buffalo Tom, Modest Mouse, Nirvana,
Billie Holiday, Thelonious Monk, Stravinsky, Sleater-Kinney,
Debussy, Dirty Projectors.
I'm scary serious about movies: my DVD collection is obscene (well,
you know, obscenely large, not pornographic or anything, 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, Paths of Glory, Groundhog Day.
Having a young daughter, I have become an authority on the oeuvre
of Mr. Walt Disney.