How could they combine all these into one question? These are some
of the best things in life! Expect this answer to be quite long (no
Books: I'm a glutton for literary punishment, so I
like really stuffy novels and short stories, especially mid-19th
century American lit (Poe, Thoreau, Hawthorne, etc.). For better or
worse, I studied this stuff in college (BA in English Lit). My
favorite author is Melville, and my favorite of his stories is
Benito Cereno. I'm also a massive Shakespeare fan.
Music: My musical tastes are probably the most
incongruous thing about me. I listen almost exclusively to black
music -- hip hop, dancehall, jungle, soul, Motown, etc. I've been
listening to this stuff since I was about 8 years old...there's
just something about the rhythms that grabs me. Anyway, lately I've
been listening to a lot of underground hip hop, mainly Showbiz
& A.G., Large Professor, NYGz, and Action Bronson; older stuff
includes Gang Starr, Big L, Ice Cube, etc. For the sake of brevity
I won't even go into my love for jungle (a dance music that started
in England in the mid 90s, basically sped-up dancehall with lots of
crazy drums). I own turntables and like to mess around with mixing
some of this stuff, but I'm just a "bedroom DJ" -- I don't play
gigs or anything like that!
Films & TV: My tastes are sort of all over the
place here, so I'll just list some favorites. Films: Big Trouble in
Little China, Desperado, Ace Ventura (both of em), and anything by
Aronofsky, Fincher, Lynch, Nolan, and Tarantino. TV: I'm completely
obsessed with a BBC comedy called The Thick of It, which I
recommend to everyone. I'm also into almost everything that HBO
does, particularly True Blood and Game of Thrones. I watch Top Chef
whenever it's on, which brings us to...
Food: I'm definitely a "live to eat" type. I
despise the term "foody/foodie" (partly because I have no goddamned
idea how to spell it), but it's probably an apt description for me.
I love trying new things, and I consider good food to be one of
life's great pleasures. I was raised to appreciate fancy artisanal
foods -- wine, cheese, meat, olive oil, all that sort of thing --
basically, stuff I can't really afford to enjoy regularly...yet. In
the meantime, I indulge when I can. I'm also just as happy slumming
it, e.g. I will swarm on an In-n-Out burger or a King Taco tamale.