I felt weird having a bunch of big lists in here so I'm trying
something different. It's more fun anyway if we've got compatible
tastes but can still introduce each other to new stuff.
I like authors who blend genre fiction with excellent prose and
postmodernism like Michael Chabon, Jonathan Lethem, Junot Díaz,
David Mitchell and Nick Harkaway. I also like postmodern standbys
like Kurt Vonnegut, Thomas Pynchon and David Foster Wallace. I read
far more fiction than non-fiction but I will read anything by Bill
Bryson because he can make anything interesting. I love short
stories. I like how George Saunders, Charles Yu and Jennifer Egan
write short stories in the form of lists or powerpoint
presentations. Ryunosuke Akutagawa wrote some of the most gripping,
heart-wrenching stories I've ever read, and he didn't even write
them in English. I collect anthologies of Sci-Fi short stories. I
just finished "Telegraph Ave" by Michael Chabon and am currently
reading "No One Belongs Here More Than you" by Miranda July and
"Mona Lisa Overdrive" by William Gibson.
I like films with interesting photography that show rather than
tell, such as films by Ridley Scott, Sergio Leone, Stanley Kubrick,
and Wes Anderson. I enjoy films with intricate plots that encourage
active viewing like "Vertigo", "The Third Man" and "Rashomon".
Growing up in Hawaii I developed a taste for East Asian cinema --
I'll tell you how films like "Shall We Dance?" and "Waterboys" are
amazing and how they would never happen in Hollywood. I love how
Asian action movies are full of subtext and great relationships,
like in John Woo's "The Killer" and Takeshi Kitano's "Hana-Bi".
When I see that Shaw Brothers logo at the start of a movie I get
excited. And of course, there will always be a large place in my
heart for the movies that consumed my childhood: the original Star
My favorite TV genres are science fiction (Star Trek, Stargate
SG-1, Farscape, Lexx, Doctor Who) and British comedies (Coupling,
That Mitchell and Webb Look, A Bit of Fry and Laurie, Monty Python,
The IT Crowd, Black Books, and QI).
My three top three artists are Radiohead, The Beatles and the
Wu-Tang Clan. I also really like classical music, especially works
by 20th century composers ("Salome", Schoenberg's Violin Concerto,
Reich's "Desert Music", Pärt's "Fratres"). I love opera and saw the
Met do the entire Ring Cycle with James Morris as Wotan. I listen
to mostly hip hop, indie rock, electronica, jazz and Hawaiian. My
favorite internet radio station is seeded with Al Green and Toots
and the Maytals. Here's my last.fm profile: http://www.last.fm/user/ramoth4