Help your potential matches find common interests.
The loooooooooooooooong section. I won't be offended if you skim.
(But, you know, if you send me a message and only say, "Haha, ur so
rite. I totes didnt read the long section," it's going to be really
hard for me to pick up the conversation from there.)
(some incomplete lists)
Authors: Chuck Palahniuk, Irvine Welsh, Christopher Moore,
Vonnegut, Vendela Vida. I was a lit major in college, so I know a
little bit about literature and tend to lean toward
early-to-mid-century American literature. I love/hate James Joyce.
I love/love J.D. Salinger, John Steinbeck, and other writers who
are economical but not stingy with words. I feel the way you would
expect me to feel about Hemingway, given that I am a former lit
major with feminist tendencies. Dorothy Parker! I also like reading
nonfiction-y things that bring out my not-so-inner geek. I love
going to my local bookstores and browsing the display tables at the
front for things that look interesting and somewhat informative.
Examples: The Murder of Napoleon (one of my all-time favorites),
Girl Sleuth, and Coming of Age on Zoloft. During the school year,
it's hard for me to find the time to read very lengthy things that
aren't work-related, so I tend to stick to well-executed essays and
short stories. Currently burning through Let's Explore Diabetes
with Owls and Allie Brosh's book.
Movies: I can't really come up with a list that accurately reflects
my super-awesome taste in everything, so off the top of my head,
here are a few movies that I really like and which, objectively
speaking, probably don't suck--The Usual Suspects, Heathers, Bring
It On, Secretary, An Education, Rear Window, Tangled, the Virgin
Suicides, Charade, Ocean's Eleven. The Graduate is probably my
favorite movie. I like a good movie, but the way to my heart
probably isn't in referencing a movie I've mentioned here. In fact,
here is an example of a conversation I have all the time:
Some person: Hey, have you seen [name of movie]? It's the best
Me: No, I haven't seen it.
Some person: OH MY GOD, YOU HAVEN'T SEEN IT? WHAT IS WRONG WITH
YOU? LET'S WATCH IT RIGHT NOW, AND I WILL ENHANCE YOUR
MOVIE-WATCHING EXPERIENCE BY ADDING MY OWN NARRATIVE, AND TELLING
YOU WHEN AN AWESOME THING IS ABOUT TO HAPPEN SO YOU EXPERIENCE IT
IN EXACTLY THE WAY I WANT YOU TO!!!
Me: Can I just go outside and play?
TV shows I tend to watch lately: True Blood, Weeds (though I kind
of lost interest about a season or so ago), Bob's Burgers, Buffy,
Firefly, Arrested Development, Community, Parks & Recreation,
the Daily Show. I watch some TERRIBLE sitcoms for some reason. I'm
too ashamed to admit it most of the time but man, I can sit through
some godawful TV. This and the fact that I can really geek out
about TV tropes probably means I watch too much TV. I'm trying not
to. That should be my "Most Private Thing You'd Make Public" or
whatever, but that section annoys me.
Music (an incomplete list in no specific order):
Andrew Bird, Rainer Maria, Arcade Fire, Viva Voce, Belle &
Sebastian, Phoenix, Neutral Milk Hotel, Grandaddy, Elliot Smith,
Air, Alan Parsons Project, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Animals/Eric
Burdon, Chicago, Talking Heads/David Byrne, Dreamdate, ELO, Thom
Yorke/Radiohead, April March, Morrissey/The Smiths, Garbage, Jenny
Lewis/Rilo Kiley, Johnny Cash, Kate Nash, Kimya Dawson, M.I.A., the
Kinks, Ladytron, the Pixies, Quasi, REM, Shakira, Sleater-Kinney,
Siouxsie, the Ventures, Weezer, the Who, Yo La Tengo, Tori Amos,
Regina Spektor, the Zombies, Dick Dale, that band my friend is in,
that band someone my friend knows is in, soundtracks from movies
that were probably made so there could be a soundtrack, any show I
don't have to pay for, decent subway musicians, the song that's
currently stuck in my head, and that mixtape you'll make me.
Food: I'm mostly a label-reading, arugula-chomping,
superfood-embracing crunchy hippie about food, but I still love
cupcakes and bacon. I can definitely cook, and do so as much as I