I'm not the type of person who rereads books and declares them a
"favorite." I also have too many movies to list. So, here's a
sampling of things I found good enough to list as representative of
I read Serious Eats and Lifehacker daily, Gawker hourly, and hit
refresh on NYTimes.com every few minutes. I read the Freakonomics
blog religiously -- I suppose you can't ever quite escape the
indoctrination caused by those first few years of college, and how
it can shape the way a young mind will think about the world.
I am a firm adherent to the 30 Rock and Arrested Development school
of humor (which in my opinion includes Community, The League, It's
Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and Party Down (RIP)). Being from
Boston, any movie whose title starts with an article and involving
non-rhotic accents is a win (The Town, The Fighter, The Departed).
I have watched the Big Lebowski more times than I can possibly
count, but I find Amelie endearingly sweet.
The last few concerts I've gone to involved the Roots, John Legend,
Jay Z, Big Boi, and the premiere of Zakir Hussain's Concerto for
Four Soloists. I am upset that Yeezus named his first born after a
navigational direction and nicknamed her after a seaweed, but it
could only be downhill after "hurry up with my damn croissants."
Shostakovich's Fifth is my favorite symphony, especially as
conducted by Leonard Bernstein. In fact, I like anything Leonard
Bernstein touched. Coworkers oftentimes will knock on my door at
the office to interrupt solo dance parties to the Glee soundtrack.
I feel no shame in writing that statement.
I love all types of hole-in-the-wall ethnic food but also save up
to go to fancy-schmanzy restaurants (and managed to get into
Momofuku Ko randomly in NYC - take that, Frank Bruni).
I bake some mean pumpkin cookies.
I wear a white and hot pink plastic-and-rubber watch with my skirt
suits. A boss recently asked me if it was a Hello Kitty watch. I
smiled and told him to eff himself.
“If God made butter it would taste exactly like bone marrow.” -