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, 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, and the premiere of Zakir Hussain's Concerto for Four
Soloists at the Kennedy Center. I also have the Shins, early
Radiohead, and Elliott Smith on my most frequently played. Kanye
West's tweets nearly match the brilliance of his last album.
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.” -