A DISCLAIMER: Interests are boring. If you like me, you like me,
not the things I like. Ultimately I don't give a shit if you like
The Wire, but I accept that it's a convenient shorthand to indicate
each of our socioeconomic and cultural statuses, and anyway it
makes good conversation. So take everything here with a grain of
salt, and remember: you want to date *me,* not my interests.
I mostly listen to audiobooks and podcasts. If you know what
podcasts are (I understand some people don't, which I guess is
fine) then you can be sure I'm listening to all the right
A few favorite books:
Joseph O'Neill: "Netherland"
Jonathan Lethem: "Fortress of Solitude"
Ian Frazier: "Travels in Siberia"
A lot of Thinkbooks, e.g. Gladwell, Dubner/Levitt, Taleb, et al.
Basically anything in the New Yorker. And I'm about halfway through
DF Wallace's essays and really need a kick in the pants to just get
with the times and finish them all.
I get really excited for summer blockbusters, but am also prone to
rewatching "12 Angry Men" or "Out of Sight" for like the sixtieth
time, and I'm always down for "Fitzcarraldo" or "The Royal
Tenembaums." I've also recently been watching "Cheers," which it
turns out is totally underrated.
Put another way: I didn't understand "The Seventh Seal," but
watching it did help me understand parts of "Love and Death."
Also, TV is basically movies these days. I'm excited for Mad Men,
sad about 30 Rock, probably should be watching Girls and Breaking
A few of my favorite all time albums:
Yo La Tengo: "I can Hear the Heart Beating as One"
Brian Eno: "Another Green World"
Slum Village: "Volume 1"
Youth Lagoon's first (but, I fear, not his second) album.
Lately I've been listening to a lot of Shearwater, which makes me
feel great but which somehow doesn't translate well.
I make a lot of udon noodles for myself, and ate more cheesesteaks
than you could shake a stick at when I lived in Philly. I'm trying
to develop my Lemon Meringue pie recipe, and am really into
exploring the variety and depth of indigenous rice-and-bean dishes
(eg. Hoppin' John, feijoada, etc).
I also try to go to Diner as often as possible.
Did you notice my use of quotes here? And just you *try* to find a