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Shows: The West Wing, Sports Night, Buffy, Firefly, The Office,
Cougar Town, Community, Gilmore Girls, Freaks and Geeks, Veronica
Mars, Six Feet Under, this list is long...I don't have cable right
now but I spend a fair bit of time rewatching old shows on
Podcasts are my new television, and my favorites include:
NPR shows like This American Life, Ask Me Another, Wait Wait,
Radiolab, Snap Judgment, and Car Talk; humor/comedy nerd stuff like
Doug Loves Movies, You Made It Weird, and Harmontown; two of my
favorites are a storytelling podcast called Risk, and a funny
"advice" show called My Brother, My Brother and Me.
Movies: The American President, Serenity, The Princess Bride, Juno,
Hot Fuzz, 10 Things I Hate About You, Mean Girls...I like a good
rom-com, by which I mean an actually good romantic comedy (think
When Harry Met Sally) as opposed to the shitty ones (I'm looking at
you, 27 Dresses). Movies where stuff blows up and people fight each
other can be fine, but I rarely go out of my way to see them. I
hate horror movies and thrillers, with very few exceptions (pretty
much just The Cabin in the Woods).
Music: Catchy, consonant, and/or clever is my jam. I tend to think
of my musical tastes as shallow and broad (i.e., I can think of 50
musicians that have between 1 and 5 songs I absolutely love, but I
couldn't rightly call myself a "fan"). I generally enjoy cute guys
with guitars, angry feminists, and clever lyrics, so think Jackson
Browne, Jonathan Coulton, John Mayer, Indigo Girls, Dar Williams,
Ani Difranco pre-1999, Barenaked Ladies, and a lot of the crap that
is on top 40 radio.
Books: I wish I had more time to read. I love Christopher Moore,
and the last book that took my breath away was The Story of Edgar
Sawtelle. I listened to Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close on CD
in the car and it was mind-blowingly good. I loved A Prayer for
Owen Meany and Garp. I read a lot of non-fiction related to my
field at the moment, and for now I can strongly recommend The Other
End of the Leash by Patricia McConnell and strongly UN-recommend
Cesar's Way. The last non-dog book I finished was A Heartbreaking
Work of Staggering Genius. It had its ups and downs but I liked it
more than I didn't.
Food! I'm a fan. I just stopped being a pescetarian after about 18
years, and I now lean toward less grain/more protein (I don't dare
call it "paleo" because I'm just not that committed), as long as
it's grass fed/humanely raised (so I tend to default back toward
non-meat consumption in restaurants). I love sushi, Indian food,
and frozen lunches from Trader Joe's; I drink tea, not coffee.
Please note my artful use of the semicolon. Hot, right?