Here's a pretty good sample of stuff I like (more complete than
concise this time, and the items under each heading are in no
particular order. And the following isn't some kind of spoiler,
either--we can discuss these things, or just as easily not.
Consider this a frame of reference for commonly-shared interests
w/r/t usually-popular things, i.e. "food," etc.):
Of Mice and Men, The Things They Carried, The Road, Cannery Row
(Steinbeck makes me thirsty for red wine...), Will You Please Be
Quiet, Please?, The Sun Also Rises, Consider the Lobster, A
Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again, Ender's Game, The English
Patient, Lolita, Slaughter House Five, Cabinet*1, A Good Man Is
Hard To Find, The Satanic Verses, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Rules
of Attraction, The Bell Jar, Cathedral, No Country For Old Men, All
The Pretty Horses (...and McCarthy makes me hungry for tortillas,
beans, and boiled eggs), A Clockwork Orange, The Hitchhiker's Guide
to the Galaxy, In Cold Blood, The Great Outdoor Fight*2
Fight Club (the only instance I can think of where the movie is far
and away more entertaining than the book), The LOTR Trilogy
Extended Editions*3, American Psycho, The Warriors, Atonement,
Constantine, The Dark Knight, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, The Empire
Strikes Back, Children of Men, The Monster Squad, Iron Man 3 (this
movie makes me incredibly fucking giddy, idk why), Zombieland,
Shaun of the Dead, Knocked Up, No Country for Old Men, The
Darjeeling Limited, Brick, Kick Ass, Deathproof, etc.
Supernatural, Breaking Bad, Firefly, Cowboy Bebop, Archer,
Metalocalypse, Rocko's Modern Life, Community, Parks and
Recreation, Arrested Development, Game of Thrones, 30 Rock, The
League, The Walking Dead, Justified, It's Always Sunny in
Philadelphia, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Sealab 2021, The Venture
Bros., Pushing Daisies
Harvey Danger (Sean Nelson), Rilo Kiley (Jenny Lewis); i.e. pretty,
Egg whites, sweet potato, pea soup, beer*4, Sweet Baby Ray's Sweet
Chili Sauce, Swedish Fish.
*1: This is technically an arts-and-culture quarterly, but it's
just about the smartest writing on the weirdest topics ever
collected, and it keeps on coming.
*2: Extra points for Achewood.
*3: Counting three separate movies (and extended editions at that)
as one body of work might be considered cheating to the more
sanctimonious list-makers among us, but I'm no prescriptivist; I
play it fast and loose, especially when it comes to asides,
addenda, appendixes, and of course the furtive little
*4: I really like bad beer--Icehouse, esp.--although right now I'm
on an indefinite alcohol hiatus.