Lots of science fiction and fantasy. Robert Heinlein, Cory
Doctorow, Isaac Asimov, Charles Stross, Neal Stephenson, Frank
Herbert, and such. I'm pickier about my fantasy. Lev Grossman's
is my current favorite: it's what Harry
Potter should have been.
I idolize Mark Twain. I also like Kate Chopin, Ernest Hemingway,
Ayn Rand (don't judge me), and George Orwell.
The Ethical Slut, Sex at Dawn, Marriage and Morals (by Bertrand
Russell). Stranger in a Strange Land, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress,
and Courtship Rites.
Ready Player One is AMAZING. Eccentric ultra-billionaire video game
creator dies and bequeathes his entire fortune to whomever finds an
easter egg in his game. It's chock-full of geek culture references,
a total nerdgasm.
Anything with Arnold Schwarzenegger, especially the first Conan.
The Addams Family, The Royal Tenenbaums, Ghostbusters, Trading
Places, Vicky Christina Barcelona, Creature from the Black Lagoon,
Risky Business, Forbidden Planet, Water For Elephants, The Life
Aquatic with Steve Zissou. Even-numbered Star Trek movies. The
original Star Wars trilogy.
Mostly classical music, 70's metal, or the blues, depending on my
mood. Van Halen, AC/DC, Aerosmith, the Rolling Stones; Tchaikovsky,
Rachmaninoff, JS Bach, Richard Strauss, Bruckner, Vivaldi. A lot of
Flamenco, recently, too.
I love food. Grease and salt and fresh local veggies. Ethnic food,
from Argentinian to Zimbabwean, and classic "American" stuff like
meatloaf or funnel cakes. I love craft beer and red wine and small
batch bourbon and dry gin martinis.
I do not eat mushrooms. Other than that, it's all good.