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Here's a far from comprehensive sampling:
Growing up I loved The Phantom Tollbooth, The Westing Game,
Hatchet, Bridge to Terabithia, stuff by Tolkien, Madeleine
L'Engle, Roald Dahl, etc... Later on I fell in love with
Catch-22, Ender's Game, The Crying of Lot 49, A Prayer for Owen
Meany, Memoirs of a Geisha, White Teeth, The Magus, Kavalier and
Clay, Motherless Brooklyn... too many to list.
The Goldfinch was a recent favorite.
In terms of movies, Brazil is my favorite. I also love
The Princess Bride, Groundhog Day, Edward Scissorhands;
Beetlejuice is another Burton fave. Stand By Me, The
Game, Wet Hot American Summer, Fight Club, Hot Fuzz,
so many more. From way back in the day I would say Gremlins,
Goonies, Flight of the Navigator and Batteries Not
Included... But having recently watched Gremlins and finding
that it was really not very good, I've now sworn off re-watching
old favorites (although I know that Goonies holds
Cabin in the Woods was the most fun I've had at the movies
in ages; The Life of Pi was amazing in 3D.
Boyhood, which I enjoyed a lot despite its unevenness and
flaws. Snowpiercer was totally delightful.
TV Series I love and have finished: The Wire, Breaking
Bad, True Detective. (although I felt the final
episode was a let-down).
TV Series I love but haven't finished: Six Feet Under,
Deadwood, Downton Abbey, Friday Night Lights, Mad Men... I was
all caught up with The Walking Dead, but now I've fallen
Crucial Podcasts: This American Life, Radiolab, Wait Wait Don't
Tell Me, Planet Money, Serial, Startup...
Music: Fountains of Wayne, Radiohead, Santigold, Arcade Fire, Rilo
Kiley, Belle and Sebastian, Modest Mouse, The Decemberists, Talking
Neutral Milk Hotel, Desmond Dekker, Spoon, Interpol, Tegan and
Sara, Wheatus, Elliott Smith, Portishead...
Kanye, Jay-Z, The Streets, Hello Nasty-era Beasties, Young M.C.'s
album "Stone Cold Rhymin'"...
Foundations: Dire Straits, R.E.M., The Police, The Beatles,
Nirvana, STP, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pearl Jam, Green Day, Better
Than Ezra, They Might Be Giants, Ben Folds Five, lots of ska
(especially The Pietasters), Weezer...
also all of the eighties and early nineties one-hit wonders and
I'm a snob about maple syrup. I love macoun apples. I wish I were a
pescetarian but right now I'm an omnivore.
Okay, I guess it's a fairly comprehensive sampling.