Help your potential matches find common interests.
I realize that my lists are woefully short on women/POC creators.
I'm working on this, but feel free to suggest your favorites!
Books: anything by Michael Moore, Bill Bryson or George Carlin, A
Confederacy of Dunces, Brave New World, American Psycho, A People's
History of the United States, The Disaster Artist.
Movies: Monty Python and the Holy Grail, The Big Lebowski, Rain
Man, History of the World Part 1, Koyaanisqatsi, THE ROOM. That
last one is super-important; I met Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero
when they came to Minneapolis in 2009, and then again when they
came to New York last year (and probably again when they come back
to New York in April).
Music: M.I.A., Santigold, Grimes, Interpol, The Cribs, Spoon, Hot
Chip, Grizzly Bear, LCD Soundsystem, Joy Division, Passion Pit,
Lykke Li, The Hold Steady, Vampire Weekend, Girl Talk, Sleigh
Bells, Animal Collective, Washed Out, Toro y Moi, Wild Flag,
Sleater-Kinney, Dan Deacon, The Weeknd, Atmosphere, Titus
Andronicus, Purity Ring, Bloc Party, Boards of Canada. Living in
Minnesota has also given me a newfound appreciation for Prince, to
the point where I loudly sing along to "Let's Go Crazy" or "Purple
Rain" every time I hear those songs on the radio. After spending an
awesome evening discovering Boards of Canada, I've been trying to
find more music that has the trippy, analogue-synth type of sound
associated with public information films and children's television
shows from the late 60s to early 80s. So far, I've loved Advisory
Circle and The Focus Group, but I need more suggestions.
"All My Friends" and "Dance Yrself Clean" by LCD Soundsystem are my
two "STOP EVERYTHING AND SHUT UP AND JUST LISTEN AND APPRECIATE HOW
AWESOME THIS IS" songs.
I recently got bit by the shape-note singing bug. I get together
with a bunch of folks to sing somewhere in the city at least once a
week, and it's always a good time. It's an early American folk
music tradition that is completely participatory (no audiences),
easy to pick up (but there's always more to learn), and
delightfully nerdy. If you're not familiar with it (or if you
are!), you should totally join me for a singing sometime.
Food: I'm an adventurous eater (might have to draw the line at
surströmming or hàkarl, though!), with tastes that lean towards
umami, salty, and savory rather than sweet. If I had to narrow my
favorites down, I'd say I like anything Vietnamese or Chinese,
Chicago-style hot dogs, moules frites, Neapolitan pizza, Hawaiian
plate lunch, quality burgers, chicken-fried steak, kimchi, kalbi,
shoyu ramen, Waffle House (living in WH territory totally didn't
diminish my love for it), Memphis and KC barbecue, and fresh
Drink: My favorite cheap beer is Grain Belt Premium, the local
lager of Minneapolis; I can't get it in New York, but I'm happy to
drink Yuengling here in town. Otherwise, it's Spaten, Paulaner or
pretty much anything German, Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier, Session
Lager and Dark, New Glarus Spotted Cow, Boddingtons or any English
pub ale served on tap or from one of those neato Smoothflow cans,
malbec, California cabernets, Oregon pinot noir, French limonade,
Shows: My Roku box is my best friend, which means I've finally cut
the cord and stopped giving Cablevision what seems like half my
paycheck every month. My all-time favorites are Tim and Eric
Awesome Show, Great Job!, Tom Goes to the Mayor, classic Simpsons,
Seinfeld reruns, Futurama, Look Around You, Peep Show, and That
Mitchell and Webb Look. My semi-guilty pleasures are The Price is
Right and Big Brother. I don't usually have the attention span for
hour-long dramas, but Breaking Bad blew my mind and I absolutely
adore Mad Men. I'm finally caught up on Game of Thrones--and I give
my friends lots of credit for not spoiling it too badly for me
these last few months!
Places: Brussels, London, the Ligurian-Tuscan coast, Berlin,
Montreal, Vancouver, Washington DC, Asheville (my new crush),
Mammoth Cave, Chicago, Madison WI, Minneapolis, Portland OR, far
northern California, Tucson, the Grand Canyon, Los Angeles (yes,
really... ask me why), any shape-note convention. Based on what I
know, if I visited Melbourne, Stockholm, Buenos Aires, or New
Zealand, I'd probably fall in love with those places too.