Books: Just finished reading Gaiman's The Sandman Chronicles...it
pretty much blew my mind. Another favorite of 2012 was Cloud Atlas.
As for the staples...my favorites are Midnight's Children,
Dandelion Wine, The Fountainhead, anything by Lewis Thomas, A Tale
of Two Cities...and a ton of others. I try to keep a healthy dose
of literature in my life even though most of my time is spent on
science...my books are split between two states and I still don't
have enough room for them.
Movies: I love most anything I watch - I'm not going to lie, I
definitely fall into the category of "dudes who like to quote
movies they've seen as a form of social currency"...that being
said, I'm also a big fan of animated movies (e.g. anything by
Miyazaki) and epic masterpieces (think There Will Be Blood)
Shows: I secretly love to dance like a moron at electronic and
otherwise high-energy shows. Don't judge. That said, I'm down to go
to anything. Oh wait. Did they mean TV shows? In that case: The
Wire is the greatest thing since sliced bread, Frisky Dingo is
idiotic but awesome, and I'm still waiting for Jon Snow to get it
on with that Wildling lady. The tension is killing me.
Music: I love all kinds of music, but some long-standing favorites
are: DJ Shadow, The Books, Led Zeppelin, the Pharcyde, Vince
Guaraldi, Art Blakey, Bonobo, Esperanza Spalding, Joni Mitchell,
Joanna Newsom, and Radiohead. I'll always have a special place in
my heart for anything funky, bluesy, or jazzy (5 years in New
Orleans will do that to you). Also, if the band "Oysterhead" means
anything to you, then hurrah!
Food: I love eating food more than most people I know. One of the
reasons that I climb is that it means I can eat anything - I've
been described as a human garbage disposal on more than one