This is the longest answer you will never read.
Books: I read a lot of books. I read scifi, don't judge.
Actually judge away. Also all those books that enough people have
liked for long enough that they're called classics, and a bit of
modern fiction. I love talking about literature so go for it.
Examples; Milton, Anais Nin, Gormenghast, everything by J.G.
Ballard, Graham Greene, Ursula K Le Guin, Kurt Vonnegut, Joseph
Conrad, Sylvia Plath, Anthony Dumas, George Orwell, Oscar Wilde,
any Shelley you care to name, Ernest Hemingway, Raymond E Feist,
Dostoevsky, Margaret Atwood, George RR Martin, Robin Hobb, John le
Carre, William Gibson, Neil Gaiman.
I also read a bit of philosophy, particularly ethics. I
can't classify myself though, I don't know enough, and every time I
think I've decided on a world view the world changes. I'm really
drawn to some kind of Kantian absolutist view of the world because
I think I have a deep prejudice that morals should be hard to live
by and I like how unforgiving it is.
I like films. My favourite film is 12 Angry Men. That's like
your best china though, it's what you put out when the vicar is
coming to tea. My other favourite film for when I'm not being up
myself and trying to impress people is A Boy And His Dog which is a
schlocky dystopian postapocalyptic film about a boy and his
I like a lot of music. Disco, rock, indie, soul, reggae,
punk, electro, techno, house and an infinite number of other
Here's some more bands that I like; The Flaming Lips, The Who, The
Velvet Underground, Orbital, Angelic Upstarts, The Animals, Bikini
Kill, Blur, Dylan, The Kinks, The Clash, Sleeper, Sleater-Kinney,
Die Antwoord, Elastica, Girlschool, Jefferson Airplane, Temples,
The Doors, La Femme, The Mamas and the Papas, Iggy Pop, Brian Eno,
Lou Reed, Wire, 2Bears, The Undertones, Joy Division, The
Stranglers, Blondie, The Small Faces, Joan Jett and the
Blackhearts, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Echo and the
Bunnymen, Buraka Som Sistema, Ratata, Moderat, Daphni, Mr Scruff,
Pulp, PJ Harvey, The Prodigy, X-Ray Spex, The Smiths, The Verve,
The Beastie Boys, Donovan, T Rex, The Ramones, The Jam, The
Buzzcocks, The Grateful Dead, John Cooper Clarke.
NEW IMPROVED RECIPE! Comedians: Stewart Lee, Armando
Iannucci, Chris Morris, Julian Barratt, Richard Ayoade, Simon Pegg,
Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon (wasn't The Trip amazing? The Trip was
Food: Anything and everything, I cook a lot though and
really enjoy it, so I like to experiment and I like food that's had
a bit of thought go into it. I try and learn a bit of local cuisine
when I travel, so far the fruits of that have been a lot of great
east asian food and a huge selection of mezze from when I was
working in Lebanon.