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Books: The Handmaid's Tale is my most recent favorite. George
Orwell is pretty damn great, more I think for stuff like Homage to
Catalonia than the usual suspects. Haruki Murakami is pretty damn
great too, especially Kafka on the Shore and Norwegian Wood. I am
embarrassingly familiar with The Game of Thrones books. Apart from
that, Spring Snow, The Shock Doctrine, The Sparrow, Great
Expectations, The Things They Carried, The Grapes of Wrath, The
Dispossessed, The People's History of the US, Invisible Man,
Pedagogy of the Oppressed, One Hundred Years of Solitude, The
Autobiography of Malcolm X and some comics such as Sandman and
Trans-Metropolitan. These are some things that come to mind.
Movies: Adaptation, 12 Angry Men, Seven Samurai and other Kurosawa,
Pulp Fiction, The History Boys, Almost Famous, The Big Lebowski,
City of God, pretty much any Scorsese I've seen, Rear Window, One
Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Fight Club, This is Spinal Tap,
Princess Mononoke, Dazed and Confused.
TV (dammit): The Wire, The Simpsons, Mad Men, Seinfeld, The
Sopranos, Vikings and Trailer Park Boys. Also, I will never be too
old to love the Gargoyles cartoon.
Music: Alice In Chains, Joseph Arthur, Lowkey, System of a Down,
Leonard Cohen, The Coup, At the Drive-in, Murder City Devils, The
Clash, The Pogues, Rise Against, 16 Horsepower, Immortal Technique,
Speaker Minds, Bad Habitat and Luck-One.
Food: Thai, Sushi, proper New York pizza and bagels.