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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 Dispossessed, The
People's History of the US, Invisible Man, 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
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, South Park, Sons of Anarchy. I also liked what I saw of
that thing where Elijah Wood smokes a ton of weed with a burly
Australian in a dog suit.
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,
and in Portlanders: Speaker Minds and Bad Habitat.
Food: Thai, Sushi, proper New York pizza and bagels.