i'm not sure i can list all of these. i mainly like the books that
make me look smart. this isn't to say that i don't actually
appreciate and enjoy them - i like my medium-to-heavy reading to an
absurd degree and i've totally been late for appointments because i
couldn't find the right book to take along. but, well, egg-headed
books are totally like a hanky code for nerds, and carrying around
The Death And Life Of Great American Cities is basically flagging
"look at me, i'm an urban NPR-listening goofball. i dropped out of
a fourth-tier university but i'm not a moron, i swear." i don't
mind that, we're all flagging somehow.
i like all the music and movies that urban NPR-listening goofballs
would be expected to. that doesn't mean that i recognize whatever
twee indie band i'm hearing - for someone who once fancied himself
a decent musician, i'm woefully not up-to-date on what current
musicians are actually -doing-. i also enjoy kitschy, kinda faggy
stuff like erasure and the pet shop boys and adam ant. this makes
sense. i listen to herb kent on saturday mornings as i especially
enjoy all manner of dusty 1970s R&B grooves.
as food goes: i used to say i like nearly everything, but that's
simply not true. actually, on further reflection, i -don't- like
nearly everything at all, and i took up cooking partly as a way to
never have to eat anything i don't like again. i haven't so much as
looked a poached egg in the eye since about the age of eleven, and
i'm sure i'll make it to my grave without ever eating another one.
however: i do like indian/southeast asian food, many varieties of
latin american cuisine, nigiri sushi, and all the major american
varieties of barbecue. i'm generally adventurous, food-wise, but
i'm never going to be one of those people who absolutely must order
from the seeeeecret untranslated menu at the asian joints.