I read a lot, usually books which explore important social themes
or traits of personality. Anything by Antonio Tabucchi, Mario
Vargas Llosa, Georges Simenon (he wrote more than "Maigret"
series), Joseph Roth, Bohumil Hrabal, Sandor Marai, Gyula Krudy,
Dezso Kosztolanyi, Roberto Bolano, Czeslaw Milosz, Witold
Gombrowicz, Stanislaw Lem, Herta Muller, Max Frish, Robert Musil,
Hermann Broch, Erskine Caldwell, Cormac McCarthy, and Kurt Vonnegut
(last doesn't mean least). I also read plenty of non-fiction.
Movies. Instead of titles, I can name some directors I adore:
Bunuel, Melville, Wajda, Kurosawa, Fellini, Kubrick, Tati,
Tarkovskii, Pintilie, Murnau, Fassbinder, Munk, Kusturica, Jim
Jarmush, Orson Welles, Preston Sturges, Sam Peckinpah, Milos
Forman, Jiri Menzel, Petr Zelenka, Miklos Jancso, Istvan Szabo,
Bela Tar, Chaplin, and Teshigahara. I teach film courses and do
scholarly research on cinema, so you know that I am a film buff,
but not a snob!
TV shows? I use my TV mostly for watching DVDs. I have never been a
fan of seasons-lasting sagas. Few exceptions: "South Park" "Twin
Peaks," the Swedish original version of "Wallander" because I have
been in love with low-key, underrated Scandinavian detective
stories. No "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" or Stig Larsen,
Music: jazz, avant-garde rock, world music, and classical. Too many
names to list: Dolphy, Davis, Zappa, The Fall, Captain Beefheart,
Wayne Shorter, Django Reinhardt, The Clash, Iva Bittova, Taraf de
Haidouks, Pere Ubu, Television, PIL, Bach and Stravinsky, APTEKA
plus a number of other Polish bands you've never heard of.
I am an innovative cook and eat everything minus meat pies and
super heavy, breaded dishes.