Help your potential matches find common interests.
Sometimes I read just before I fall a sleep a poem from Harold
Bloom's "The Best Poems of the English Language, from Chaucer
through Robert Frost." I like Louise Bogan's poem "Men Loved Wholly
Beyond Wisdom," though it is not my favorite, it is apropos for
okcupid. Or maybe a bit more blue and certainly not in the Bloom
book, the John Fuller's poem "Valentine."
I use to read mostly nonfiction business books for example Jim
Collins, and Chip and Dan Heath or Kahneman. But, I am having fun
reading fiction lately, but also some non-business non-fiction such
as "Beast in the Garden." Of course, not everything I read is
highbrow - I read the "Hunger Game" series.
I read the NY Times religiously. Here as an appropriate to OK quote
from a recent David Brooks editorial: "Data struggles with the
social. Your brain is pretty bad at math (quick, what’s the square
root of 437), but it’s excellent at social cognition. People are
really good at mirroring each other’s emotional states, at
detecting uncooperative behavior and at assigning value to things
through emotion. Computer-driven data analysis, on the other hand,
excels at measuring the quantity of social interactions but not the
quality....Therefore, when making decisions about social
relationships, it’s foolish to swap the amazing machine in your
skull for the crude machine on your desk."