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Fiction: Anything by Kurt Vonnegut. I'm also a sucker for Russian
novels - Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, etc. A Dostoevsky novel is actually
where my online name comes from (points to you if you can name it
without the help of the googles).
Non-fiction: mostly history books, and then mostly relating to
Vietnam, Laos, or Cambodia. Sideshow, A Bright and Shining Lie,
Movies: It's easier to just say that if it's made by Francis Ford
Coppola, Quentin Tarantino, Guy Richie, Stanley Kubrick,
Dreamworks, or Pixar, I like it. There are other movies I like, but
I don't like making long lists and having to remember "oh, yeah,
that movie that had I think Tom Hanks in it that I saw maybe 10-12
years ago was good..."
TV: Doctor Who and Quite Interesting. BBC programming in general,
Music: Pretty much anything except violent, obscene gangster rap
and country music. I don't generally like artists so much as songs.
Most artists have some good songs and some shit ones, so I don't
make blanket statements about liking specific artists generally.
The only artist I can point to right now as someone I really like
across the board is Phil Ochs. He's like Bob Dylan, but way, way
Food: I love it. All of it. Anything edible I'll eat and probably
enjoy. Except nuts. I just can't stand nuts. I will eat (and have
eaten) things that aren't even dead yet, but I will not eat nuts.
Go figure. Vietnamese food especially, though. It's cheap,
delicious, healthy, and as of the past 2 or 3 years, really readily
available throughout the city.