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Any interesting history book, good ol' good ols like Edward
Gibbon's Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, current newspapers,
19th century newspapers, oral history collections, most of all the
Cartoon History of the Universe, George R.R. Martin, Clockwork
Orange, David Mitchell, Neal Stephenson, Alan Moore, Art
Speigelman, Osamu Tezuka. Getting more into fiction, currently
reading Hilary Mantel's Cromwell series and loving it.
Carl Sagan's Cosmos, Daily Show, Colbert, Deadwood, Rome, Game of
Thrones, Breaking Bad, Check it Out! with Dr. Steve Brule, have
watched the entirety of Honey Boo Boo, with much ambivalence.
Anything with unapologetic passion: BRUUUUUUUCE, covers of Bruce,
Beethoven, Meat Loaf, Wagner, various other opera, Prince, Hall and
Oates, David Bowie, Motown, Justice, MSTRKRFT, other crunchy
electronica, Henry Purcell, Queen, Warren Zevon, Dvorak, Jackson
Browne, trashy pop (kind of in a major Ke$ha phase at the moment),
NPR is my jam.
Tasty food, often hummus. Since starting grad school I mainly
subsist on bagels and avocado.