If you like talking about all kinds of pop culture - and I mean all kinds - we should hang, because odds are we'll get along quite well. I'm a fantasy/sci-fi nerd to an extent, and a half-assed film buff, too. Talk to me about comic books, although I've kind of fallen off a lot of the new stuff of late.
Books: That's such a broad category. Let's split this up a bit.
Prose - Well, first up - Infinite Jest changed my life. From there - The Great Gatsby (in my opinion, one of the only perfect novels ever written), Moby Dick (certainly a contender as well), American Gods, A Song of Ice and Fire, The Real Life of Sebastian Knight, Lolita (I absolutely adore Nabokov - well, okay, Pnin and Transparent Things weren't that great, but he gets a pass for everything else), Ender's Game (I have a soft spot for the original sequels, but the new stuff is just... unnecessary. The original is gold, though).
Graphic novels/comic books - Sandman. Bone. Transmetropolitan. All three of these are really long and excellent. Reading Hellblazer from the beginning and really enjoying that. Crisis on Infinite Earths still holds up. I respect Alan Moore, but aside from Watchmen I've never really fell in love with anything he's done. And don't get me started on Garth Ennis or Mark Millar.
Poetry - Oooh. My most recent favorite is Ian Hamilton. Apart from him: John Berryman, obviously his 77 Dream Songs. Jason Whitmarsh - Tomorrow's Living Room (my favorite book of contemporary poetry). Joe Wenderoth, Letters to Wendy's (this and Whitmarsh's book are what made me finally understand prose poetry - now I write a lot of that). Cody Walker, Catherine Wing, and Cathy Park Hong all do some fascinating strict formal experiments. And how could I not mention A. Van Jordan? Go read Macnolia. From both a storytelling and poetic standpoint it's brilliant.
Oh man. My five favorites are The Big Lebowski (so immaculately constructed), The Fifth Element (infinitely rewatchable, the world is so thoroughly realized, and oh my god the costume design), The Fountain (artistically beautiful, with the best film score I've ever heard - yes, better than the Lord of the Rings), Before Sunrise, and Gegen die Wand (the most enthralling movie I've ever watched). I'm also a big fan of Stephen Chow (Kung Fu Hustle, Shaolin Soccer), the Lord of the Rings films, the original Star Wars trilogy; if it's part of some broad film canon and I've seen it, I very likely like it. However, I have little patience for stuff like The Tree of Life. I'm a Philistine.
Everything Whedon. Angel is probably overall my favorite, but season 3 of Buffy is impressive in that it's 22 episodes and only 4 of them are less than amazing.
Deadwood. The first season made me like westerns.
The Wire. I don't need to say more.
Community, Arrested Development, Parks and Rec, selected seasons of 30 Rock. Oh, and Adventure Time, because I have a soul.
Currently in awe of Orphan Black and Tatiana Maslany's ridiculous range.
My holy trinity - the three bands that always and forever get a free pass from me - consists of Iron Maiden, R.E.M., and Radiohead. Lately I'm really into Wye Oak, Kurt Vile, Starfucker, Poolside, and Screaming Females. When I'm making music - if I'm jamming on sax I take most of my cues (ie rip off) from Coltrane, Bowie, and a lot of jazz standards, but when I'm composing I keep coming back to Krautrock. I like loops.
Döner. Imagine a gyro, but 300 times better and super cheap. I honestly want to go back to Germany just for Döner. One of the things I loved most about Chicago is Zizi's Cafe (near Diversey). You can get an authentic Döner on fresh baked bread, and holy shit, it tastes just like the Vaterland.
I'm not actually super picky. Not a big fan of most seafood for some reason, but otherwise, most things done right taste good to me.
I also had long hair for a while, and when I finally decided to cut it, I actually waited two months because a couple of my friends had started constantly speculating about what I'd look like with short hair and I wanted it to be totally my decision. Yeah. That's me.
...you like to have long, overanalytical conversations about pop culture.
...you want to play tennis with someone who hasn't played tennis in ages but dearly loves the sport. Weird plug? Weird plug.