I enjoy ephemera of all kinds, but I seem to have a knack for interests that are now ridiculously commonplace; po-mo analysis, "good" bad movies, musical colonialism, etc. To be honest, I'm kind of tired of it, or to quote the guy who quoted the other guy: "I'm so far ahead of you I'm in back of you." Portland makes me feel both old and pointless, and young and vibrant. Welcome to the dialectic, motherfucker (as the Philosopher once said).
Keepin' my Tiger claws retracted in the year of the Monkey (while dodging all the life-challenging coconuts the said Monkey has been throwing at me all year).
Debating bad-habit-killing strategies.
Reading bout dead people who lived long ago and far away.
Formulating musical ideas, and trying to implement them within my means.
...And of course, making basil pesto...
I have to say that in all honesty, I almost never read fiction, so I'm not up on the "lit nerd" thing. It seems as much of a fetish/cool-kid aesthetic as music is for a lot of people, with the name dropping and whatnot (as in the ridiculously common Haruki Murikami/Jorge Borges/Rumi troika that is obnoxiously proliferate in y'alls profiles on here in the last few years).
I've still got a long list of reads to attend to, mostly in the "I've always wanted to.." or recommendation vein, but I'm usually distracted by music or film or something else. Chances are I've probably heard of it, but never read it, or attempted/read part of it, but lost interest.
Nonfiction is a different thing entirely; I've read so much I don't know where to begin, especially history/art/culture-related shtuff. Giles Milton and Jared Diamond are old favorites, as are The Many Headed Hydra, George Sansom's classic history of Japan, and Robert Lacy's Saudi history book "The Kingdom." You probably get the gist of my tastes, and don't even get me started on scholarly articles...
As far as the Cineaste shtuff: early Coen Brothers, Terrence Malick, Zhang Yimou, early Ridley Scott (not Tony, though I have a soft spot for The Hunger), Steven Soderbergh, Stanley Kubrick, Dario Argento, Peter Weir, Atom Egoyan, Werner Herzog, Erroll Morris, Sergio Leone, and of course, the inimitable Peter Watkins. In addition, I'm a fan of Japanese cinema, from the the obvious Kurosawa, to the (slightly) more obscure Shinoda and Oshima and beyond.
There are way too many films/directors I enjoy, and I always leave someone off the list until I get re-acquainted. I devour lots of documentaries, and I love me some cheesy horror/chop-socky/direct-to-video sleaze,
A tougher nut to crack, but this is a bit of a smattering (updated often), And if you are so inclined, feel free to play any of them at the same time (and PLEASE message me if you do, I'd love to hear about which combos work best...) :)
Food! This is much easier, and simpler, perhaps because food has less of a specific social component
(but what's up with the "bacon" zeitgeist?
UPDATE: the "bacon zeitgeist" has officially passed, and we have now apparently entered the "Cupcake Zeitgeist.").
Two words describe my food preferences: Heat (as in Scoville units), and Flavor. Combinations of the two are best, but each one should be present in something awesome, be it meat-ridden, or vegan.
musical instruments of all shapes and sizes
income inequality, and the relative political simplicity of ending it
missed opportunities, and how not to miss them in the future
Shame OKCupid, Shame...
You like mellow people that get animated at the prospect of shared interests, beliefs, and whatnot.
Oh and also if you wanna escape to Cape Breton. (or perhaps Kamloops?)
Oh yeah, if you ARE from Cape Breton or Kamloops.
No really, I'm serious. Totally fucking serious. :I