When I start talking, and I'm not being too darn quiet, people are likely to describe me as smart, intellectual, thoughtful, observant, funny, and "different".
I alternate between books like Science in History, The Making of the English Working Class, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, Studies in English Prudery, and Enrique's Journey (a true story about a boy who rides the rails across Mexico to find his mother in America)... and humorous, lighter books like The Men Who Stare at Goats (Jon Ronson), I Am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil (and I Want to Be Your Class President), John Green, and Bossypants (Tina Fey). I recently read The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami, because why wouldn't I want to read a 607 page novel about a low-key unemployed lawyer whose cat goes missing?
Movies: Lord of the Rings, The Matrix, Office Space, The Big Lebowski, Star Wars, Amelie, Army of Darkness, The Princess Bride, O Lucky Man, most things by Kevin Smith. I watch a lot of movies, usually only once, ranging from documentaries, to the surreal madness of Jodorowsky, to blockbusters.
TV: Battlestar Gallactica, Lost, Firefly, Mythbusters, Nova ScienceNow, Daily Show, Colbert, South Park, Adult Swim, Archer, Adventure Time, Rick and Morty, Simpsons, Louie, Master of None, The Office, Trailer Park Boys, Star Trek: the Next Generation, Gallivant, The Walking Dead, Wilfred, Sherlock, Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul. In 2016, I loved Fargo, Stranger Things, Making A Murderer, The Fall, The OA. Guilty pleasures include Penny Dreadful, Chronicles of Shannara, The Magicians.
I have over 16000 songs on my iTunes but some of my favorites are: The Beatles, Beck, Cake, Cowboy Mouth, Death Cab for Cutie, The Decemberists, Jethro Tull, A Perfect Circle, Pink Floyd, Queen, Rilo Kiley, They Might Be Giants, Tool, and The Who.
In the last ten years: The Avett Brothers, Mumford & Sons, Beats Antique, Blind Pilot, The Black Keys, The Dodos, First Aid Kit, Fleet Foxes, Grouplove, Nicole Atkins, My Morning Jacket, Band of Horses, The Head and the Heart, Agnes Obel, Rodrigo y Gabriella, The Lumineers, Vampire Weekend, and Winterpills.
Podcasts: This American Life, Radiolab, Serial, StartUp, Savage Love, Skeptoid, The Allusionist, Criminal, CrimeTown, Homecoming, ReplyAll, Planet Money.
I enjoy Scrabble, Magic: the Gathering, occasional video games, Dixit, Cards Against Humanity, and more.
I am a lifelong vegetarian because my mom was a hippie when I was growing up and now I don't like the taste of meat. I don't have a problem with others eating meat. I like fruit, vegetables, beans and rice, pasta, tofu, chocolate, ice cream - lots of stuff, generally healthy, but no meat. I enjoy cooking, trying new food and recipes.
Feel free to say hello if you think we might click on some level and enjoy each other's company.