Voltaire's Candide means a lot to me.
Fiction-wise I love Vonnegut, Tom Robbins, Anthony Burgess, Camus. Hemmingway's Old Man and the Sea means a lot to me.
Movies: Eraserhead, Dancer in the Dark, Terry Gilliam's Brazil, Jacob's Ladder, Waking Life, Requiem for a Dream, Pink Floyd's The Wall, Yodok Stories. You could say that I generally stick to simple, feel-good movies.
Music: Lately a lot of RJD2, Frank Zappa, The Mountain Goats, and Woody Guthrie have been on rotation at my house. I need loud music to keep sane. I have a few hundred records, around 100 gb of mp3's. I would love to exchange music with you.