Everything by Robertson Davies and Kurt Vonnegut, Disgrace by J. M. Coetzee, Larry's Party by Carol Shields, anything about Chinese or Canadian history, Bowling Alone by Thomas Putnam, 1984 by George Orwell (I don't care if everyone has to read it in high school, its a good book and I'm standing by it!), Happiness (TM) by Will Ferguson, Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham, The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck.
The Royal Tenenbaums, Rushmore, Spirited Away, Ghostworld, Adaptation, Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy, Sideways, Jurassic Park
Modest Mouse, The Smiths, Kid Cudi, Of Montreal, Vampire Weekend, Owen Pallet, Arcade Fire, Julie Dorion, B. A. Johnson, XTC, Sufjan Stevens, Allie Hughes, Jim Gutherie
2. Some sort of 'quest' to be working over in my mind
3. Places to explore
6. A clay parrot I call "the Kenta Bird"