Recently moved back to NYC after 5 years in the San Francisco area. It's nice to be back!
HER: "Oh, your hair!"
ME: "What, is it out of place?"
HER: "You're losing it!"
My receding hairline is the worst physical ailment I've had to deal with thus far in life; I'd say that makes me pretty lucky.
ETA: I've since then given in to the inevitable and shaved my head entirely. So I guess that would be what people notice?
The Chronicles of Prydain, Lloyd Alexander
A Wrinkle in Time, Madeline L'Engle
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
The Salmon of Doubt, Douglas Adams (this was a minor, posthumously-published collection of essays and unfinished fiction and yet it was one of the most influential books I've ever read for reasons I would be happy to elaborate upon)
Dune, Frank Herbert
Why I Am Not A Christian, Bertrand Russell
An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding, David Hume
The Logic of Scientific Discovery, Karl Popper (I haven't actually read all of this one)
The Demon-Haunted World, Carl Sagan
The Selfish Gene, Richard Dawkins
Nothing To Be Afraid Of, Julian Barnes
The Twilight of American Culture, Morris Berman
The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt, Edmund Morris
The Least Dangerous Branch, Alexander Bickel
I also really like the first three books of A Song of Ice and Fire though I wouldn't call them life-changing. I've read a lot of Gaiman and think he's *slightly* overrated, except for Smoke and Mirrors which was the best short story collection I've ever read, and Good Omens which I attribute more to Terry Pratchett. Tolkien is a terrible writer, however influential he's been.
After mostly avoiding TV for about a decade, it seems we're in the midst of a TV renaissance in recent years. Some current/recent favorites:
Doctor Who (Tennant > Smith!)
Supernatural (bit of a guilty pleasure)
The Walking Dead
Game of Thrones
Futurama (but mostly the pre-cancellation stuff)
Arrested Development (including season 4!)
American Horror Story
I just watched Breaking Bad this year; even going into it with the unrealistically high expectations set by everyone I've ever talked to about the show, I was still incredibly impressed.
I grew up on MST3K, The X Files, and Brisco County, Jr. (which only lasted for a year, but what a year!) DS9 > TOS > TNG > all the rest
Movies are a broad topic, let's just say my taste largely tracks that in books and TV. I have also never seen a Woody Allen film I didn't love, even the bad ones. JJ Abrams is a deal breaker (ETA: The Force Awakens was *okay*, but Abrams gets little credit for essentially remaking A New Hope).
As far as food goes I'm pretty open. There are few things I won't try. Except mushrooms. Mushrooms are fucking gross.
My bike (or at least *a* bike, since they keep getting stolen)
New York City, which still felt like home when I recently came back after 5 years in the San Francisco bay area.
Also I recently submitted an abstract to a conference promising to produce a "unified theory of legal epistemology." I have no idea what the hell that even means. [ETA: I presented that paper! Still not sure what it means.]
* Weekend bike rides. Upper Manhattan to Coney Island, anyone?
* Science and cocktails events, which are refreshingly plentiful in this city
* Board game nights! I had a regular game of Battlestar Galactica going in Berkeley
* Play parties of the swinging or kink variety
* Woody Allen movies, or midnight shows at the Sunshine or IFC
* Craft beer! Even better if video games are included