Nonfiction (shorter, I promise): Phil Zimbardo's The Lucifer Effect, anything by David Brooks, Jonathan Weiner's The Beak of the Finch, Tim Weiner's A Legacy of Ashes (fabulous, but hey, everything on the list is fabulous), John T. Cacioppo's Loneliness: Human Nature and the Need for Social Connection, Sean Dorrance Kelly's and Hubert Dreyfus's All Things Shining, Ben Mezrich, Tim Harford's The Logic of Life, Super/Freakonomics, Benjamin Hoff’s The Tao of Pooh and The Te of Piglet, and Oscar Wilde's De Profundis.
Poetry: Shakespeare, e e cummings, John Donne, William Blake, Pablo Neruda, Ovid, Horace, Vergil, John Keats, Langston Hughes, and Emily Dickinson.
Movies: Raiders of the Lost Ark, Dr. Strangelove, The Jerk, Goodfellas, Star Wars the original trilogy, before George Lucas revamped them, The Last Emperor, Psycho, The Exorcist, The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly, 1900, Once Upon A Time in America, Toy Story and The Jungle Book.
Shows: The Wire, The Hour, Community, The Simpsons, Futurama, South Park, Ken Burns’s Jazz, The Mighty Boosh, Peep Show, Black Books, The IT Crowd, Blackadder, 30 Rock, Robot Chicken, Star Trek, Star Trek: TNG, Doctor Who and Curb Your Enthusiasm.
Music: I like all music. Lots of Jazz, Rock, Rap, Chant, Classical, anything. I even grew to appreciate Cartman singing "Come Sail Away." But the top few musicians (mostly piano music, since that's what I play) lately would be Anonymous 4, Herbie Hancock, Ramsey Lewis, Ennio Morricone, (A few composers: Debussy, Bach, Satie, Stockhausen, Scriabin, Haydn, Beethoven, Mozart, Ligeti, Chopin, Gershwin, Ravel, Sibelius, Shostakovich) Sviatoslav Richter, Sparklehorse, Friedrich Gulda, Glenn Gould, Bill Coleman, Deadmau5, Skrillex, The King’s Singers, Motown, Stevie Wonder, The Tallis Scholars, Emil Gilels, Peter Serkin, Burt Bacharach, Vladimir Horowitz, Tupac, Chilly Gonzalez Martha Argerich, Marc-André Hamelin, Bob Dylan, Cream, B.B. King, Muddy Waters, Nikolai Kapustin, Leonard Bernstein, Ray Charles, David Bowie, Public Enemy (who were great live in Central Park summer '10!) Charlie Parker, Sidney Bechet, Billy Taylor, Thelonious Monk, Cannonball Adderley, John Coltrane, [[Nelly], Weather Report, John Lewis and The Modern Jazz Quartet, Miles Davis, Billie Holiday, Yo-Yo Ma, Andrei Gavrilov, Murray Perahia, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Disco, Matt Haimovitz, Bond, Duke Ellington, The Jungle Book Soundtrack, A Tribe Called Quest, Mos Def, Luciano Pavarotti, Jim Croce, Gilbert & Sullivan, Beck, Dave Brubeck, Tom Waits, Darius Milhaud, Joni Mitchell, Charles Mingus, Keith Jarrett, James Brown, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, Sting, Michael Jackson, The Who, Thierry Escaich and lots of movie/show soundtracks (Murray Gold rocks it on Doctor Who!
Food: Italian, Chinese, Indian, and occasionally Japanese. Mexican and Spanish is good, just not my favorite.
1) Friends, family and people in general
4) My writing
6) Rain dances