I’ve got some decent stuff written and am trying to get published. I’m not one of those “write for yourself and only yourself” types. I’m trying to make my stuff more accessible and satisfying. Marketable is what I’m getting at. My current story is about a forbidden romance between an orc an and elf. Just kidding. But I'm sure you could write something good from that concept.
Currently trying to find a real job.
Books: Fiction: James Joyce (I return to Ulysses for inspiration frequently and half of what I write is Joyce fan fiction), Franz Kafka, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, H.P. Lovecraft, Haruki Murakami. Nonfiction: But What If We’re Wrong? was thought-provoking and Gödel Escher Bach literally changed the way I thought about everything. Poetry: ee cummings, Dante, Pablo Neruda, William Carlos Williams. Graphic Novels / Manga: Inio Asano, Junji Ito (haven’t gotten very far into this genre).
Video games: Hitman, Portal 2, Limbo, Pokemon, Zelda. Casual gamer here.
Movies: Citizen Kane, a short film called Un Chien Andalou (it’s still radical 90 years later! You can find it on YouTube I think, though they keep trying to pull it down), Pulp Fiction, Dr. Strangelove, Repulsion. I liked Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, since that movie seems a popular choice.
Shows: The Simpsons & South Park (I like cartoons I guess. When it comes to these shows, I have a phonographic memory. That’s a Simpsons quote, by the way. They have a quote to go with every situation!), Louie, Bojack Horseman. I also liked Breaking Bad and Lost, but haven’t seen Game of Thrones.
Music: John Coltrane, The Velvet Underground, Nine Inch Nails, Neurosis, Kanye West, Leonard Cohen. That’s six oops. I like noisy stuff like Sonic Youth or Boris, but sometimes go for something softer. In college I wrote a paper about the grindcore genre, if you’ve heard of that. OK, some modern not-too-crazy bands I like: A Perfect Circle, Cold War Kids, The Killers, The Decembrists, The White Stripes.
Food: I kind of keep it simple. I literally eat ground beef and steamed broccoli and carrots with a side of bread for dinner. I eat out more than I should though.
Springs. As in coiled-up springs, not hot springs or the season. Given the interdependencies of the modern world, I’m sure I’d be in a sorry state without them.
Free time. Seriously. While in grad school it felt like I had no free time and it was terrible.
The Internet, obviously. I mean I did OK without it for the first sixteen years of my life, but Internet access is now officially a human right, according to the UN or something.
My Holy Grail. I have one of those in my bedroom and it’s great.
I like to think that in five hundred years our descendants will read about the problems of our day and wonder why we didn’t have our shit together.