Good conversation, whether about books, movies, politics, or whatever else, is very important to me. An ideal evening for me is spent with a few drinks and enough people to have a nice stimulating back and forth.
My favorite other books (I do mostly read philosophy these days, though I wish that weren't true) are Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, The Sound and the Fury, The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Metamorphosis, and Fraulein Else. I liked Tolkien a lot as a preteen, so I still enjoy reading him for nostalgia's sake from time to time.
For some reason I have a really hard time picking favorite movies, and I'd likely give a different list if you asked me a second time. I like all kinds of movies, both those that are really well done and those that are just thoughtless escapes.
Shows: Seinfeld, Six Feet Under, The Wire, Curb Your Enthusiasm. (I also like watching really trashy TV every once in a while...)
A few of my favorite musical artists: Radiohead, John Prine, Gillian Welch, The Smashing Pumpkins, The Magnetic Fields, Pedro the Lion. I love when people introduce me to new music, and I'm pretty open to most genres.
Food: Sushi, sandwiches and pastries.