In my spare time, I love to read, particularly nonfiction. Having said that, I have been on a bit of a fiction kick lately, having conquered War & Peace and Moby Dick in the last year. I feel really ignorant if I miss an issue of the Economist and the New Yorker, and am addicted to my Kindle.
I try to work out a couple of times a week and see friends on the weekends. I take salsa lessons occasionally, and what I lack in technique I make up for in enthusiasm. I have a taste for science fiction; I know way too much about Star Trek and Battlestar Galatica and can debate the finer points of interstellar diplomacy and Cylon battle tactics. My current TV obsession is Mad Men and am almost caught up. I like going to historic sites and discussing politics.
Other favorite books of mine include lots of fiction: Philip Roth, Richard Russo, Ian McEwan, Michael Chabon, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Charles Dickens, and Cormac McCarthy. And nonfiction: Edmund Morris, Robert Caro, Richard Evans, Edward Gibbon, Dumas Malone, Doris Kearns Goodwin, and David McCullough
Movies: Old School, Anchorman, Stepbrothers, 40 Year Old Virgin, Gandhi, the Godfather, the Godfather Part II, Cleopatra, the Spy Who Came in From the Cold, Master and Commander, Munich, Star Trek II, the Dark Knight, Brokeback Mountain, Wedding Crashers, No Country For Old Men, Slumdog Millionaire, The Hangover.
Music: My taste in music basically ends with the fall of the Berlin Wall. I can’t help it that superpower rivalry somehow makes for great music. So, I like a lot of 70s and 80s, with a few honorable mentions from the Clinton years, and a few also-rans from the dismal Bush years. I really like Eric Clapton, Huey Lewis And The News, Hall And Oates, Billy Idol, Def Leppard, Phil Collins, Fleetwood Mac, INXS, Journey, Doobie Brothers, Foreigner, Howard Jones.
Food: Italian, Mexican, Thai, Pizza (yes, I know this is covered under Italian, I'm just repeating for emphasis)
2. The shuffle feature on my iPod/Genius recommendations which are, usually, genius
3. Italian food
4. a witty comeback
5. eight cups of coffee per day, at a minimum.
6. The Economist