This blog hasn’t been around long, so I figured this was the perfect time for a “getting to know you” kind of post. Here’s a list of my favorite things. Some of these are life-long favs; some are current favs. Anything you see in bold is my most favorite within that category. No bold in a category means my brain would explode into fizzy li’l chunks if I tried to choose, so I didn’t. Disclaimer: this list is in no way definitive.
Novels: Andrew’s Brain (E.L. Doctorow); Busy Monsters (William Giraldi); In the Miso Soup (Ryu Murakami); Eureka Street (Robert McLiam Wilson); The Green Mile (Stephen King); Heart of Darkness (Joseph Conrad); The Virgin Suicides (Jeffrey Eugenides); The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Stephen Chbosky); The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood); Beasts (Joyce Carol Oates).
YA/children’s books: The Giver (Lois Lowry); The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle (AVI); The 13 Reasons Why (Jay Asher); Amelia’s Notebook series (Marissa Moss); Time Warp Trio series, The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, The Frog Prince Continued, and The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales ( all by Jon Scieszka); The Secret Knowledge of Grown-Ups (David Wisniewski).
Short Stories: “Going to Meet the Man” (James Baldwin); “Down at the Dinghy” (J.D. Salinger); “The Moon in its Flight” (Gilbert Sorrentino); “The Dead” (James Joyce).
Movie(s): Spirited Away; Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (not to be confused with that straight cray adaptation of the book starring Johnny Depp); Pride & Prejudice (2005); Tekkonkinkreet; Brown Sugar; Big Fish; Kill Bill (both, but if I have to choose, vol. 2); Knocked Up, The Princess and the Frog; Love Actually.
TV Show(s): Futurama; Friends; The Odd Couple; The Bob Newhart Show; The Twilight Zone; Veronica Mars; The Big Bang Theory; Sherlock; Community; Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide; American Horror Story.
Cartoons (American): Gravity Falls; Adventure Time; Johnny Bravo; Doug; Dexter’s Laboratory; Courage the Cowardly Dog; Fosters Home for Imaginary Friends; Invader Zim; The Angry Beavers; Steven Universe.
Graphic novels/comics: The Sandman (Neil Gaiman); Watchmen (Alan Moore); Johnny the Homicidal Maniac (Jhonen Vasquez); Tekkonkinkreet (Taiyō Matsumoto).
Music artists: Andre 3000; Kendrick Lamar; Radiohead; Common; Nas; Jill Scott; Bloc Party; Gnarls Barkley; The Smiths; Deadmau5; Robert Glasper; Jimi Hendrix; Frank Ocean; Gorillaz; The Beatles; Incubus; Sweetback; Hot Hot Heat; People in Planes; J Dilla; Jamiroquai; Justin Timberlake; Blink-182; Yoko Kanno; Louis Prima; MAGIC!; Mute Math; Musiq Soulchild; New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra; The Yeah Yeah Yeahs; The Vines; A Tribe Called Quest; The Roots; Sade; Disclosure; Washed Out; honestly, this one could go on forever, so I’m stopping here.
Songs: “Don’t Kill the Magic” (MAGIC!); “Pilot Jones” (Frank Ocean); “Hey Now” (London Grammar); “Footsteps in the Dark” (Isley Brothers); “Latch” (Disclosure/Sam Smith); “My Body is a Cage” (Peter Gabriel); “Rigamortus” (Kendrick Lamar); “Faxing Berlin” I & II (Deadmau5); “Made You Look” (Nas); “Morning Bell” Kid A version (Radiohead); “Amnesia” (The Vines); “Blood” (The Middle East); “Shook Ones” (Mobb Deep); “Movies” (Alien Ant Farm); “Hell Song” (Sum 41); “Calls” Robert Glasper/Jill Scott; “Asleep” The Smiths; again, this could go on for quite awhile. Music is always tough to pick favorites for b/c it’s mostly according to mood for me.
Kinda cheesy/guilty pleasure songs: “So Yesterday” (Hilary Duff); “Burnin’ Up” (Jonas Brothers); “Who Do You Think You Are” (Spice Girls); “Shape of My Heart” (Backstreet Boys); “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” (Taylor Swift).
Painters/Illustrators/Photographers: Takashi Murakami; Aya Takano; James Jean; Pat Perry; Sylvia Ji; Mark Ryden; Silvia Grav; Nicolas Delort; Simon Prades; Jeremy Geddes; Hikari Shimoda; Jonathan Wayshak; the Mingarro brothers.
Collectable toy series/brands: Dunnys; BFF; Shawnimals; Friends with You; Futurama; Funko Pop! vinyl figures; Kid Robot.
Places I’ve been: London; New York City; San Francisco; Chicago; Houston.
Places I haven’t been: Japan; St. Petersburg; Greece; New Orleans; Portland, OR.
Sights unseen: Redwood National and State Park in California; the northern lights in Norway; the Ghibli museum in Tokyo, Japan; Wicklow Mountains National Park in Ireland.
I think that’s more than enough for now. My eyes are starting to hurt from staring at the computer screen. Yeesh… x.X
Me right now:
**The picture at the very top is a panel from the story “The Sound of Her Wings” found in volume 1 of The Sandman series.**