Some Things I Like

I collect music, books, and films, and have many thousands of each in my crowded flat. I read widely in non-fiction genres and have extremely diverse tastes in music, but my film choices are a bit more selective. The following ridiculously long lists were copied from my facebook and okcupid profiles.

some authors I like (alphabetically save for the first five, roughly my faves): Friedrich Nietzsche, Gore Vidal, Michel Foucault, Edward Said, Allen Ginsberg, Theodor Adorno, Aristotle, Karen Armstrong, Talal Asad, Isaac Asimov, Mikhail Bakunin, Charles Baudelaire, Greg Bear, Walter Benjamin, Alfred Bester, Fernand Braudel, Charles Bukowski, Joseph Campbell, Albert Camus, Orson Scott Card, Lewis Carroll, Mike Carey, Manuel Castells, Noam Chomsky, Arthur C. Clarke, Juan Cole, Alice Conklin, Gregory Corso, Charles Darwin, Richard Dawkins, Gilles Deleuze, Daniel C. Dennett, Philip K. Dick, Charles Dickens, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Émile Durkheim, Bart D. Ehrman, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Andre Gunder Frank, Sigmund Freud, Neil Gaiman, Peter Gay, William Gibson, Martin Gilbert, Edward Glaeser, Emma Goldman, Anthony Gottlieb, Antonio Gramsci, Brian Greene, Jürgen Habermas, Michael Hardt, David Harvey, Lawrence J. Hatab, Samuel Heilman, Robert Heinlein, Herman Hesse, Marshall G.S. Hodgson, David Hume, Franz Kafka, Michio Kaku, Immanuel Kant, Jack Kerouac, Rashid Khalidi, Naomi Klein, J Krishnamurti, Milan Kundera, Emmanuel Levinas, Mark LeVine, H.P. Lovecraft, Gabriel García Márquez, Karl Marx, Robert K. Massie, Benny Morris, Pablo Neruda, George Orwell, Stephen Pinker, Tariq Ramadan, Anne Rice, Matt Ridley, Rainer Maria Rilke, Richard Rorty, Bertrand Russell, Carl Sagan, Jean-Paul Sartre, Tom Segev, Gershon Shafir, Michael Shermer, Peter Singer, Anthony D. Smith, Baruch Spinoza, Ehud Sprinzak, Neal Stephenson, Joseph Stiglitz, Max Stirner, Tristan Taormino, Mark Twain, J.R.R. Tolkien, Eugen Weber, Max Weber, Walt Whitman, Bill Willingham, Oscar Wilde, Edward O. Wilson, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Daniel Yergin, Howard Zinn.

some periodicals I read (alphabetically save for the first, my fave): The Economist, American Historical Review, Foreign Affairs, The Guardian, International Journal of Middle East Studies, Israel Studies Forum, Journal of Palestine Studies, Middle East Journal, The Nation, New Left Review, The New Republic, New Scientist, Newsweek, The New York Times, The Progressive, Scientific American, Tikkun.

some films I like (alphabetically save for the first five, roughly my faves): 2001: A Space Odyssey, Waltz with Bashir, Fight Club, Moon, Ghost World, Amèlie, American Beauty, Apocalypse Now, Army of Darkness, Battle of Algiers, The Big Lebowski, Bladerunner, Blazing Saddles, Chasing Amy, City of Lost Children, A Clockwork Orange, Contact, Dances With Wolves, The Dark Crystal, The Dreamers, Eat Drink Man Woman, The Empire Strikes Back, Europa Europa, The Fifth Element, A Fistful of Dollars, Gattaca, Goodbye Lenin!, Labyrinth, Life is Beautiful, Lost in Translation, Memento, Mirror Mask, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, The Muppet Movie, Other Peoples’ Lives, Pan’s Labyrinth, Paradise Now, Paths of Glory, Persepolis, Pi, The Princess Bride, Pulp Fiction, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Rocky Horror Picture Show, A Scanner Darkly, Shortbus, Slumdog Millionaire, Snatch, Solaris, Sphere, Titanic, Trainspotting, Unforgiven, The Usual Suspects, Waking Life, Walk on Water, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

some comedians I like (alphabetically): Lewis Black, George Carlin, Stephen Colbert, Bill Hicks, Eddie Izzard, Sam Kinison, Bill Maher, Richard Pryor, Jon Stewart.

some musicians I like (alphabetically save for the first five, roughly my faves): Tom Waits, The Beatles, Dead Can Dance, Pet Shop Boys, Queen, Alice in Chains, Tori Amos, Anberlin, Animal Collective, Arcade Fire, Arkona, Astral Projection, Bad Religion, Balkan Beat Box, Barenaked Ladies, Beats Antique, Beck, Jeff Beck, Bee Gees, Belle & Sebastian, B-52’s, Björk, The Black Keys, Bloodhound Gang, Blur, David Bowie, Anouar Brahem, The Bravery, Breaking Benjamin, Carolina Liar, Nick Cave, Hayko Cepkin, Chumbawamba, The Church, The Clash, Clotaire K, Leonard Cohen, Coldplay, Ferry Corsten, Elvis Costello, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Cruachan, Crystal Method, The Cure, DAM, Dandy Warhols, Dead Kennedys, Death Cab for Cutie, The Decemberists, Def Leppard, Delerium, Depeche Mode, Ani DiFranco, Dimmu Borgir, Dizzee Rascal, The Doors, Nick Drake, Dream Theater, Dropkick Murphys, Duran Duran, Bob Dylan, Electric Light Orchestra, Eluveitie, Eminem, Envy, Finntroll, Flaming Lips, Flogging Molly, Franz Ferdinand, Peter Gabriel, Gogol Bordello, Hallucinogen, Hadag Nahash (הדג נחש), Mekaal Hasan Band, Hinder, Hooverphonic, IAM, In Extremo, Infected Mushroom, INXS, Iron Maiden, Jack Johnson, Jamiroquai, Jay-Z, Elton John, Joy Division, Juno Reactor, Kano, Killers, KMFDM, Korpiklaani, Kraftwerk, Lady Gaga, Lady Sovereign, Lazywall, LCD Soundsystem, Julian Lennon, Linkin Park, Marilyn Manson, Dave Matthews, Paul McCartney, Sarah McLachlan, Megadeth, MGMT, M.I.A., Midnight Oil, Ministry, Moby, Modest Mouse, Morrissey, Peter Murphy, Muse, Nas, New Order, Nickelback, Nine Inch Nails, Nirvana, NOFX, N.W.A., Oakenfold, Oingo Boingo, Orphaned Land, Outlandish, Owl City, Paramore, Pearl Jam, Tom Petty, Phoenix, Pink Floyd, Police, Primus, Psy4 De La Rime, Radiohead, Rage Against the Machine, Idan Raichel Project, Rajna, Ramones, Rammstein, The Real McKenzies, R.E.M., Rise Against, RUSH, Saltatio Mortis, Joe Satriani, Schandmaul, Sepultura, Shotei HaNevua, Shpongle, Silversun Pickups, Paul Simon, Skinny Puppy, Slayer, The Smiths, Snow Patrol, MC Solaar, Soulgrind, Bruce Springsteen, Steely Dan, Stereolab, Sufjan Stevens, Super Furry Animals, Matthew Sweet, Teapacks (טיפקס), Tears for Fears, Them Crooked Vultures, Three Days Grace, Tiësto, Toad the Wet Sprocket, The Tragically Hip, Travis, Useless ID, Rufus Wainwright, Roger Waters, Weezer, The White Stripes, Within Temptation, Robbie Williams, Wolfchant, XTC, Younger Brother, Dhafer Youssef.

some composers I like (alphabetically): Barry, Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy, Dvořák, Glass, Goldsmith, Grieg, Liszt, Mendelssohn, Mussorgsky, Rachmaninoff, Ravel, Rimsky-Korsakov, Saint-Saëns, Satie, Schubert, Schumann, Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky, Williams.

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