These are my 10 least favorite things about the world.

  1. religious fanatics (the ones who use religion to justify various types of interpersonal nastiness, including war)
  2. ads
  3. small talk
  4. large crowds
  5. ambulances and hospitals
  6. dumb rules like you can’t bring food into a movie theater or you can’t take a half-empty bottle of wine with you when you leave a restaurant…wtf?
  7. excessive talking amongst the audience during the public showing of a movie
  8. useless knick-nacks, whether they be of the refrigerator door, mantle, or coffee-table variety; excessive decorating in general
  9. genre fiction (westerns, sci-fi, romantic comedies, etc.)
  10. restaurants with too many items on the menu (100, for instance, is too many)

Okay, those aren’t really my 10 least favorite things about the world. Those are my 10 least favorite things about the world when really, really bad shit isn’t happening right at that moment.

These are my 10 least favorite things about the world.

These are my favorite foods.

  1. Monte Enebro (an unpasteurized Spanish goat cheese with penicillin mold growing on it…hhholy)
  2. blue cheeses
  3. smoked gouda
  4. extra sharp cheddar cheese
  5. Kalamata olives
  6. Domaine des Blagueurs (a freaking awesome $10 syrah)
  7. red bell peppers (uncooked, uncut, eaten like an apple)
  8. Pineapple juice
  9. sushi/sashimi
  10. a Philly cheesesteak

Taste might just be my favorite of the five senses. Cheese is definitely my favorite of the food groups. Yes, I grew up before the discovery of the food triangle.

These are my favorite foods.

These 10 books have influenced my thinking more than any others.

  1. The Archaeology of Knowledge by Michel Foucault
  2. Beyond Good and Evil by Friedrich Nietzsche
  3. Reason in History by Hegel
  4. Three Uses of the Knife: On the Nature and Purpose of Drama by David Mamet
  5. Jihad vs. McWorld by Benjamin Barber
  6. Propaganda by Jacques Ellul
  7. Consciousness Explained by Daniel C. Dennett
  8. Society Must be Defended by Michel Foucault
  9. Strong Democracy by Benjamin Barber
  10. Madness and Civilization: A History of Insanity in the Age of Reason by Michel Foucault

Books 1 through 4 on this list have radically affected the way I live and think. Books 1 and 2 have permanently altered the structure of my DNA.

These 10 books have influenced my thinking more than any others.

As of right this second, these are my 10 favorite stories in book or play form.

  1. Hamlet by William Shakespeare
  2. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  3. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  4. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemmingway
  5. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
  6. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
  7. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
  8. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  9. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  10. The Wild Party by Joseph Moncure March

I’ve read each of these books at least twice, and some of them many times more than twice. That’s how much I love them.

As of right this second, these are my 10 favorite stories in book or play form.