I hate being boxed into just one definition - or any sort of rigid self-definition in general. My passions are very varied - and I have always preferred having multiple, surface-level areas of knowledge rather than a concentration in just one place. I prefer being well-rounded to being wholly contained in just one field. I am interested in politics and am a proud identitarian.
I was not making a joke, or exaggerating when I said at a 2010 interview that cultural pursuit is probably the most important pursuit in my life. Over the years, I have come to want more and more understanding of culture, and to be a part of it, at least as a critic, as someone who knows what is going on in it's life. Writing record reviews is my most important artistic passion and pursuit.
I deeply enjoy various genres of music, mainly modern genres such as New Wave, post-rock, post-punk, and importantly modern indie music. This umbrella term, for me includes lo-fi amidst others. Occasional ambient and electronic music also fit into the mix. In addition, there is a permanent collection of rave music hidden away waiting to be listened and loved one day. Music that I focused on at various points in my life was punk rock, Madchester, and since 2010, indie.
Apart from music, I also highly enjoy the visual arts, from classical expressionism from the Reneissasance all the way up to Modern Art. I like a large variety of modern art from classical artists such as Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, and Still to certain artists that are not so prevalent today.
I have enjoyed a number of different films of varying genres - about 1600+ total as of 2016. I have enjoyed movies of very different styles, from art-house and expressionist cinema to raunchy, yet charming sex-comedies. Thus, I found myself in a perfect position to evaluate movies, from Fellini to Tarantino to Nolan and Roach. My favorite actor would almost certainly be Malcolm McDowell or Cary Grant. A favorite actress would be Audrey Hepburn, or someone else who I cannot presently think of. A favorite director would be either Alfred Hitchcock, or Lindsey Anderson. Notable mentions go out to Christopher Nolan, Edward D. Wood, and Orson Welles.
Books are another integral interest of mine, and I have focused primarily on classics such as Catch-22, The Great Gatsby, Divine Comedy, The Illiad, the works of William Faulkner, and various other books and authors of extremely high acclaim. These books were initially consumed to be intrinsically understanding of various cultural references at my parents' dinner parties. Favorite pieces of literature are Atlas Shrugged, Ulysses, Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man, and This Side of Paradise. Another favorite author is the much-forgotten Philip K. Dick who wrote books that surprisingly accurately predicted the future of society and of the world. Kafka, Steinbeck, Fitzgerald all have a spot reserved on that list as well.