Art’s Interests

I’ve given up on trying to categorize, justify, or understand why I like the things I like. I think it takes away from liking something to explain why you like it, kind of like how explaining a joke ruins it. (This unplanned depreciation is called the Introspection Illusion.) My interests are below in an unplanned order.

  1. Going out to shows, where the opening act is your favorite act
  2. Coming up with band names
  3. Ducks
  4. Robots
  5. Donuts
  6. The book If You Want to Write
  7. Emma Goldman
  8. Kristin Hersh and her bands
  9. Fiona Apple
  10. Sharon Van Etten
  11. Courtney Barnett
  12. Boards of Canada
  13. Radiohead
  14. J Dilla
  15. “Just the Way You Are” by Billy Joel, and an old keyboard that played this song in every one of its digital instruments
  16. Keyboards in R&B songs
  17. Rhodes piano
  18. Vinyl records, especially ones you can’t find at just any record store and ones I learned about from my mom
  19. The Dorian mode in music
  20. Chronologically adjacent albums’ different takes on the same song, such as with Say Goodbye on Hunkpapa and The Real Ramona and Morning Bell on Kid A and Amnesiac
  21. Fretless bass (consider the Labyrinth soundtrack)
  22. The part in a song where the cello gets loud for a few seconds, where it’s usually very sad (consider “A Boy Like That/I Have A Love” from West Side Story)
  23. Giraffes
  24. Walking until my hips hurt and my feet blister
  25. Running until I can’t, sometimes accidentally a half marathon, sometimes purposefully a marathon
  26. Haiku
  27. The Nostalgia of the Infinite, a painting by Giorgio de Chirico
  28. ICO (the video game), but I still need to play it
  29. Shadow of the Colossus
  30. Spyro The Dragon, and its outstanding soundtrack
  31. The chemistry of philosophized colors
  32. Making lists (like this one)
  33. Self-reference (like above)
  34. Writing quickly into a journal
  35. Water
  36. Floating on top of a body of water looking up at the sky even though my bone-dense legs sink
  37. Sisu
  38. The idea of passing something down for generations and the high quality of that thing to make it happen
  39. Sonnets
  40. Receiving a handmade card
  41. Pokémon
  42. Overcast skies at temperate temperatures, also called cool, gray days
  43. The speed of clouds
  44. Noticing the leaves softly rustle in trees
  45. Sunlight shining through and around said leaves
  46. Calamitous seascapes
  47. Math as a game to play, as a juggling of concepts, not a juggling of numbers
  48. The way my head feels when I’m focused
  49. Peanut butter warmed by the toast it’s on
  50. Ryan Gosling
  51. Jazz, especially as covers of songs I like
  52. How birds are a bunch of varied, tiny dinosaurs
  53. Rivers
  54. The city of Newport, RI
  55. Large bodies of water reflecting the blue sky that’s already set with the sun
  56. Repair
  57. Sorting
  58. Driving several tanks of gas straight
  59. The reflection of cool, gray light on the dining table
  60. The reflection of cool, gray light on hot, dark coffee
  61. Sipping on the same cup of coffee all day
  62. What my parents and grandparents did when they were my age
  63. Spiders
  64. Driving at 45 mph, especially over bridges

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