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. Coming up with band names
  2. Ducks
  3. Shadow of the Colossus
  4. Limbo (the video game)
  5. Denmark
  6. Robots
  7. “Groaner” jokes
  8. Douglas Hofstadter’s books
  9. The book If You Want to Write
  10. Kristin Hersh and her bands
  11. Fiona Apple
  12. “Just the Way You Are” by Billy Joel, and an old keyboard that would play the song in every one of its digital instruments, even machine gun
  13. Giraffes
  14. Keyboards in R&B songs
  15. Rhodes piano
  16. 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)
  17. Walking until my hips hurt and my feet blister
  18. Running until I can’t, sometimes accidentally a half marathon, sometimes purposefully a marathon
  19. Someday sending lots of postcards to family and friends from the places I go
  20. Russian as a language and as a dressing
  21. Haiku
  22. The Nostalgia of the Infinite, a painting by Giorgio de Chirico
  23. ICO (the video game), but I still need to play it
  24. Spyro The Dragon, and its outstanding soundtrack
  25. The chemistry of philosophized colors
  26. Making lists (like this one)
  27. Self-reference (like above)
  28. My friends’ rapping styles
  29. Bass guitar that has soul
  30. Fretless bass
  31. Writing quickly into a journal
  32. Collections of miscellaneous facts (where I used to share my own with others)
  33. Water
  34. Floating on top of a body of water looking up at the sky even though my bone-dense legs sink
  35. Reuben sandwiches made vegetarian
  36. Sisu
  37. The idea of passing something down for generations and the high quality of that thing to make it happen
  38. Sonnets
  39. Getting letters in the mail
  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. Abstract algebra
  48. Math as a game to play, as a juggling of concepts, not a juggling of numbers
  49. The way my head feels when I’m focused
  50. Peanut butter warmed by the toast it’s on
  51. Ryan Gosling
  52. Emma Goldman
  53. Sharon Van Etten
  54. Courtney Barnett
  55. Boards of Canada
  56. Radiohead
  57. Jazz, especially as covers of songs I like
  58. How birds are a bunch of varied, tiny dinosaurs
  59. Rivers
  60. The Dorian mode in music
  61. The Upper Peninsula of Michigan
  62. The state of Montana
  63. The city of Newport, RI
  64. The city of New Orleans, LA
  65. TLC (the R&B group)
  66. Large bodies of water reflecting the blue sky that’s already set with the sun
  67. Vinyl records, especially ones you can’t find at just any record store and ones I learned about from my mom
  68. Repair
  69. Driving several tanks of gas straight
  70. Scandinavian design
  71. The music to Weekend Edition’s Puzzle Challenge
  72. The reflection of cool, gray light on the dining table
  73. The reflection of cool, gray light on hot, dark coffee
  74. What my parents and grandparents did when they were my age
  75. Spiders
  76. How no one knows what a dollar or other unit of currency really looks like, because their representative notes and coins are only “worth” said unit and not actually that unit
  77. Driving at 45 mph, especially over bridges
  78. Colorful rocks
  79. 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

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