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. Robots
  3. Donuts
  4. The book If You Want to Write
  5. Emma Goldman
  6. Voltairine de Cleyre
  7. Kristin Hersh and her bands
  8. Fiona Apple
  9. Sharon Van Etten
  10. Courtney Barnett
  11. Boards of Canada
  12. Radiohead
  13. J Dilla
  14. “Just the Way You Are” by Billy Joel, and an old keyboard that played this song in every one of its digital instruments
  15. Keyboards in R&B songs
  16. Rhodes piano
  17. Vinyl records, especially ones you can’t find at just any record store and ones I learned about from my mom
  18. The Dorian mode in music
  19. 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
  20. Fretless bass (consider the Labyrinth soundtrack)
  21. 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)
  22. Giraffes
  23. Walking until my hips hurt and my feet blister
  24. Running until I can’t, sometimes accidentally a half marathon, sometimes purposefully a marathon
  25. Haiku
  26. The Nostalgia of the Infinite, a painting by Giorgio de Chirico
  27. ICO (the video game), but I still need to play it
  28. Shadow of the Colossus
  29. Spyro The Dragon, and its outstanding soundtrack
  30. The chemistry of philosophized colors
  31. Making lists (like this one)
  32. Self-reference (like above)
  33. Writing quickly into a journal
  34. Water
  35. Floating on top of a body of water looking up at the sky even though my bone-dense legs sink
  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. Receiving a handmade card
  40. Pokémon
  41. Overcast skies at temperate temperatures, also called cool, gray days
  42. The speed of clouds
  43. Noticing the leaves softly rustle in trees
  44. Sunlight shining through and around said leaves
  45. Calamitous seascapes
  46. Math as a game to play, as a juggling of concepts, not a juggling of numbers
  47. Peanut butter warmed by the toast it’s on
  48. Jazz, especially as covers of songs I like
  49. How birds are a bunch of varied, tiny dinosaurs
  50. Rivers
  51. The city of Newport, RI
  52. Large bodies of water reflecting the blue sky that’s already set with the sun
  53. Repair
  54. Sorting
  55. Driving several tanks of gas straight
  56. The reflection of cool, gray light on the dining table
  57. The reflection of cool, gray light on hot, dark coffee
  58. Sipping on the same cup of coffee all day
  59. Spiders
  60. Driving at 45 mph, especially over bridges

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