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. Ducks
  2. Shadow of the Colossus
  3. Limbo (the video game)
  4. Denmark
  5. Robots
  6. “Groaner” jokes
  7. Some puns, well timed
  8. Situational humor
  9. Craig Thompson’s books
  10. Douglas Hofstadter’s books
  11. The book If You Want to Write
  12. The feel of turning the page of an interesting book
  13. Kristin Hersh and her bands
  14. Fiona Apple
  15. “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
  16. Giraffes
  17. Keyboards in R&B songs
  18. Rhodes piano
  19. 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)
  20. Walking until my hips hurt and my feet blister
  21. Running until I can’t, sometimes accidentally a half marathon, sometimes purposefully a marathon
  22. Someday sending lots of postcards to family and friends from the places I go
  23. Russian as a language and as a dressing
  24. Haiku
  25. The Nostalgia of the Infinite, a painting by Giorgio de Chirico
  26. ICO (the video game), but I still need to play it
  27. Spyro The Dragon, and its outstanding soundtrack
  28. The chemistry of philosophized colors
  29. Making lists (like this one)
  30. Self-reference (like above)
  31. Coming up with band names
  32. My friends’ rapping styles
  33. Bass guitar that has soul
  34. Fretless bass
  35. Writing quickly into a journal
  36. Collections of miscellaneous facts (where I used to share my own with others)
  37. Water
  38. Floating on top of a body of water looking up at the sky even though my bone-dense legs sink
  39. Reuben sandwiches made vegetarian
  40. Sisu
  41. The idea of passing something down for generations and the high quality of that thing to make it happen
  42. Sonnets
  43. Getting letters in the mail
  44. Receiving a handmade card
  45. Overcast skies at temperate temperatures, also called cool, gray days
  46. The speed of clouds
  47. Noticing the leaves softly rustle in trees
  48. Sunlight shining through and around said leaves
  49. Calamitous seascapes
  50. Abstract algebra
  51. Math as a game to play, as a juggling of concepts, not a juggling of numbers
  52. The way my head feels when I’m focused
  53. Peanut butter warmed by the toast it’s on
  54. Ryan Gosling
  55. Emma Goldman
  56. Sleater-Kinney
  57. Tacocat
  58. Sharon Van Etten
  59. Courtney Barnett
  60. Boards of Canada
  61. Jazz, especially as covers of songs I like
  62. How birds are a bunch of varied, tiny dinosaurs
  63. Rivers
  64. The Dorian mode in music
  65. The Upper Peninsula of Michigan
  66. The state of Montana
  67. The city of Newport, RI
  68. The city of New Orleans, LA
  69. TLC (the R&B group)
  70. Large bodies of water reflecting the blue sky that’s already set with the sun
  71. Vinyl records, especially ones you can’t find at just any record store and ones I learned about from my mom
  72. Repair
  73. Driving several tanks of gas straight
  74. Scandinavian design
  75. The music to Weekend Edition’s Puzzle Challenge
  76. The reflection of cool, gray light on the dining table
  77. The reflection of cool, gray light on hot, dark coffee
  78. What my parents and grandparents did when they were my age
  79. Spiders
  80. 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
  81. Driving at 45 mph, especially over bridges
  82. Colorful rocks
  83. 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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