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. The book If You Want to Write
  6. Emma Goldman
  7. Kristin Hersh and her bands
  8. Fiona Apple
  9. Sharon Van Etten
  10. Courtney Barnett
  11. Boards of Canada
  12. Radiohead
  13. “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
  14. Keyboards in R&B songs
  15. Rhodes piano
  16. Vinyl records, especially ones you can’t find at just any record store and ones I learned about from my mom
  17. The Dorian mode in music
  18. 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
  19. Fretless bass (consider the Labyrinth soundtrack)
  20. 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)
  21. Giraffes
  22. Walking until my hips hurt and my feet blister
  23. Running until I can’t, sometimes accidentally a half marathon, sometimes purposefully a marathon
  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. Shadow of the Colossus
  28. Spyro The Dragon, and its outstanding soundtrack
  29. The chemistry of philosophized colors
  30. Making lists (like this one)
  31. Self-reference (like above)
  32. Writing quickly into a journal
  33. Water
  34. Floating on top of a body of water looking up at the sky even though my bone-dense legs sink
  35. Sisu
  36. The idea of passing something down for generations and the high quality of that thing to make it happen
  37. Sonnets
  38. Receiving a handmade card
  39. Pokémon
  40. Overcast skies at temperate temperatures, also called cool, gray days
  41. The speed of clouds
  42. Noticing the leaves softly rustle in trees
  43. Sunlight shining through and around said leaves
  44. Calamitous seascapes
  45. Math as a game to play, as a juggling of concepts, not a juggling of numbers
  46. The way my head feels when I’m focused
  47. Peanut butter warmed by the toast it’s on
  48. Ryan Gosling
  49. Jazz, especially as covers of songs I like
  50. How birds are a bunch of varied, tiny dinosaurs
  51. Rivers
  52. The city of Newport, RI
  53. Large bodies of water reflecting the blue sky that’s already set with the sun
  54. Repair
  55. Sorting
  56. Driving several tanks of gas straight
  57. The reflection of cool, gray light on the dining table
  58. The reflection of cool, gray light on hot, dark coffee
  59. What my parents and grandparents did when they were my age
  60. Spiders
  61. Driving at 45 mph, especially over bridges

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