I am one of those people who tends to develop mini-obsessions. For a few weeks or months, I’ll order the same type of thing in every restaurant I go to; listen to the same song or songs over and over; read the same genre/style of books. Anybody else do that? Maybe not. But whatever — I’m now going to subject you to my list of current obsessions. Feel free to share your own, make fun of mine, etc.
In no particular order — my list:
1. “No Cars Go” by the Arcade Fire (Neon Bible).
2. Fried fish. Especially fish tacos and fish and chips. I know it’s a chain, but one of the things I miss here in Minnesota is Rubio’s. But I have some leads on some places in the Twin Cities that serve fish tacos, but meanwhile, it’s all about the deep fried walleye.
3. 30 Rock. NBC. Yeah, I still love The Office. But there’s something about the way 30 Rock is written, acted and film that totally works for me. The humor combines dry and goofy in a way that is just plain hilarious — and relies more upon the delivery (Alec Baldwin excels here) than other sitcoms, I think.
4. “IOU” by Metric (Old World Underground, Where Are You Now?).
5. Narrative theory and point of view.
6. Tree imagery in literature, including scripture.
7. Best dress shirt for under $25 (sale price counts). So far, I’m digging Stafford Executive (on sale), but Geoffrey Beene has been good to me in the past (find a GB outlet store or buy on super sale at a department store).
8. Cherry-flavored sodas. A bit of raspberry is fine too. Dr. Pepper and Thomas Kemper Black Cherry seem to be the clear winners so far. But there’s a lot out there that I have yet to try.
9. The color periwinkle. More in Web design than anything else — not a color that I would really wear. Maybe in a tie. But it’s a color that looks good on a screen, I think, so I like to find sites that use it.
10. Medieval cookery. Not something that I’m interested in trying, really. But the basic philosophies and technologies of Medieval cookery are fascinating to read about.
11. Related to the cookery thing — I’ve been obsessing lately about all the Beef Wellingtons that get wasted on Hell’s Kitchen (Fox). I’ve never actually eaten Beef Wellington. But I am quite fond of beef, and pastry, and pastries filled with meat. It’s criminal how many Beef Wellingtons have been sacrificed in the name of entertainment.
12. Still on the food kick — the perfect things to mix in to ice cream (speaking of which — this obsession goes back several years, but malt. Malt and dairy mixed in some form or another). For example, peanut butter pretzels = excellent; peanut butter cups = annoying. Marshmallow cream = excellent; marshmallows = annoying. Texture is a big factor, of course. Mouth feel and all that. So is intensity of flavor. I’m beginning to like small crunchy bits in ice cream although I’ve yet to find the perfect manifestation of that.
13. The perfect wallet (yes, I’m so pathetically wannabe hipster that I’m considering a Jimi).
14. Urban fantasy. Neverwhere by Neal Gaiman. China MiÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â©ville’s work. I read all that awhile ago, but I’m just now finding myself actually interested in the genre as a genre.