Tuesday, September 21, 2010

What do you not like?

Based on your general tastes and interests, there’s probably some things you’re “supposed” to like. Things your friends with similar tastes like.  Things Amazon or Netflix thinks you would like. Things you expected to like before you tried them.

But you don’t like them.  Maybe you wonder if it’s just you, if you’re missing something everyone else gets.

Here’s a few of mine:

  • David Sedaris.  Despite all the acclaim, the least-funny part of This American Life. We get it.  You weren’t like the other kids.  But neither was Shalom Auslander, and his stuff is funny.
  • Blade Runner.  I saw it recently for the first time.  The pacing was slow (and I loved 2001: A Space Odyssey and Moon), the story didn’t particularly interest me, and the cinematography didn’t capture my attention—at least not in a good way.  I did wonder why I bothered seeing it on Blu-ray.
  • Foie gras and caviar.  You can feed me a 12-course tasting menu, and these courses will impress me the least.  They describe foie gras as being “as rich as butter.”  Guess what… I don’t sit down and eat a hunk of butter, and the liver-nature of it doesn’t help.  The Salty Fishy Spheres don’t do it for me, either.  I’ll trade the foie and caviar for a double portion of the Sauternes and Champagne that accompany them.

What do you not like?


  1. Caviar is too much work for too little reward. My last girlfriend's parents used to put out caviar for dinner parties. When you have to use special spoons and follow that much procedure for a tiny bit of expensive food, it's not worth it. Can't we just have nachos instead?

  2. Cilantro! I love all kinds of Mexican food and I just don't get why it has to have that vile spice in it.


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