Movies like Mikey and Nicky, the Evil Dead trilogy, Blue Velvet, Trust, Henry Fool, Surviving Desire, Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors, Killing of a Chinese Bookie, Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead, Le cercle rouge, Night of the Hunter, Touch of Evil, Citizen Kane, Clerks and Lone Star. TV shows like Homicide: Life on the Street and Star Trek: the Next Generation. Food like o-den, penne arrabiata, khoresht bamieh and the diavola pizza at Lorelei. Books like... you get the idea.
Elliott Smith, Elvis Presley, Pavement, Prince, Big Star, Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Palace Brothers, the Shangri-Las, Cyndi Lauper, Red House Painters, Bob Dylan, Dean Martin, Dirty Projectors, Nina Nastasia, Jason Lytle, Neil Young, Sebadoh, Willie Nelson, Cocteau Twins, Chuck Berry, Quasi, Little Anthony and the Imperials, the Replacements, blah.