For those who have quite sensibly never bothered to read my user info page, my 'interests' include such things as torture, war, and murder, and she gleaned that I might be some kind of closeted sicko or serial-murder fetishist. Well, allow me to clarify, person I barely know:
First, I am sort of interested in torture, war and murder, since I am fascinated with the antisocial manifestations of the social animal that is man. However, lest you worry, let me point out that my 'interests' list was in fact meant to be a joke.
Allow me to explain: I don't really like writing up my 'interests' (about which see below). But since there's a spot for it on the LJ user info page, I decided to toss in a few legitimate interests of mine (baseball, comics, postmodernism, literature) and then list a whole group of horrible things and then an incongruously innocent thing. So I typed in something along the lines of "horror, death, torture, murder, chaos, war, and kittens". Meant, you see, as a gag. But, unbeknownst to me at the time, LJ alphebetizes your interests list, thus spoiling the build-up of the gag and making it appear as if I am a psychopath instead of a garden-variety sociopath.
As to why I don't like listing my interests, the reason is that, with a few long-term exceptions (such as those mentioned above), they are extremely frangible. My interests have ranged all over the map the last 30 years, and what I'm into today, I may not be into tomorrow. However, to further ease your mind, here are a number of things I am interested in this week. If, after reading this, you still think I am slightly insane, well, get in fucking line, is all I can say.
LEONARD'S 'INTERESTS' THIS WEEK
Underground hip-hop; shotguns; English cuisine; competitive skateboarding; Scandinavian black metal; Paul de Man; pacifism; Arabic calligraphy; Martha Graham; the Legion of Superheroes; sans-serif fonts; horticulture; post-war German literature; "The Getaway" for PlayStation 2; early Christian theology; game theory; Marvel comics of the late 1960s; old-time radio; bourbon; and movies about organized crime.