Chuck Klosterman meditates on the real meaning behind the question: what kind of music do you like?

“When someone asks me what kind of music I like, he is (usually) attempting to use this information to deduce things about my personality; this is (usually) the same reason we casually ask people about what TV shows they watch or which NBA franchises they support or what political movements they align with.”

Me, On Shuffle

I spend a lot of my life attempting to avoid situations where people make small talk. As a rule, I generally don’t enjoy conversing with anyone I haven’t already spoken with on at least 120 previous occasions, which makes acquiring new friends difficult.