1. What sorts of topics could I read up on that would allow me to converse more easily with and endear myself to a group of vaguely-nerdy guys in their early and mid twenties?
All I have on the list now is comics. (edit: I'm already somewhat knowledgeable about Star Wars trivia.)
2. What is the most interesting article you've found recently?
Neocons on a Cruise: What Conservatives Say When They Think We're Not Listening
3. What's your favorite nonfiction book?
I really like Acid Dreams by Martin Lee, and I also really love the book On Being Authentic by Charles Guignon, but mostly because I just finished reading it.
4. What is the last new word you learned? (also, if you provide a definition, that would be awesome.)
Ignostic: one who expresses ignorance of any knowledge of a god or gods due to finding theism incoherent.