BemshaSwing
28 Brooklyn, NY
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My self-summary
I have an almost debilitating interest in everything. Try me. I will be intrigued.

I know: so earnest. But I see cynicism as a location for struggle not self-identification.
What I’m doing with my life
I call NYC home but am often on the road or in the air.

Most recently, I made a long due return to the arts as the right hand to a prominent painter.

Previously, hard-knuckled domestic political operating.

Before that: working abroad getting micro finance operations off the ground in far-flung places.*

*This is not an uncomplicated line item. You want to get into a critical discussion on the aid-industry as it bisects good intentions and neo-colonialism? Welcome.
I’m really good at
Running impulses to ground. Being intensely interested. Flourish. Careening towards (invited) disaster.
The first things people usually notice about me
The long shadow (literally, not proverbially).
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I read, watch, and listen, widely and often.

If you go home with someone and they don't have books, don't sleep with them. Seriously: don't."

Yes...your Kindle counts.

That's John Waters speaking, though my choice in movies isn't always so half-cracked.

No to favorites. Not trying to be too serious with it BUT it's just that I'm trying to cast an ever-wider net. The flipside is that the tape's finite.

OK, I'm half-serious. I'd just rather list currents:

You're Dead!
The Half Has Never Been Told (Edward Baptist)
Mr. Loverman (Bernadine Everisto)
"Gypsy"
Whiplash
My Vinyl Weighs a Ton
Something in the Air
Sex at Dawn by Cacilda Jethá and Christopher Ryan
Ta-Nehisi Coates

So who knows? I am a cultural omnivore. I wish there were a better phrase, one that doesn't imply the violent consumption of culture. But, eh, you feel me?
The six things I could never do without
dunno - would like to try to find out
I spend a lot of time thinking about
poetry vs. potatoes.

We've been cave painting for 30,000 years and farming for 10,000. That has to mean something, right?
On a typical Friday night I am
Not highbrow, not lowbrow: unibrow. Down for it all.
You should message me if
Please excuse this interruption to our regularly scheduled programming:

If you have pictures of yourself sporting (ironically or otherwise) "indian warpaint", co-opted Native American apparel, (fucking) BLACKFACE, or any other joke that functions in the service of perpetuating any/all of a litany of racist, sexist, ableist, homophobic, classist, etc. biases or agendas...

Then, I say respectfully: please move along.

Actually, scratch that. I'm willing to engage you on any of the above. But it won't be pretty. I don't need to lighten up. You need to be less of an asshole.
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