33 Allston, MA
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My self-summary
I think just about any Jonathan Richman song sums it up pretty well.
What I’m doing with my life
I teach writing at Northeastern University. When not doing that I can most likely be found browsing record bins at In Your Ear, buying comics at Comicopia, humiliating myself at open mics, walking around the city, sitting in the dark at the Coolidge or the Brattle or the HFA, or waiting for a train. If I'm not doing any of that, please call my parents because something awful has clearly happened to me. Unless I'm just asleep. In fact, that's probably the case so go ahead and cancel the call to my parents. Phew, solved that one; good job.

I also host a literary culture podcast and write criticism and some fiction. Honestly, the podcast has probably reached a wider audience than the fiction, but it's healthy to have dreams.
I’m really good at
Reading and sleeping; and sleeping after reading in particular. My mixtapes come with fun (not good, but fun) artwork. I can negotiate a kitchen and I follow recipes. Not a great singer or dancer, but I make up for it in taste and enthusiasm. I know all the presidents, in order, so I'd be an asset for your bar trivia team. Also, the Bane voice.

Things I'm terrible at: folding the fitted sheet, communicating with barbers and other people who cut hair, keeping mortifying experiences to myself, getting rid of books/records.
The first things people usually notice about me
Recently several people have told me I have a good laugh, so chances are it's that.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
The most recent records I bought were the Aislers Set reissues, and Isaac Hayes "Live at the Sahara Tahoe". Lists of bands are kind of boring, but I like tend to like indie pop and jazz and a lot of stuff that you probably also like.

Lately I'm listening to a lot of podcasts, too. Mostly comedy stuff, like How Did This Get Made, Comedy Bang Bang, Never Not Funny, etc. In fact, I probably listen to too many comedy podcasts, so if this is also you we can start a support group.

I read fiction, and I especially like comic books. Music criticism is great, too. I have a love/love/irritated by relationship with the 33 1/3 series.

Also, lots of movies. I'm up for most anything happening at the local art and rep theaters, or finding weird stuff on Netflix and YouTube, or your favorite movie.

I'm working on being less of a jerk about people's taste, like at the end of "High Fidelity". I bet we can get along even if you don't like The Byrds or "8 1/2". I just really really hope you don't like awful stuff. Like Sublime. Everyone, stop liking Sublime.
The six things I could never do without
1. Evidently, the books I keep telling myself I won't bring with me the next time I move but which always end up in several boxes, taking up moving van space.
2. The same goes for records.
3. Access to sandwich-making materials
4. Oh, I should mention comic books, specifically
5. And I'm happy whenever a cat is around
6. Fall, which is why I moved to New England in the first place.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
How my students are going to respond to the lesson I've put together; or, trying to put a lesson together in the first place.

Bruce Wayne's love life. More comics should feature Batman trying to juggle romance and crime-fighting. I don't believe Batman is always thinking about crime, unless you consider stealing someone's heart a misdemeanor.

Infinity. I've been watching Cosmos, so most days I spend a lot of time thinking about the cosmic calendar, and the lack of "thereness" in the universe, space-time, a bunch of stuff that I have very little grounding in.

That Scott Walker the terrible governor is ruining the reputation of Scott Walker the fantastic singer/songwriter.
On a typical Friday night I am
Most likely at a bar or a show, or maybe a movie theater, or maybe in bed reading. Or maybe crashing my bike into a tree, something like that. If I've been in the bar long enough, then inevitably there will be some neighborhood track and field, which could also involve crashing into a tree.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
When I was a kid I used to cry whenever I listened to "Starlight Express" so hello, ladies.
You should message me if
- you really honestly like "Crimson & Clover"
- we aren't currently feuding
- you need someone to do a Bane impression for literally any reason
- you want to go see movies and talk about them afterward
- you can teach me about space or atoms, or another language or poetry
- your idea of the best Saturday is laying around listening to records
- double bonus if one of the records you want to listen to is Isaac Hayes's "Hot Buttered Soul"
- you don't mind that I'm afraid of mountains