Let me lead with the fact that I'm a sommelier and intend to eventually become a winemaker. Oh, if only that mattered at all.
I used to get this thing when I read for long periods of time where I felt all floaty and up and down didn't mean anything and my body awareness went way down. Years later I would read that this is apparently a very similar experience to what you get with hardcore meditation. It seems in certain situations of intense concentration the brain will shut down extraneous noise and one of the regions it tends to shut down is that part of proprioception that tells us where our body is. I'm just trying to get that feeling back.
I'm a know-it-all that very much doesn't want to be thought of as a know-it-all. I don't know it all! I just happen to know a lot of book-stuff.
I used to be a huge music snob and saw a lot of shows; now I scarcely listen to music. An amazing song can levitate me but as an art form music has a pretty poor hit-ratio.
What I’m doing with my life
I think many of us want to be able to define ourselves as something beyond what we do for a living. In that case, man, I'm doing a lot! Striving to keep the ideal of the Renaissance man alive. Now in terms of career... I got a Jeopardy! audition coming up?
[UPDATE] Learning winemaking from UC Davis so I got something to spend my money on!
I’m really good at
cocktail parties. I know just enough about everything to make me
Recently I figured out I'm better at freestyle rapping than most
people, I think for the same reason I'm really good at
Wordfeud/Words with Friends.
Also modesty, all this talk of things I'm good at has begun to
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I guess my guilty pleasure is overly sentimental art but maybe I'll
get more specific.
Spanish-writing authors (in translation): Bolano, Borges, Cela,
Cortazar, Lima, Carpentier, Donoso, Parra, Marquez, Llosa, Pessoa
(I know, he's Portuguese) and Lorca.
non-Spanish: Pynchon, McCarthy, Steinbeck, Oliver Sacks, J.M.
Coetzee, Whitman, DFW, Gunter Grass, somehow I've read a bunch of
scholarly history by Simon Schama
mothafuckin' Rothko, Kandinsky, Otto Dix, George Grosz, Joachim
Patinir, Kehinde Wiley
I spend a lot of time thinking about
I theorize. Example: We are at a point in world history where we
can see every stage of development humankind has gone though on its
way to the present. You wanna march long enough you can encounter
tribes that have never met anyone besides their neighbors. Plenty
of agricultural peoples out there. Giant megacity-dwelling people
who can't see a single star in the sky. Two hundred years ago you
couldn't do this. You couldn't get out of your own time period.
Sure you could still hike off into nothing but at that point your
connection to your previously-lived present was severed. There was
no live-blogging from the Amazon rainforest. I really think our
current obsession with meta- is a result of this awareness we have
been given. I think one of the best things I've ever said is that
with our non-vintage vintage and our hipstamatic cameras we're
living with a nostalgia for the present. And this ongoing
perspective on our own ages foibles and prejudices allows us to
comment on culture even as we create it. And it's a perspective
that will not last. Within the last decade for the first time in
our history a majority of the world's population began living in
cities. Our historically tiered existence cannot continue if this
trend continues. We may just sink back beneath the surface of
historic awareness if we lose this ability to travel outside of our
time frame. And I don't mean to dominate any discussion on this but
if you want a conversational opening with me just ask what I think
this means for utopianism.
Stuff like that.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I once flew somewhere to meet an OKCupid personage. I was catfished
and they never showed up/responded over the course of what was a
not entirely pleasant weekend.
You should message me if
Frankly I can't come up with a reason why you SHOULDN'T message me.
Seems like a win-win situation to me.