I need a ghost writer for this...
What I’m doing with my life
I've been trying to figure that out since I was able to think - but haven't we all? I'll figure it out some day.
In the meantime, I mostly write. Sometimes, it's dull (proposals & reports). Sometimes it's interesting (blogging). But sometimes, it can be an adventure (novel & stories). And sometimes it's even musical...
I’m really good at
Finding distractions (though I’m getting better at using them wisely)
Playing Psycho Killer on the ukulele.
I’ve been told I give good hugs.
I’m brilliant at picking out a misplaced apostrophe...
The first things people usually notice about me
is for them to say and you to notice. I’ve never asked.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
BOOKS: I've a bad habit of buying far more books than I can read. I've been reading Irish writing a lot lately. Seems like a bit of a golden age for Irish writers. Recently read Donal Ryan's "The Spinning Heart" & Kevin Barry's "City of Bohane". Sara Baume's "Spill, Simmer, Falter, Wither" is the most beautiful thing I've read in a long time (despite the silly title). Also love John Steinbeck and Albert Camus and Richard Brautigan. Non-fiction, I like journalism and good travel writing like Laurie Lee & Patrick Leigh Fermor.
MOVIES: Everyone love the Coens & the Andersons, so that won't tell you much. I thought Birdman & Boyhood were both incredible even though they couldn't be more different. A Korean film called Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring recently floored me - & I've just noticed it's kinda got the same title as the Sara Baume book. Oh, and Jaws is about as perfect a film as has ever been made.
SHOWS: I don’t watch much TV, but I got sucked into Mad Men, The Killing, The Wire, Arrested Development & Fargo. Northern Exposure is still my favourite, though. And I never get sick of QI.
MUSIC should have heart & soul. And blood, sweat & tears. And if there’s any room left, a little bit of brains. I like acoustic stuff like Joe Pug, Townes van Zandt, Gillian Welch, Bonnie Prince Billy & folky Bruce. Don’t listen to as much rock as I used to, though I'll never say no to Pearl Jam, Pixies, Sleater-Kinney, X, Ramones or Tom Waits (whatever box you want to try and put him in). I need mellow music without words when I'm writing or reading.
FOOD: I’m veggie, but other than a serious aversion to mushrooms, I’m not picky. Like Indian, Italian, Mexican. I make great chilli, do a fine goat’s cheese salad and I'm a little too fond of sweet potato.
The six things I could never do without
I’ve gotten quite good at learning to live with little. So long as I have my guitar, my pen and notebook, health, love and affection, and easy access to some nature, then I’m good.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Whatever comes to mind. What I’ve done or what to do next. Ethics, aesthetics and how to live well. State of the world, my place in it & what to have for dinner. Stuff that matters and stuff that doesn't.
On a typical Friday night I am
open to suggestion. Pub, gig, movie, quiet night in? Depends on
what's on, who's around, how I feel, what the weather's doing. So,
nothing particularly typical.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
wouldn't be private if I admitted it here.
You should message me if
you're an easygoing type who thinks we'd get along