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What I’m doing with my life
Apparently, starting this profile.
I’m really good at
Reading, kissing, constructing blanket forts, making curry and pico de gallo (not usually at the same time), knowing the words to songs (unfortunately this includes songs I really despise), drinking whiskey, seeing the best in most people and situations... I can also make a pretty spot on pig noise. Yes, I am sort of proud of this useless talent. And I have excellent penmanship. Like, truly stellar.
The first things people usually notice about me
Eyes. A very cliche response, but when they are as big as mine are, you hear about them a lot. I'll work on coming up with something more clever.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Fitzgerald, Rumi, Dostoevsky, Whitman, Anais Nin, Jonathan Safran Foer, Diane DiPrima, Poe, Bradbury, Bell Hooks, Oscar Wilde, Bukowski, Orwell, Nicole Krauss, Vonnegut, Murakami, T.S. Eliot, Kundera, Eugenides, Audre Lorde, Steinbeck, Dave Eggers, Inga Muscio, John Irving, Hemingway, Erin Morgenstern, H.P. Lovecraft, Neil Gaiman, Camus, Margaret Atwood, Pablo Neruda, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Mark Z. Danielewski, Borges, Carl Sagan, Richard Dawkins, Michelle Tea, Hesse, Paulo Coelho, David Foster Wallace, Lawrence Ferlenghetti, Flannery O'Connor, Miranda July, Mark Twain, Richard Siken...
Graphic novels: Anything in the Bat family - Batman, Robin, Nightwing, etc. Watchmen, Identity Crisis, Fables, Saga. Might be getting into some Captain America stuff lately, on accident...


Movies: Jeux L'enfants, Inception, most Batman related things, Do Comeco Ao Fim, Inglorious Basterds, Take Shelter, Lawless, Serenity, Brick, LOTR, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, Girl on the Bridge, Amelie, Cool Hand Luke, Breakfast At Tiffany's, The Science of Sleep, Dead Poet's Society, Annie Hall, Wristcutters, Goon, Griff the Invisible, The Battered Bastards of Baseball... All things Star Trek. Documentaries. Old silent films with Charlie Chaplin, Louise Brooks, Buster Keaton, Greta Garbo, etc.

Music: Tom Waits, Blonde Redhead, Refused, Drive Like Jehu, Lucero, Lightbearer, Billie Holiday, Murder City Devils, Frank Ocean, Bon Iver, Frank Sinatra, Woody Guthrie, Dead Man's Bones, The National, Godspeed, St. Vincent, Graveyard, Gaslight Anthem, Jeremy Enigk, Lykke Li, Fanfare Ciocarlia, The Knife, The Tallest Man On Earth, Miles Davis, Queen, Red Fang, Yann Tiersen, Gaslight Anthem, A Hawk and a Hacksaw, Beirut, Hans Zimmer, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Patti Smith, James Blake, Shovels and Rope, Drake, The Cure, The Black Heart Procession, Fugazi, Edith Piaf, Cat Power, Clara Rockmore, Rocket From the Crypt, Ella Fitzgerald, Hozier...

Food: Indian, Thai, sushi, Vietnamese, southern food... Sandwiches! (Who doesn't like an awesome sandwich??) Avocados, artichokes, asparagus... I guess vegetables that start with the letter 'A'? Pumpkin anything.

Edit: I just looked it up, and apparently botanically the avocado is classified as a large berry. Please do forgive the misinformation above.

Beer. Wine: red, Whiskey: neat, Coffee: black (or Vivace lattes in Seattle, because that foam is made from pure magic, I swear it is).

Where do podcasts go in this place? Radiolab, the Ricky Gervais Show, This American Life, Karl Pilkington Podcast, The Moth, Serial, The Steve Dangle Podcast...

So that people will stop asking, yes, I do like some tv. Star Trek (TOS and TNG), Misfits, Freaks and Geeks, Cosmos, Twin Peaks, Firefly, Adventure Time, Parks and Rec., Arrested Development, In the Flesh, Bored to Death, X-Files, Brooklyn Nine-Nine... HBO's Road to the Winter Classic series. Hockey games.
The six things I could never do without
Smell - Campfires, sawdust, books (the 1965 copy of A Moveable Feast is my favorite smelling book that I own), fresh rosemary and lavender, coffee. Petrichor. My mom's perfume.

Touch - Kisses, sex, the obvious. Clean sheets/bare legs combo. Getting my hands dirty... paint, pumpkin guts, motor oil, mud...

Sound - Train horns, tent zippers, real belly laughs, white noise to sleep at night, thunderstorms. Music, obviously. Sing-a-longs with friends.

Sight - I think sometimes I make too much eye contact with strangers around me and it makes them uncomfortable. The art of Egon Schiele, Dustin Nguyen, Duane Michals, Gustav Klimt, Danny Lyon, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Edward Gorey, Jacques Henri Lartigue, Max Ernst... I'm suddenly a little disappointed with myself that there are no women on this list. It is by no means comprehensive, but I am tired now and just want to be done with this.

Taste - Coffee, fresh nectarines from the fruit stand. Salt... skin, tears, the ocean. Tequila with oranges and cinnamon. I've developed a real thing for kale and brussels sprouts lately. Dark chocolate with sea salt. Habaneros and wasabi, I like things that burn.

Ummmm... I really want a dog to wrestle and cuddle with, maybe that for number six. Or a body of water to spend time in/on. Forts, maps, road trips, mason jars full of whiskey, dusty cowboy boots, red lipstick, handwritten letters, the moon, my record player, my typewriters, a porch and a cold beer in summertime, wool socks and giant quilts when it's cold, swing sets, ellipses...

Thinking about changing this to "Hendrick’s gin; tonic; lime; ice cubes; a tumbler; my typewriter." Just because that McSweeney's thing on Raymond Carver starting an okcupid profile was pretty great. Message me if you know about that.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
The Voyager space probe Golden Records.
How much I really need to get some kind of book published someday.
Double entendres.
Pheromones and the science behind attraction and love.
Why it is that I am still incapable of whistling.
Gender identities, race, privilege, intersectional feminism, sexual politics, patriarchy, anthropology, neuroscience, travel, permaculture, intentional communities, the ocean, the forest, what book to read next, what record to buy next, what recipe to try next, what place to go camping next, pathology, epidemiology, cats.... pretty much just the normal stuff people think about.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I really just want Morgan Freeman to read me bedtime stories.

I have fairly irrational fears of blowing up balloons, popping champagne corks, and dark bathrooms.