HadrianVII
34 Santiago, Chile
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My self-summary
"In mind he was tired, worn out, by years of hope deferred, of loneliness, of unrewarded toil. In body he was almost prostrate by the pain of an arm on the tenth day of vaccination. Bodily pain stung him like a personal affront. 'Some one will have to be made miserable for this,' he once said during the throes of a toothache. He was no stranger to mental fatigue: but when to that was added corporeal anguish, he came near collapse. His capacity for work was constricted: the mere sight of his writing materials filled him with disgust. But, because he had a horror of being discovered in a state of inaction, after breakfast he sat down as usual and tried to write."

–Baron Corvo, "Hadrian the Seventh"
What I’m doing with my life
Living it.
I’m really good at
Ripping it up and starting again.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books:
Nancy Mitford, The Pursuit of Love
James Joyce, Ulysses
Sadegh Hedayat, The Blind Owl
Arthur Schopenhauer, The World as Will and Representation
Halldór Laxness, Independent People
Walt Whitman, Calamus
Iris Murdoch, The Bell
Baron Corvo, Hadrian the Seventh
Jorge Luis Borges, Ficciones
Simone Weil, Gravity and Grace
Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day
Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy
Arthur Rimbaud, Illuminations

Some of my musical obsessions are the band Felt, the song "Polaroïd/Roman/Photo," and the opera Tristan und Isolde.
The six things I could never do without
up quarks
down quarks
strange quarks
charm quarks
bottom quarks
top quarks
I spend a lot of time thinking about
"One need only shut oneself in a closet and begin to think of the fact of one’s being there, of one’s queer bodily shape in the darkness (a thing to make children scream at, as Stevenson says), of one’s fantastic character and all, to have the wonder steal over the detail as much as over the general fact of being, and to see that it is only familiarity that blunts it." [William James]
On a typical Friday night I am
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
My proudest accomplishment in life was finishing one of those tricky British crosswords in the FT. "Extremely clever single old woman" = CRONE.
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