I'm . . . whoa. Lotta pressure here. Okay, here goes: I'm a word nerd, aspiring poet, a fan of live local music, a drinker of tea and beer, a drifter between scenes, an aspiring farmer/professor, an accomplished dog-walker . . . And now for some adjectives: sincere, sometimes funny, feminist, anti-racist, polyamorous, radical in politics, traditional in literary theory, downright Biblical in facial hair.
What I’m doing with my life
It astonishes me to say that I'm now working on a SECOND useless master's (the first was in creative writing, this one's in religious studies with a focus on literature). Grad school's like a black hole for me and my peers. I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by grad school: starving, hysterical, post-structuralist . . . The rest were destroyed by irony.
Also: Writing about things I care about, but not often enough. Biking a lot. Getting better at identifying wild edible plants, baking, sewing, home-brewing, etc. Learning I enjoy things like bodysurfing and rock-climbing.
I’m really good at
Putting words together. Putting beer away. Beating kindergarteners at chess (first graders are more of a challenge). Drawing mythical creatures for kids (I'm especially proud of a dragon made of bones one 5-year-old commissioned from me). Remembering the words to poems. Misremembering the words to songs. Dumpster-diving. Making tea, tortilla de patatas, an awesome pumpkin mussel soup, and mistakes.
The first things people usually notice about me
My beard; and my laugh when I'm really amused (someone said it
sounded like a seal being machine-gunned).
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
My lists were way too long so I'm just putting a couple of the most important things to me. You know, I watch TV and eat food, like many humans.
Some especially funny books: Don Quixote, The Master and Margarita, Lucky Jim, Winnie-the-Pooh, The Earl of Louisiana, Dead Souls, The Telephone Booth Indian, The Possessed (by Elif Batuman, not Dostoyevsky; I can't imagine his is very funny), The Towers of Trebizond, A Walk in the Woods, Barchester Towers, The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Nicholas Nickleby, Flaubert's Parrot.
Poets: Walt Whitman, Elizabeth Bishop, Philip Larkin, James Wright, David Ferry, Michael Hofmann, John Donne, Rumi, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Robert Frost, Robert Lax, ee cummings, Sappho, Bob Hicok, Claudia Rankine, Patricia Lockwood, Karen Solie, Basho, Sylvia Plath.
The six things I could never do without
Tea, my bike, spicy food, green things around me, a light to read
by, live music.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
The future and how to get there. Sometimes I think about planning,
saving, education and hard work, but more and more I think: time
On a typical Friday night I am
Out at a show or poetry reading or else drinking at home with friends, maybe?
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I'm in two long-term, committed, but somewhat open relationships. Of course, it's not so impressive admitting that under a false name on a dating website. How's this: I think Jimmy Buffett wrote some good songs.
You should message me if
I'm really only available for new friends and one- or two-night-stands at this point.
If you think we'd have things to talk about, you have interesting books listed, you want someone to show you around town, or you want to refurbish my autoharp and teach me how to play it. (Yes, I'm asking someone to teach me to play the simplest instrument this side of the kazoo.)