I'm 31 now. When I was 12 I thought I wouldn't live to see 16; when
I was 16 I was certain 20 would be the end of it all; then at 20 I
thought surely 25 was just a pipe dream; now I am 31 and life seems
as though it will never end.
I spent my formative years going between El Salvador, Los Angeles
and Sacramento. I told my parents I would never go back to El
Salvador when I turned 18. Here I am at 30, and I have yet to go
back since I turned 18. I was born in Los Angeles, and spent time
living in various parts: Inglewood, Crenshaw, Van Nuys, Reseda. I
moved to Sacramento when I was 13 after my father had already moved
here. I was living with my mom and it was great. I was a terror at
school, and one day a teacher called to complain about me while my
dad was visiting us in Los Angeles. The teacher had called while I
went to take a shower. When I got out of the shower my parents made
me pack my things and move.
I don't know how to swim. I can't see out of my right eye. My
senior quote from high school was: "Trying is the first step
towards failure", it's a Simpsons quote. I have been in two comas.
I didn't know how to speak English until the 2nd grade. I don't
know how to cook at all. I hate drinking water.
What I’m doing with my life
I recently finished graduate school and successfully received my
Master's in literature. I'm currently working as an editor for a
publishing house and working on projects on the side.
I’m really good at
Making fun of people.
The first things people usually notice about me
Nothing. People look right past me. Also, I wear all black.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Knut Hamsun's Mysteries, Growth of The Soil, Hunger; August
Strindberg's Getting Married and Inferno; Louis Ferdinand Celine's
Journey to the End of the Night; Harmony Korine's Crack-up at the
Race Riots; Cervantes' Don Quixote; James Thurber's My Life and
Hard Times; Flannery O' Connor's The Violent Bear it Away; Jerzy
Kosinski's Steps...many more, actually.
I also read a lot of psychoanalytic theory: Lacan, Zizek, Freud and
Gender and race theory as well: Butler, Spivak, Bhabha,
Somewhere in there is Derrida.
Movies: A Woman Under The Influence, Killing of a Chinese Bookie,
Strozek, Gummo, Breaking the Waves, Dogville, Dogtooth, Dumb and
Dumber, The Jerk, American Movie, Paris is Burning, Crumb...
Shows: Peep Show, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Simpsons, I
Music: Leonard Cohen, rap, metal, soul, pop...really, most
Food: Burritos, Sandwiches, Pizza. I don't really care. I like most
foods, but I don't really like anything of the Chinese takeout
variety, but even then I'm pretty open.
The six things I could never do without
There are an infinite number of things I could do without, but only
one I can honestly say I would perish without, and it's not food
because if I could I would just never eat since it wastes time, and
it's not air or water because those are givens anyway, but what I
love most, that I would go to great lengths to maintain in my life
is: The Internet. I have yet to come across those five other
things, and I'm really glad I havent.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
What I can make fun of and how.
On a typical Friday night I am
Probably reading, or writing, or working on some project.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I've written and published two books of poetry, flash fiction and short stories.
I wrote a song that a semi-popular and very good band has covered. And recently this same band has released a single using another one of my songs as the template, I was mentioned in Rolling Stone. Feather in my cap, I suppose.
I lost my virginity at 13.
You should message me if
If you want. I don't care. (But secretly I do). But please do, if you're funny. Humor is the most important thing to me in the opposite sex, or in anyone and anything. If this question is about physical traits, then please be kind enough to message me if you have a big butt. But most importantly, if you're funny, and very socially conscious (no homophobes, sexists, racists...you know, I shouldn't have to say this).