Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
I went into the little flea market hoping to find a small
candelabra, or a wool tie from the 1960s. Maybe a cigarette case.
Instead, what I walked out with was a huge book: seventeen hundred
pages bound in canvas the dull carmine of dried blood. "The
American Illustrated Medical Dictionary, 21st Edition". 1948.
Why the hell did I buy that?
That was eight or nine years ago, and I still have the book. It's
sitting on a shelf between "Writing With A Purpose", 1957, and "A
Textbook of Entomology", 1956. Those things I have, but after all
this time I still don't own a candelabra.
The same way I collect old books I don't need, I collect hobbies.
Collage, knitting, woodworking, calligraphy, colorful cube-shaped
puzzles, the list goes on and on. I learn as much as possible about
something, do it obsessively, and end up putting it on a shelf when
something else exciting comes along. There's ALWAYS something
What I’m doing with my life
Don’t overthink this one; tell us what you’re doing day-to-day.
Right now I have a very comfortable desk job. I control the
thermostat in my own office, which for me was more exciting than
the promotion. My own thermostat!
When I'm away from my office and thermostat, I spend a lot of time
with my friends, who are hilarious and brilliant. I'm not sure if
I've rubbed off on them, or vice versa.
I travel whenever possible, although usually that just means a
weekend trip to whatever city is within driving distance. Memphis
or St. Louis, usually. It's been seven years since I last left the
country, and three since I was last in NYC. That's far too long;
I'm feeling antsy.
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
I'm really good at changing the subject. Did you ever go to summer
camp as a kid?
The first things people usually notice about me
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The first thing people usually notice about me is the loud click of
my shoes on tile or asphalt. Or maybe it's my curly hair or a
colorful tie or interesting earring. I'm not sure.
What I do know is that it's never very long until they start asking
me how to spell things.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
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Favorite books: I read a lot--I mean a LOT--which means this should
be a hard question for me to answer. It's not, though; I can tell
you right away what my two favorite books are. The first is a
novel, "The Dogs of Babel", by Carolyn Parkhurst. It's the best
work of fiction I've ever read. It's chilling and romantic and
bizarre, it's deeply sad, and it is brilliant. The other is a book
of poetry, "Delights and Shadows", by Ted Kooser. All of his books
are fantastic, of course, nobody writes like Kooser, but this book
in particular is a damn masterwork.
Favorite movies: I don't know where to begin. Documentaries and
supernatural horror movies are always a good choice. The film that
sticks out in my mind at this exact moment is "Liebe", a German
short I saw at a film festival earlier this year. It's a sort of
horror/romance/comedy about a gay troll. I haven't been able to
find it online yet. Let me know if you find it, will you?
Favorite music: I'm all over the place with my music. Right now I'm
listening to a lot of Lou Reed and Valerie June. Beethoven and Bach
are constant companions, as well. Jeremy Denk released a recording
of the Goldberg Variations recently which I've been listening to
Favorite food: I could really go for a gyro right about now. I know
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
My e-reader, an internet connection, a comfortable place to sit,
good music, the Oxford comma, and a sixth thing as yet to be
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
EVERYTHING. I can't help it. My mind is a very busy place. I don't
even know where to begin listing the things I often think about.
Gender, poetry, style, truth, the concept of infinity, the concept
of air conditioning, snakes, a beer and a cigarette, love,
language, cephalopods, and cetaceans.
But not crustaceans. They're creepy.
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
With my friends. At one of their houses, or at a restaurant or
theater. If they're busy, I can be found dining alone with a book
and a beer, which is also pleasant.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
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I still have a stuffed raccoon that was given to me when I was
born. He sits on top of one of my book cases, peering down at my
bed. It's not as disconcerting as it sounds.
You should message me if
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You should definitely message me if you meet one or more of the
* You have a wicked sense of humor and are capable of great
* You're willing to check the oil in my car
* You have a flannel shirt and you know how to use it
* You can affectionately listen to someone enthuse at length about
a poem they read
* You can look at the night sky and teach me the
* You have a knack for making people feel at ease
* You read ridiculous romance novels and alternate between feeling
their passion vicariously and acutely feeling your own
* You saw me on your visitors list and wonder why I didn't message
you. Hint: It's because I'm shy. I always reply to thoughtful
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