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English Lit & Philosophy graduate. Currently pursuing MA in
Contemporary Literature at the University of York where I may have
made a lot of good friends, but haven't been lucky in love.
What I’m doing with my life
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In York doing an MA in Contemporary Literature at University of
Running, playing squash, as much sport as I can fit in.
Freaking people out in my building by groaning like an over-ripe
I’m really good at
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I enjoy writing and critiqueing things. The nicest thing anyone
said about me was that I was "erudite and eccentric". Which was
nice. Thank you Alan. I play guitar and enjoy hammering away at
knotty, angular shapes. In reality, I make noise. I can sing,
though only in the shower. Also, my memory of lyrics is limited, so
I often cram snatches of songs together trying hard not to confuse
myself in the process.
The first things people usually notice about me
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How much of a nerd I am. Sometimes the first thing people notice is
how impertinent I am. Sometimes the first thing people notice is
how shy or subdued I am. It really depends on my mood and the
circumstances! Am I feeling goofy, or am I being serious? Am I
nostalgic for people I've never known and countries I've never been
to; am I "foolishly melancholic" as John Cheever once wrote?
Gradually more virile as I get older though...like youth in
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
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I seem to read a lot of American fiction. I'm trying to read more
European fiction but I'm not sure if a lot isn't lost in
translation. I am an aesthetic freak, and I tend to judge writers
on expressive ability over content. However, I am not completely
oblivious to context. Favourites: Leonard Michaels, Nicholson
Baker, John Cheever's Bullet Park. Robert Coover, erotic, comic and
aesthetic! Poets: James Tate. Wallace Stevens John Ashbery will
never go astray - particularly the rather apt, 'Worsening
Situation.' All men; it must mean something. 'The Lime Twig' by
John Hawkes was the last novel which left me staggering around in a
murky haze of wonderment.
Post-script: Current writers - David Markson, Thomas Bernhard and
Very recent: The Master by Paul Thomas Anderson is my all-time
The Duke of Burgundy, an erotic film which is intelligent and
Anything by Rainier Werner Fassbinder. Particularly Fox & His
James Mason and Joan Bennett in a desperately poetic film noir that
you know ain't gonna end well...
The long hall: In terms of films, I am a fan of the 1970s New
Hollywood: Jack Nicholson between 1970 and '76; McCabe & Mrs
Miller; Shampoo. Very creative period wherein the influence of a
more abstract, ambiguous European arthouse seemed to inform and
intoxicate an ailing Hollywood structure leading to many wonderful,
aesthetically ballsy films. That and the psychologically realist
and supremely indulgent plot-free films of John Cassavetes.
Hitchcock's Vertigo. Harmony Korine, Whit Stillman, Hal Hartley,
Guy Maddin - plenty of quirky indie auteur stuff from the last
twenty years of American cinema. The more austere Gus Van Sant
stuff (Elephant). Mike Leigh for a more worthwhile take on British
life. Peter Greenaway for his wit and visual acumen.
The Sopranos - subversive and entertaining. Peerless.
Twin Peaks; I enjoy giving confused waitresses the Dale Cooper
Seinfeld, anything Larry David-related. Nihilistic honest situation
comedy which turns bullshit, cliched sitcom tropes on their worn
I think that about puts the lid on tv for me - I just don't have
the time to waste and there are more worthy distractions!
Quite far ranging. Thanks to youtube I expose myself to new music
everyday. I have a predilection for angular, discordant stuff
(Fugazi, Slint, etc) though I could be just as happy listening to
Steely Dan or Autechre. I can find value in most things musically
(Country, electronic, you name it) - barring maybe the vocals on
reggae songs. Sometimes I pay attention to lyrics. I like risks
taken, candidness and uneven tones.
Ah, lists. We could be here all day.
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
Clean socks [lie]
Some sort of reading material, even the side of a cereal box.
Some sort of music listening apparatus even if my mp3 player is
like listening to a chorus of gnats re-arrange and perform my
A spare shirt.
My hands. I'm like a neurotic film-maker waving them around me at
all times [Now the left one is fractured in a small place]
My New Balance runners. Now Karimor. I wish they were Brooks. Sigh.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
Distractions. And then grading those distractions. How much time I
waste being parsimonial. Money vs time. The worthiness of anxiety.
Making a solid album of abstract guitar music.
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
Could be stuck in the local Sam Smith pub with uni mates gossiping
over PhDs - or at home reading. Watching an old Western!
You should message me if
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You've read all the above and are not suitably put off. You have a
daft sense of humour. You can enjoy activities which do not purely
involve alcohol consumption. You can handle the presence of an
awkward, nerdy male without wanting to slip into a nearby gutter
and drown yourself. Although said awkwardness is being combatted by
virility as I numbers pass in age. You like artsy-fartsy stuff, but
don't take things too seriously. Actually that last bit is a
goddamn lie - you can be wildly indifferent to artsy stuff.
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