My favorite "new" thing: Quotes from other OkC profiles (!)
This site attracts an unusual number of good-to-great writers, and
their gifts should be shared. Here are a few selections:
"You, like me, are on a never ending search for the perfect blend
of raw intellect and fire."
"I have a folder with a long list of things that one does on Friday
night. On a typical friday night, I open a page at random and
follow instructions very very carefully."
"I love words. And logic and science. But I also love the arts and
intuition and the ineffable."
"The best sound is when you hold your breath and sink to the bottom
of the swimming pool and all you hear are the distant muffled
garbled bubble voices and the quiet whispers of your own thoughts.
"My daily meals are a barnyard holocaust of deliciousness (I eat
all the animals), but I do adore vegans who can cook."
"Love, sex, the apocalypse, and how to continue making art in spite
of these things."
"I'd like it to be honest, but if you just want to weave a
beautiful fiction with me, I'm game for that."
"I think my maturity development stopped during that would-be small
period in life when a boy is fascinated with both the toy section
AND the bra section of the Sears catalog."
"I am an atheist who wishes he wasn't."
"I need to remember things, and in order to remember they need to
TOO many to list. This section is dedicated to current
interests/those whom I hope to work with and write about. One of
the sites I contribute to (Moholy Ground Online) just uploaded this
project. Check this out...
Writers/theorists/critics, or "the geeks in whom this geek finds
Allan Sekula, Charlotte Cotton, Roland Barthes, Benjamin Buchloh,
Susan Buck Morss, Judith Butler, RETORT, Arthur C. Danto, Claire
Bishop, David Levi Strauss, Ariella Azoulay, Christopher Knight,
Tyler Green, William Poundstone, Susan Sontag, Lucy Lippard,
Theodor Adorno, Michel Foucault, Gayatri Spivak, Alan Trachtenberg,
Rebecca Solnit, A.D. Coleman, Steven Dubin, Doris Kearns Goodwin,
David McCullough, David Sedaris, Fredrick Jameson and Jonathan
Current reading selections:
Long and non fiction - Dead Wake (Erik Larson)
Short fiction - This is How You Lose Her (Junot Diaz)
Professional development -
Core Curriculum (Tod Papageorge) and current issues of Afterimage,
Afterall, Frieze, Filip, and Aperture magazine.
One of my favorite writers/humorists, David Rakoff, died recently.
He is sorely missed. His thoughts on writing, and cooking, ring
If you're curious, my writing can be found here:
The soundtrack that accompanies my life includes everything from
AC/DC to Hank Williams to Glen Gould.
The Black Keyes, Family of the Year, Ben Howard
Current current obsession:
Cage the Elephant, Radio Moscow, Hozier, Whitehorse
This American Life
Stuff You Missed in History Class
To the Best of our Knowledge
Frieze Art Fair, WireTap
Stuff You Should Know
Bad at Sports
House of Cards
Game of Thrones
True MUTHA FUCKIN' Detective (!!!)
Gone with the Wind
The King and I
Sound of Music
To Have and Have Not
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Godfather I and II
All the President's Men
And Justice for All
The French Connection
Anything by John Hughes but Ferris Bueller's Day Off in
Empire Strikes Back
Return of the Jedi
Raiders of the Lost Ark/Temple of Doom
The Killing Fields
Out of Africa
The Big Lebowski and most other Coen Brothers films
Sense and Sensibility
Thelma and Louise
A History of Violence
Anything touched by Christopher Nolan EXCEPT Interstellar
Man on Wire
Cave of Forgotten Dreams
and documentaries by Ken and Ric Burns.
Recent favorites include Last Days in Vietnam, Mr. Turner, 12 Years
Whiplash, The Imitation Game, and Foxcatcher left me exhausted and
I love it. I am getting better at cooking it. I am also trying to
patronize as many restaurants as possible in San Francisco, while
not simultaneously falling into bankruptcy.