Hyper-imaginative professional illustrator, former boxer, absurdist, Strangite. Somewhat grounded in my status as a manly egalitarian with a sex-positive outlook on gender relations. Playfully prodding, very physical, highly enthusiastic yet extremely considerate. I go back and forth between intense literary focus and utter human silliness.
I have a talent for spurts of pure objectivity. They don't last long, but they're special, and I hold them close as cherished evidence that my student loans are not totally arbitrary.
I am large and very kind.
What I’m doing with my life
Re-drafting a self-published novel for an eventual re-release, working as a graphic novel artist to pay for life, occasionally doing low-level stunt work for television in an effort to make extra money, and to see the world outside my home illustration studio.
I still box when possible, but rarely do 10 round sparring sessions anymore, as I don't think I can afford to forget any more trivia, and I dare not risk damaging my capacity for obscure vocabulary. Rare diction and inventive-yet-accurate syntax brings the classy ladies.
Taking breaks frequently from painting, often with the sudden desire to be among people. Also, making failing-but-admirable strides to correct my sleeping schedule.
I’m really good at
analysis, spontaneously doing things out of my price range due to social pressure, drawing, writing, boxing, outbursts of spontaneous affection prompted by something wonderful you just said, explaining the flawed logic behind the Met closing at 5:30
being generous with witticisms while maintaining conversational focus, being totally comfortable with other people's emotions.
It has also occurred to me recently that I have really good taste in friends. Every person who has gone the distance with me socially and sentimentally is a truly good and loving person- and if someone isn't, they just don't last in my space.
The first things people usually notice about me
I'm taller than them.
I make fairly consistent eye contact.
My eyes just lit up when you mentioned Tolkein.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, Lord Of The Rings, Atonement, Ladies of Grace Adieu, American Gods, Consider the Lobster, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, The Speaker for the Dead, Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, Ender's Game, anything Anais Nin, The Chocolate War. I've been attempting to put my face in Infinite Jest again, but honestly I really prefer Wallace's journalistic stories.
Movies: Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Big Trouble in Little China, The Squid and the Whale, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Let the Right One In, Gattaca, Michael Clayton, You and Me and Everyone We Know, Seven Samurai, Tarnation, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Children of Men, Inception, Batman Begins/ Dark Knight, Zeitgeist, WALL•E, Watchmen, Buckaroo Banzai, Interstellar
TV Shows: Mad Men, Venture Brothers, Frasier
Music: Magnetic Fields, Joanna Newsom, College, This Will Destroy You, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Lumineers, Wolf Parade, The Moldy Peaches, Bright Eyes, Sigur Ros, Fever Ray, Mates of State, The Books, Nico, The Beatles, M83, The Cure, Bob Dylan, Manchester Orchestra, Animal Collective, Radiohead, Explosions in the Sky, Florence and the Machine, Queen, Conor Oberst/Bright Eyes
The six things I could never do without
mechanical pencils, the voice of Freddie Mercury, books- some with
pretty pictures, boxing gloves, banter, James Horner's "Ride Of The
Firemares" from the Krull soundtrack
I spend a lot of time thinking about
My own fictional characters, how to circumvent the wild inconsistency of the G train, other people's books, the sociology and biology of gender, the delightfully anarchist politics of 1930's Superman.
On a typical Friday night I am
Staying out later than I intended, sometimes due to invitations from charming people, other times due to a looming sense that my youth and vitality are wasted if I go home to draw or write something instead
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I am always well-liked, and always slightly out of place.
You should message me if
you feel helplessly compelled to do so, if you find the idea of a conspicuously male person appealing,
if you would like to teach me something extraordinary, if you know what 'Strangite' means in the beginning of my profile.
... OR if you want to hear a true story about how I once pulled a woman from the train tracks!