Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
I've tried my hand at quite a few things in my life but there's
still a lot to do.
When I was younger I was sure that interesting experiences made
interesting people, so I spent some time off the beaten path. I
started playing the banjo and right after high school I hitchhiked
across the country, which was a bit foolish and a bit awesome. It
brought me face to face with a lot of people I wouldn't normally
meet and really broke me out of my bubble.
A little older and wiser, I studied math at UC Santa Cruz and then
got my master's degree in the Liberal Arts at St. John's College.
It was fascinating to read through the history of human
Over the past few years I've been a farmer, a bike courier, a
tutor, and now I'm working as a journalist and applying to grad
school for Middle Eastern History.
What I’m doing with my life
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Right now I'm studying Arabic and the Middle East to get in to grad
school. At the same time I'm organizing socialist student groups
across the Bay, interviewing workers on the picket lines, and
I've basically adopted the old motto "Nothing human is foreign to
me." I'll be in the cold, dark ground before I constrain myself to
a single field.
I'm currently reading through "The Communist Movement in Syria and
Lebanon." There's so much to uncover about the betrayals of
Stalinism on the one hand and the genuine fight to unite people
across ethnic and religious lines on the other.
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
Mathematics. I've been out of the saddle for a bit so any grad
student could probably run circles around me, but some theorems are
just too beautiful to forget.
Reading, analyzing, and writing news. I try to stay as informed and
involved as possible. The Rodney King obituary I wrote is one of
the pieces I'm most proud of:
Playing the banjo
I've been at it for a decade now. I once got 2nd place at a
festival in Santa Fe. There were three people competing ;)
I also play the Appalachian dulcimer, and I suppose I'm good at it,
but that's an instrument that's hard to be bad at. Seriously, it's
fretboard is designed so you can't hit a wrong note.
The first things people usually notice about me
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My smile. There's very little in life that I find unpleasant so
it's usually around.
Or possibly my fantastically curly hair.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
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Books: Godel, Escher, Bach; Catch-22; The
Revolution Betrayed; Lolita; The Tragic Sense of Life in Men and
Nations; Almost anything by Vonnegut, Salinger, or Steinbeck
Movies: Harold and Maude; The Wind that Shakes the
Barley; Cool Hand Luke; Hot Fuzz; O Brother Where Art Thou? (Coen
Brothers in general); Pan's Labyrinth; Miller's Crossing; Let the
Right One In; Winters Bone; Iron Sky
TV: Louie, Mr. Show, Futurama, Arrested
development, Flight of the Conchords, Archer, Mad Men, Breaking
Bad, The Wire, Bojack Horseman
Music: Tommy Jarrell; David Bowie; Johnny Cash;
Doc Watson; Roscoe Holcomb; William Elliott Whitmore; Carolina
Chocolate Drops; White Stripes; Flaming Lips; Air
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
Truth be told I could probably do without most things. My life
would change the most for the worse though, if I ran out of pens
Sometimes I just need to write an idea down to really understand
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
Science, philosophy, and politics. I am always trying to understand
the world better.
I would toss in music, but that involves far more doing than
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
Biking all over San Francisco. Then crashing with a good beer and
book or some Netflix
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
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I own at least one season of the A-Team.
You should message me if
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You think life is both deadly serious and hella fun.
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