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HowSoonIsNext

40 M Chicago, IL

My Details

Last Online
Yesterday – 7:34am
Orientation
Straight
Ethnicity
White
Height
6′ 2″ (1.88m)
Body Type
Skinny
Diet
Mostly anything
Smokes
Yes
Drinks
Socially
Drugs
Religion
Agnosticism, and laughing about it
Sign
Aries, and it’s fun to think about
Education
Graduated from university
Job
Art / Music / Writing
Income
$30,000–$40,000
Relationship Status
Single
Relationship Type
Offspring
Doesn’t have kids
Pets
Speaks
English (Fluently)

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My self-summary
I'm a musical omnivore, literary enthusiast, cheap food connoisseur and moderate hedonist looking to widen my circle of friends and go out on more dates.

A big part of my nature (and both of my current jobs) is to be a cultural advocate. I'm constantly trying to expose my friends to my favorite art--mostly books and music--and discover new experiences to enjoy with them.
What I’m doing with my life
I manage the best used bookstore in Wicker Park and write about local music for my favorite alt-weekly, the Chicago Reader. I live above my all-time favorite music venue. Life is good!

I USED to do a podcast with my best friend for WBEZ...but that got cancelled. We had a great theme song. I got to interview Ian Mackaye, Zola Jesus, Mick Collins, Freddie Gibbs and Marissa Paternoster of Screaming Females. Check out our 20 episode season:

http://www.wbez.org/series/hit-it-or-quit-it-podcast
I’m really good at
Writing. Reading. Listening. Dancing. Biking. Finding spots with cheap, delicious eats.
The first things people usually notice about me
I'm tall and skinny, and try to cultivate a personal style: leather jacket, tight jeans and white cowboy boots--or Dr Martens, usually. I don't wear flip-flops or a backwards baseball cap out in public. Aging gracefully is for wimps.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
My tastes are eclectic. I'm enthusiastic about post-punk and rap, corny pop, modern classical, electronic dance music, stand-up comedy, talk shows, art films and multiplex fare. And books! In no particular order:

Jams: Blood Orange, EMA, Julianna Barwick, HOAX, Cosmic Church, Ultrademon, Teitanblood, Three 6 Mafia, Majical Cloudz, Kelela, Sky Ferreira, Perfect Pussy, Oneohtrix Point Never, Priests, Savages, Vår, Future, White Lung, Gene Clark, Migos, Angel Olsen, Merle Haggard, J Dilla, Sleaford Mods, Priests, The-Dream, Burial, Grouper, Boredoms, Lou Reed, Raspberry Bulbs, The Wipers, The Oh Sees, King Louie, Kate Bush, Cock Sparrer, Silver Jews, SubRosa, John Luther Adams, The Haxan Cloak, Neko Case, Pleasure Leftists, Cultes des Ghoules, Will Oldham, Laurel Halo, Aaliyah, Frankie Rose, PJ Harvey, Kevin Gates, Cairo Gang, Orange Juice, Johnny Paycheck, Jandek, Prurient, Miranda Lambert, Chief Keef, Waxahatchee, Charley Patton, U.S. Girls, La Monte Young, Skip James, John Fahey, Hank Williams, Wax Idols, The Replacements, SUNN O))), Radar Eyes, Destruction Unit, St. Vincent, LCD Soundsystem, Gustav Mahler, Group Inerane, Jesu, Neneh Cherry, Tom T. Hall, Supreme Cuts, Swans, Ornette Coleman, Lou Harrison, Iceage, Thin Lizzy, Billy Childish, Shoes, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Arctic Flowers, The Fall, The Gun Club, Edwin Birdsong, Kevin Coyne, Sun Ra, L.E.P. Bogus Boys, Freddie Gibbs, Make Believe, Azita, Lil' Wayne, George Jones, Factory Floor

Books: I just started a column reviewing music books for a new-ish music magazine, so I'm pretty deep into artist biographies (Crass, Rick James) and the 33 1/3 book about Liz Phair. Next, I'm on to the Neil Gaiman book about Duran Duran--I know, right-- and maybe the most recent Pynchon.

Gravity's Rainbow/Pynchon
Story of The Eye/Bataille
Blood Meridian/McCarthy
Slouching Towards Bethlehem/Didion
Infinite Jest/Wallace
Neon Wilderness/Algren
The Recognitions/Gaddis
Moby-Dick/Melville
Low Life: Lures and Snares of Old New York/Sante
White Noise/DeLillo
Lincoln/David Herbert Donald
The Summer Game/Angell
Viking Portable Dorothy Parker
The Big Sleep/Chandler
A Visit From the Goon Squad/Egan

Movies:
Brick
Young Mr. Lincoln
Jubilee
2001: A Space Odyssey
Blue Velvet
Don't Look Back
The Night Porter
The Sorrow and the Pity
Pandora's Box
Some Like It Hot
A Night at the Opera
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Red Riding Trilogy

TV:
The Young Ones
Twin Peaks
The West Wing
The Wire
Deadwood
Mad Men
Hannibal
Boardwalk Empire
Game of Thrones
Breaking Bad
The Fall
Top of The Lake
The Americans
The six things I could never do without
1) iPod
2) good books
3) white cowboy boots
4) computer
5) bike
6) my grandpa's hat
I spend a lot of time thinking about
1) How more bookshelves can my apartment hold before the floor caves in?
2) Chocolate milkshakes.
3) Future DJ sets. (And DJ sets where I play nothing but Future.)
On a typical Friday night I am
Feeling grouchy about having to work at the bookstore...and plotting a totally epic Saturday night.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I own more than one hair care product.

Here are some concert videos, glamour photos and weird bookstore ephemera that cross my path:

http://instagram.com/jr1nelson

140 character updates:

https://twitter.com/JR1Nelson
I’m looking for
  • Girls who like guys
  • Ages 22–45
  • Near me
  • Who are single
  • For new friends, long-term dating, short-term dating
You should message me if
...you hear the thrifting siren song of Village Discount and Salvation Army. I'm looking for some new summer clothes, and having an honest 'yea/nea vote' thrifting buddy would be super helpful...

You want to help me find out who makes the best Michelada in town.

You are going to P4K Fest next week!