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My self-summary
Aspiring novelist; world traveler; mediocre pianist; occasional journalist; hatzegopteryx.
What I’m doing with my life
Daydreaming. And I am currently writing what I hope will be my first published novel.
I’m really good at
playing pop songs on the piano by ear, applying winged eyeliner, identifying bit players in pre-code Hollywood films, caramelizing onions, and making amazing mixes.
The first things people usually notice about me
Usually the fairness of my skin, or my lips.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Music: Alice Coltrane, Delia Derbyshire, Emika, Daphne Oram, Anne Clark, Dorothy Ashby, Bessie Smith, Daniela Casa, Doris Norton, Mary Lou Williams, Betty Davis, Else Marie Pade, Erykah Badu, Oum Kalthoum, Johanna Beyer, Ruth Crawford Seeger, Lili Boulanger, Sofia Gubaidulina, Elsa Barraine, Galina Ustvolskaya, Maxine Sullivan, Ana Tijoux, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, FKA twigs, Broadcast, Gazelle Twin, Phew, The Slits, A.C. Marias, ESG, X-Ray Spex, Lena Platonos, Warpaint, Teresa Carreño, Fatima Al Qadiri, Pan Ron, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Linda Perhacs, Vashti Bunyan, Connie Converse, Lil Green, Brigitte Fontaine, Sibylle Baier, Tanya Tagaq, Norma Beecroft, Rebecca Clarke, Florence Price, Nina Simone, Pauline Oliveros, Laurie Anderson, Victoria Spivey, Chelsea Wolfe, Laurel Halo, Leila Mourad, POLIÇA, Joni Mitchell, TOKiMONSTA, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Laurie Spiegel, Gilli Smyth, Suzanne Ciani, Ella Fitzgerald, Abbey Lincoln, Billie Holiday, Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou, Miriam Makeba, Life Without Buildings, The Shangri-Las, The Supremes, Missy Elliott, Nora Orlandi, Cocteau Twins, Lil Hardin Armstrong, PJ Harvey, Soledad Bravo, The Raincoats, JLin, Sevdaliza, Cleo Brown, Yma Sumac, Fiona Apple, Rosetta Howard, Electrelane, Portishead, Lhasa de Sela, Ellen Allien, Barbara, Françoise Hardy, Astrud Gilberto, Chromatics, Bebe Barron, Sylvie Bodorová, Kate Bush, Meredith Monk, M.I.A., Hildegard von Bingen, Young Marble Giants, Amália Rodrigues, Mahalia Jackson, Juliette Gréco, Mira Calix, Islaja, Nancy Sinatra, Blonde Redhead, Josephine Baker, Fanny Mendelssohn, The Breeders, Bridget St. John, Neko Case, Seefeel, Eartha Kitt, Cibo Matto, OOIOO, Joan Tower, Franghiz Ali-Zadeh, Björk, Googoosh, Stereolab, Michaela Melián, Grimes, Patsy Cline, Judee Sill, Throwing Muses, Bat for Lashes, The Sundays, Lizzy Mercier Descloux, Elodie Lauten, Oumou Sangaré, Clara Schumann, Mildred Couper, Germaine Tailleferre, Nadia Boulanger, Gloria Coates, Julia Holter, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, Nico, etc.

Artists/Photographers: Remedios Varo, Toyen, Dorothea Tanning, Kay Sage, Lee Miller, Helena Almeida, Yayoi Kusama, Berenice Abbott, Helen Levitt, Leonora Carrington, Bridget Bate Tichenor, Marguerite Burnat-Provins, Sofía Bassi, Helen Lundeberg, Unica Zürn, Diane Arbus, Bernice Bing, Erika Giovanna Klien, Joan Mitchell, Hilma af Klint, Francesca Woodman, Sonia Delaunay, Jung-Yeon Min, Leonor Fini, Suzanne van Damme, Dorr Bothwell, Ruth Ray, Helene Schjerfbeck, Helen Dryden, Madge Gill, Muriel Streeter, Georgia O'Keeffe, Marie Laurencin, Helen Frankenthaler, Séraphine Louis, Nusch Éluard, Louise Bourgeois, Eva Hesse, Natalia Sergeevna Goncharova, Tamara de Lempicka, Maria Yakunchikova-Weber, Clare Leighton, Kathleen Gemberling Adkison, Edith Rimmington, Sybil Andrews, Hedda Sterne, Laura Knight, Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Jeanne Mammen, Elsie Driggs, Sarah Moon, Cindy Sherman, Romaine Brooks, Louise Janin, Mary Cassatt, Gertrude Abercrombie, Alice Rahon, Maud Gérard, Marianne (My) Ullmann, Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, Hannah Höch, Vivian Maier, Janet Sobel, Alma Thomas, Marlene Tseng Yu, Mary Barnes, Elenore Abbott, etc.

Authors/Poets: Virginia Woolf, Joan Didion, Willa Cather, Sylvia Plath, Gwendolyn Brooks, Patricia Highsmith, Shirley Jackson, Daphne du Maurier, Katherine Mansfield, Toni Morrison, Madeleine L'Engle, Anne Sexton, Naomi Klein, Sandra Cisneros, Angela Carter, Carson McCullers, Flannery O'Connor, Isabel Allende, Djuna Barnes, Amy Lowell, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Mina Loy, Dorothy Richardson, Octavia E. Butler, H.D., Dorothy Parker, etc.

Films: Persona, The Red Shoes, La double vie de Véronique, The Philadelphia Story, Marketa Lazarová, At Land, Cléo de 5 à 7, Meshes of the Afternoon, El espíritu de la colmena, Onibaba, The Lady Vanishes, Céline et Julie vont en bateau, Sedmikrásky, Shadow of a Doubt, Holiday, The Innocents, The Haunting, The Passion of Joan of Arc, Notorious, Hiroshima Mon Amour, Alien, Aliens, The Seventh Victim, Shadows, Pan's Labyrinth, Brief Encounter, Charade, Trois Couleurs: Bleu, Heathers, etc.

Shows: Damages, Broad City, 30 Rock, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Agent Carter, Daria, Aeon Flux, My So-Called Life, The 100
The six things I could never do without
e minor, train windows, red lipstick, saudade, umami, dissonance
I spend a lot of time thinking about
the concept of nothingness, what modern music would sound like to Bach, ideas for television shows and films, American high schools in the first half of the 20th century (I collect antique yearbooks), the feasibility of dropping everything to professionally restore historic houses and buildings (feasibility is currently quite low considering that power tools still scare me)
On a typical Friday night I am
You should message me if
If you need a concert partner or if you want to start a band or want to talk about films and literature over coffee.

And definitely if you are a time traveling David Byrne from 1977.