Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
Born behind the Iron Curtain in the twilight of the People's
Republic of Poland, where the economy was in free fall but they
were still rounding up dissidents. Escaped, thanks to some ballsy
brinkmanship, to Nigeria, where my first point of business was to
contract and then fend off malaria. Ended up in a refugee centre in
Austria where some good things happened (got accepted to Canada!)
and some unspeakable things (one day I will tell you about the
Krampus). By the age of four I had bested both the anopheles
mosquito and Marxism-Leninism.
Settled in Kelowna and semi-assimilated, with the locals
complimenting me on my accent (think Chekov from the new Star Trek)
well into my mid-teens, when I finally lost the accent (though I’ll
read the menu with an accent for you if you want).
Ended up at a snooty Ivy League school, a scholarship kid among
Anglo princes whose family fortunes date back to the triangle
trade. Here I developed a love of learning, a keen nose for
character and a suspicion of men with perfectly parted hair.
After that, a spell travel writing for Let's Go, facing down
rioting militia men in West Timor and angry tarantulas in Arizona.
After earning an MA in Poli Sci in California, I took a job in
Dubai, working with a bunch of ex-CIA types; spending my mornings
eating cactus fruit with a Bedouin family in the Arabian desert, my
afternoons shopping for armoured cars and entertaining Iraqi
sheikhs on weekend junkets to Beirut, my evenings watching
prison-tattooed Russian skinheads luxuriate in the spa on top of
the world's only seven star hotel, and my nights clubbing with
Emirates Airlines cabin crew one too many times.
What I’m doing with my life
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Puzzling out tones, considering (then thinking better of) buying a
motorbike, learning how to wrap summer rolls.
I’m really good at
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Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
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Non-fiction on history, philosophy or social science (Nixonland,
Rising up and Rising down, City of Quartz, King Leopold's Ghost),
in fiction Thomas Mann, Paul Auster, Will Self, William Vollman,
Herzog's later stuff, Darren Aronofsky's earlier work and anything
by Peter Greenaway.
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