Notable accomplishments and character building moments in my life
include: having tried the local variation of a jelly filled donut
in almost every country in Eastern Europe; squatting in an old
brewery building with with a group of artists and with no heat
during the winter; swimming in a hotel pool with the Serbian
minister of Roma affairs, stripped down to his underwear; and while
attempting to bike home from work, surviving being run down by a
pack of dogs. (I would advise against cycling in Bucharest.)
I am intensely curious and adventurous, intellectually, and
experientially. I enjoy irreverent humor, quick witted and creative
minds, and value kindness, and reciprocity.
What I’m doing with my life
My day job for many years was as an education rights consultant in Eastern Europe. In a welcome twist I came back to NYC; developed and ran a college prep program for low-income teens in Brooklyn. This fall I am looking forward to teaching graphic novel writing to English Language Learners at a fantastic, public, International High School.
Some readers might also be interested to know that prior to this I was a working artist. That past is still a part of me today.
I ride to eat with a motley crew of friends. We do bicycle food tours of NYC. I also illustrate for lefty publications, write graphic novels, read science magazines, advocate for radically different social relations, and can be found engaged in conversations about a variety of curiosities.
I’m really good at
Avoiding this section.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Currently reading books related to the class I am teaching => ALL FUN!: Syllabus, Notes from an Accidental Professor by Lynda Barry; Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud; Cartooning, Philosophy and Practice by Ivan Brunetti.
Other Reads, Art, Music & Clues About Me: Education and Capitalism, Cheap Motels and a Hot Plate, Capital and It's Discontents, The Devil's Cup, Finding George Orwell in Burma, MAUS, Raymond Pettibon, Persepolis, Safe Area Gorazde, Stitches (and many other graphic novels), The Road, Varieties of Scientific Experience by Carl Sagan, books by Paulo Freire, David Sedaris, Douglas Adams, I Await the Devil's Coming, Capital Volume I, Nancy Spero, Leon Golub, the Jeeves & Wooster series by P.G. Wodehouse, Times Science section, Girls Against God magazine, Banksy, The Yes Men, A Band Called Death, AbFab, Archer, Curb Your Enthusiasm, A Man Named Pearl, Exit Through the Gift Shop.
Any food found in outlying ethnic enclaves of NYC are at the top of the list including Quesadilla de Chalupines.
The six things I could never do without
Fun. Food. Feeding my mind. Friends. Adventure. Biking. (otherwise
known as, FFFFAB).
On a typical Friday night I am
Surely doing something entirely debauched.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
The extent of my Friday night debauchery usually consists of being
in bed at a reasonable hour.
You should message me if
Definitely drop a line if you might be up for a road trip to Pearl