I'm a photographer, documentary filmmaker, climber of mountains, lover of nature, swing dance, myths and stories, and high adventure (or low adventure - I'll take it either way). I avoid routine but welcome ritual. I like people who're engaged, tooth and claw and blood and marrow, in the ferocious and bizarre battle of life. I just got struck by lightning in Nepal, but so far no superpowers have manifested. So far...
My fate continues to lure me places I never expected. Recently that's included assassination attempts, snow leopards, fire craters, Turkmen military police, glacial lakes, sunken ships, a thousand mile journey tracking a wolf, Zurich gold vaults, and the temples of Bagan.
What I’m doing with my life
Crawling through jungles and over glaciers and galloping on horseback through Tibetan deserts and trying to save the world or at least tell a few of its good stories before we collectively blow it up. I am frequently told "you have the best job in the world" and almost as frequently told "you are going to die young and die violently."
As Shakespeare said, it is a world to see.
I've been to hell's mouth (it's real, Buffy!): http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/bc/Darvasa_gas_crater_panorama_crop.jpg
I've followed a wolf:
I'm directing a zombie movie set in 1755:
I'm also working on projects in the arctic, remote pacific islands, Nepal, Peru, the Caribbean, and Myanmar. Let the waters roar, Jack.
I’m really good at
Tarot readings. Leaping off of things with swords. Board games.
Jumping into glacial lakes.
Also swing dancing, rock climbing, narrowly avoiding death, and
getting large groups of people to do unexpected things, like sneak
into mayan ruins in the middle of the night or go skinny dipping in
a leech infested pond (that only worked once)
The first things people usually notice about me
Smile. Also that I'm climbing on something. Possibly drunk.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
The Hero with 1000 Faces, Beowulf (Seamus Heaney's translation is pretty fun), The Kalevala, The Books of the New Sun, Collapse, Living on the Edge (Lester Brown, O how elegantly you sum up how fucked we are), Discipline & Punish (foucault), The People of Paper, The Dancing Wu Li Masters, Godel Escher Bach, Guns Germs & Steel, Unbearable Lightness of Being, Spell of the Sensuous, Ender's Game, Neuromancer, Watchmen, Naked Lunch... most things by Jean Wolfe, Joseph Campbell, Vonnegut, Lovecraft, Tolkien, Blake, or Cormack McCarthy
Movies: Old Boy, Children of Men, The Fountain, Requiem for a Dream, City of Lost Children, Delicatessen, Clockwork Orange, Dead Alive, Eden Log, 5th Element, Valhalla Rising, Army of Darkness, Legend of the Drunken Master, Pi, Primer, The Last Mountain, The Cove, most David Lynch (Lost Highways, Eraserhead, Mulholland Drive)
Music: folk music, art rock, symphonic metal, tuvan throat singing, swing jazz, and anything you sing or play yourself
Food: I like food
The six things I could never do without
I spend a lot of time thinking about
1. Polar bears: how they might eat me.
2. B-level superpowers.
3. These Buddhist monks I was hanging out with on top of a 4x4
winding the desert cliffs of northern Nepal who kept singing Justin
Bieber at the top of their lungs
On a typical Friday night I am
Friday is the day for pattern-breaking, chaos, bacchanalia, and
rapture. Like all the rest of the days.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I hate horsemeat. It's terrible.
Fermented horsemilk. Also terrible.
You should message me if
There's a quote in Death with Interruptions by Jose Saramago about
being young, and in love, and how they are basically the same
thing. My goal is to be as in love as possible all the time, with
the world, with its people - all those teetering bulbs of dread and
dream. As a Shinto priest once said: "We don't have ideology. We
don't have theology. We dance."
Message me if that makes sense to you. Or if you want to go
dancing. Or if you speak interesting languages or play interesting
instruments, I always need translators and musicians for my
projects. Or you have a good adventure in mind.