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My self-summary
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Socialist. Academic historian. Writer. Walker. Postcard-sender. Guided By Voices fan. Juggler. Lapsed chess player.
What I’m doing with my life
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At present I manage to both eat & pay rent -- just about -- through teaching British history at two different London-based universities. I mention this not because I define myself by my job(s) -- resolutely not -- but that I believe I can effect change through the work that I am currently employed to do.
The first things people usually notice about me
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Physiognomy is alive & well, no doubt, & I tend to think that the first thing people notice about anyone is hair. Mine is long, & is probably the first thing people usually notice about me. This has led to many instances of me being called 'madam' in recent years, something which a) is somewhat confusing, as it has most often happened when I've had four-day stubble; b) in part backs up, therefore, what I was saying about hair being the first thing people notice; c) makes me glow tremendously.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
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The music of Guided By Voices & Robert Pollard is central to my life. (I have been to America twice. Both trips were primarily about watching GBV live.) Also: The Mountain Goats; The Fall; Will Oldham in all his forms; R. Stevie Moore; the Bonzo Dog Band.

My favourite writer -- fiction or non-fiction -- is Michael Taussig. Perhaps it's because that fiction/non-fiction divide gets oh-so-shaky in his hands. He is up there next to Bob Pollard when it comes to heroes. I read, in fairly much equal measure: old children's books; Marxist theory; 1920s surrealist novels & poems; postwar British history; Fighting Fantasy books; novels which people I respect are passionate about.

I watch very little television these days, in spite, I think, & not because of the fact that 1960s broadcasting played a large part in my PhD thesis. It's more that listening to music & drinking is much more appealing an evening activity than watching. But I would very happily watch Buffy from scratch any day.

Food: I eat & cook most things. Cooking is really the third part of that holy evening triad: cooking, drinking, listening to music. What more could one possibly want?
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
Not just a belief in a better, meaning more equal world, but a desire to create one.

The music of Robert Pollard & Guided By Voices.

Irresponsible drinking.

Tea. I tend to think it's pretty bad form to leave the house without having had a cup of tea.

Paradoxically, perhaps hypocritically, but, I would say, dialectically: something to rail against. 'We need an enemy' sings Will Oldham on the Palace Brothers EP Hope. 'I'm saving all my rage for you.'

Writing: more than just a great tool. Rather, something we must do, often.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
The revolutionary potential of technological advances. Gender, & quite what on earth it is. Also place, in part meaning where I might end up living next. (Note: almost certainly somewhere in London.)
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
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A somewhat sinister question, this. That I unapologetically enjoy watching professional wrestling? That I'd far rather wear -- & look better in -- a dress than a suit & tie? 'Admission' makes me uncomfortable: this is the sort of language that keeps people from being who they are. It's the language of fear. ('Sportsman admits to being gay' &c.)