My aesthetic is mock epic. I lead an epic life. Homer is important
to me. I once borrowed my friends armor and beat back the invaders
when the were upon the ships. I paid for that one. I've lied to
deformed giants. He will tell you it was nobody, but I did it. OK,
I know I am not fighting those kinds of monsters. I get what is
real better than most people, who think conventions, traditions,
and ideologies are reality. I tilt at these windmills, the systems
that robs us of our humanity, and they exist only in the
imagination. They are as real as the sirens. Too many ships are
being smashed against the craggy shore. People suffer in despair
because of beliefs, so I mock. I lead an epic existence trying to
put humanity in the center. I am a peaceful man. Most of my time is
spent chiseling veined Italian marble, listening to opera, and
drinking wine. Stone work is my craft.
What I’m doing with my life
I am working on an epic project, which is sweeping in scope, braced
in the angles, and true in the foundation with plumb columns and
panoramic views. A house on the hill built on a fault line. I make
it up as I go along. A visionary project featuring lime stucco and
local stone with terraces inspired by matchu pichu and stone arches
inspired by the great cathedrals of Europe.
I can learn to do anything. Time is my only limit. It takes time to
master a craft, but I can figure out how to squeak by quickly.
Stone, wood, metal, and glass, all become plastic in skilled hands.
When I immerse myself in a technical problem, I can get out of my
way and create.
I think about epic projects I have ahead of me and I sigh. I will
match my curiosity against anybodies. My five year plan includes
doing a bit of genetic engineering in the garage. I think I have
something to contribute.
I like to explore the mind body relationship. I took a yoga class
to meet girls, but I would feel inauthentic, if I didn't try to
understand the discipline. So I made peace with my dan tien and
squeegeed my third eye. By the end of class, I was in the moment. I
understood desirelessness, so I didn't really have it in me to take
many shots. I just continued the flow. Needless to say, women
remained uninterested, but I figured out a way to heal and
understand my body. I lost weight and got active. I haven't been
able to run, bike, lift, and climb like this in years. I am really
jazzing on it.
I’m really good at
I find it is best not to think about this. It stifles me. If I am
not good at something, I can get good at it. It is all about
learning to see. Some things take me a while, but I have
perseverance. I have been working on some things for over twenty
years. I am nearing some important breakthroughs. New discoveries
happen daily. I have more epiphanies than most.
The first things people usually notice about me
A powerful physical presence like Odysseus with symmetrical
features and mythic proportions. Sometimes this is not the first
thing you notice because I use disguise when it suits me.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Let me first say I do not regret being an English major.
The last really good novel I read was Between the River and the
Bridge, by Craig Ferguson, the talk show host. Profane and sacred
in a way I haven't seen before. A very skilled story teller.
Gary Wills, Papal sin. The guy is brilliant. This is one of the
most insightful books into the nature of authority. I saw him call
the tea party a bunch of racists on the Colbert Report, and Colbert
didn't call him on it. He is a moral and intellectual
Calvin and Hobbes, I have a son, and he has Calvin in him. I am
still trying to get him interested in the strip. He likes the ones
with the baby sitter.
Freakonomics was an important book for me. I started to write my
own text on economics, which is called Economics, It's not about
the money. It will show what homo economis does and feels.
I heard a marathon of Joe Strummer's London Calling radio show. I
used to dismiss so much really good music until Joe opened my eyes.
He made these during his Mescaleroes years, which were great. Joe
is as close as I get to having a hero, and these radio shows are
everything I want to teach my kids about diversity, globalism, and
Cooking with Jacques and Julia. This is the book which taught me
how to cook. They play good French chef/ bad French chef in it.
Usually Julia is the voice for tradition. I killed every year with
her deconstructed turkey. They taught me foams, sauces, cooking
meat, curing meat, dessert, bread, stock, and soup. Another book I
used was Rick Bayless, The Mexican Kitchen. I never did much with
the later chapters, but the first chapter on the essential sauces,
I must have read and used a hundred times. I like mashing cultures
I should mention Tom Waits. I fell in love listening to Tom Waits
and I fell out of love listening to Tom Waits and I hope to do it
all again listening to Tom Waits. I know there are those out there
that like his early work better, and you are wrong. Not even close.
He gets more interesting with age. I like that his artistic turning
point was when he got married.
The six things I could never do without
This question bothers me. What happens when we don't get what we
want or lose what we have? Life is too short to sulk. We know what
happened when Achilles sulked. His best friend got killed. So the
king took his woman, big deal at least it was the king. If he came
out of his tent a little earlier, he could have avoided a lot of
bloodshed. I had epic struggles to learn how to do without. They
aren't needy in the Aeneid.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
What would Odysseus do?
On a typical Friday night I am
Doing something epic.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Part of the mock epic aesthetic is to mock the hyper masculine male
and the women who love them. I walk an edge because some people act
funny about those things. I make myself the butt of many of these
jokes, but sometimes it can be fun to offend. I am trying to be
more sensitive. Mine is a 21st century epic. I worry women won't
get my jokes. I decided to do something about it. I started to
watch 30 Rock, and I love it. Tina Fay is funny, smart, and sexy.
My banter is more inclusive, and my umbrella is bigger.
You should message me if
You lead an epic life full of adventure and discovery. If you have
read an epic. You feel like you are doing something important. You
are curious. If you get my jokes, you should definitely message me.
I do other aesthetics too. I got moonlight material but I am
particular about the audience. The epic life is inclusive of all
experiences and cultures.