I surfed the waves of Southern California in my youth. Nearly
drowned in the mines of southeast Kansas. Walked the streets of New
York City in complete darkness. Waltzed on a frozen lake in
Minnesota. Drank a beer in Portland with Conor Oberst. Projectile
vomited into a toilet in Seattle (I had the flu). Said no thank you
to pot in San Francisco because I didn't have any cash and didn't
want to think about what I would have to do instead. Walked in the
rain in Los Angeles. Carried a woman to her car after she turned
her ankle on the cobblestones in Savannah. Won on my first try at a
slot machine in Las Vegas. Finished a lyric for Sufjan Stevens when
he forgot it on his last tour. Driven a manual halfway across the
American southwest. And shivered in a cave in Missouri.
I don't like the prospect of staying in one place for a long time,
unless it is a really good place. The people are the place, not
just the buildings.
Third wave feminist
What I’m doing with my life
Writing the great American novel. Although I'm beginning to think that it's more like an epic poem.
MFA in Fiction at UMKC next fall.
Considering where to spend my time before I go to grad school. Chicago, Minneapolis, Seattle, Portland are all on my list.
I LOVE to travel, and I wish I could do it more.
I’m really good at
I clap really really really loud... and I like it that way.
Writing long sentences without the use of a comma. For no other
reason than because they look pretty on the page. Also, breaking
grammatical rules because grammar should be descriptive rather than
The first things people usually notice about me
My beard? How good I look in flannel? That ax that I'm carrying
because I just finished building a log cabin with my bear hands?
The fact that I have bear hands?
Nah, it's probably the fact that I almost fell down, but I
didn't... this time.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Tender is the Night and Light in August are my two favorite
novels. Others include: Breakfast at Tiffany's. Revolutionary Road.
The Phantom Tollbooth. The Tipping Point. Blink. Outliers. Anything
having to do with the Faustus myth. No Country for Old Men. The
Design of Everyday Things. Where the Wild Things Are. Parts of A
Movable Feast. Brief Interviews with Hideous Men. Rabbit, Run.
Rontel by Sam Pink. Giovanni's Room. Sailing Around the Room. Love
in the Time of Cholera. I'm currently making my way through the
Harry Potter books.
Movies: On the Waterfront. The Apartment. The Orphanage. La Dolce
Vita. Away We Go. Sunset Boulevard. Black Swan. Love and Death. An
Unmarried Woman. Manhattan. Whip It. North by Northwest.
Diabolique. Carnage. Motorcycle Diaries. Charade. The Squid and the
Whale. Francis Ha. Kicking and Screaming. I really like films by
Noah Baumbach, Woody Allen and Billy Wilder.
Shows: Mad Men. Boardwalk Empire. Seinfeld.
Music: Andrew Bird. Wilco. Pale Hearts. Arcade Fire. The Beatles.
Sufjan Stevens. Jack White. The White Stripes. Miles Davis. The
Violent Femmes. The Pixies.
Food: I read The Omnivore's Dilemma and it make me think about food
more than I did before. But I still like delicious food, delicious,
The six things I could never do without
Daydreaming, I mean thinking intently
An abundance of distilled water
An interesting thought to contemplate
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Life and how perfect and absurd and beautiful it is.
How I need more pictures of me on a boat.
On a typical Friday night I am
Typical Friday night?
My previous Friday nights have included: accidentally attending a
burlesque show, walking on a frozen lake, and most recently being
incorporated into a bachelorette party by sitting at the wrong
table at the bar.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
You should message me if
You want to? Is messaging still a thing or are people just giving each other stars?
You are as unsure about life as I am every time you hear the song John Wayne Gacy Jr. by Sufjan Stevens.
Or if you just want to tell me some ridiculous things that others have sent you in a message.
You want to have an awesome new friend in the Kansas City area!