I've been twice around the world by boat, lived and worked on five continents, and worn many a sou'wester. Now I'm back in London, reorganising my bookshelves and eating Cheerios straight from the box.
What I’m doing with my life
I write stories about journeys I take and the people I meet on them. When short on cash, I sell weasel words about the economy.
I'm a fan of debonaire taxi drivers, punch drunk boxers, ghetto geishas, Tang poets, and the Wu Tang Clan.
I’m really good at
I'm good at connecting people, ideas, and things that don't seem like they should fit together but do. Like, imagine an orgy where the clothed participants are clustered in nervous two's and three's and sometimes one's around the perimeter wall. They whisper and eye each other and their sneakers squeak against the vinyl. From every angle the thing looks like it's going to go over like a lead balloon. But somehow by the end everybody not only gets to get off, but also winds up with new underwear that's just right for their body type, and even learns something sweet and unexpected about the nature of love.
The first things people usually notice about me
They like the way I diddy bop.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Three of each to keep things spare.
Books: Junot Diaz, Karl Ove Knausgaard, Samuel Selvon
Movies: The Art of Killing, Down By Law, Sweet Sweetbacks Badassss Song
Musci: Nina Simone, Tom Waits, The Pogues
Food: espresso, limes, hot sauce
My favourite films of the last few months were The Wolfpack and Birdman. If you'd like to watch any from the following list of unseens, get at me:
Beasts of No Nation
Diary of a Teenage Girl
The six things I could never do without
'I want what everybody wants, / that's how I know I'm still /
breathing: deep mix, rapture / and longing' [MD]
And maybe also good company, good liquor, and second chances
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Africa? Africa. Just the mention of it... It's like you call my name.
On a typical Friday night I am
schmoozing/caterwauling/fishing for change
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Red flag words:
1. 'Creative' as a noun - e.g 'I am a creative living in Hackney.' (Me too, but lets have the decency to be embarrassed by it)
2. Beverages instead of drinks - e.g. ...out for a beverage or three.
3. Scribe or wordsmith instead of writer
2. Stated reluctance to summarise whole self in a paragraph
3. Suffixes, 'thecat' and 'inabox.' ('Osaurus' is always good, though)
Green means GO:
Callipygian, intrepid, Kool Aid, chatterbox, Biggie Smalls, dynamite, gargle, sweet-smelling, cosmonaut, cocoa butter
You should message me if
It feels like the right thing to do.
I especially like when people have grown up with or live with multiple cultural influences. If you've ever lived in a country you weren't born in, or your mother is from a different place to your father, or your grandparents are back in the old country, or your accent is scrambled, it's more likely to have legs.