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26 / M / Straight / Single
Evans, West Virginia
- Last Online
- Dec 4
- 6′ 1″ (1.85m).
- Body Type
- Mostly vegetarian
- Agnosticism and very serious about it
- Sagittarius but it doesn’t matter
- Working on college/university
- Less than $20,000
- Doesn’t want kids
- Has dogs and has cats
- English (Fluently), Japanese (Poorly)
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I've got about another two semesters to go in order to get my degree, but I'm in no hurry to return to all of that stress.
Besides the above, I also have a strong interest in late nineteenth to early twentieth century weird fiction. A few favored authors in this idiom are H.P. Lovecraft (of course), Clark Ashton Smith, Algernon Blackwood, Izumi Kyoka, Lafcadio Hearn, M.R. James, Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, Ambrose Bierce, Lord Dunsany, and Arthur Machen.
Another literary interest of mine is in ancient and medieval epics. Stuff like the Epic of Gilgamesh, The Iliad, The Odyssey, Beowulf, Táin Bó Cuailnge, The Song of Roland, Poem of the Cid, The Nibelungenlied, that sort of thing.
As for movies, I enjoy a lot of Japanese films. My favorite directors are Yasujiro Ozu, Mikio Naruse, Hiroshi Shimizu, and Kenji Mizoguchi, though I also adore the works of Akira Kurosawa (particularly Ikiru) and Masaki Kobayashi, among others.
My favorite film of all time, however, has to be Chris Marker's Sans Soleil. In exploring how time and memory interact to affect and falsify our perceptions of both personal and global history, Marker finished what Proust started with his monumental In Search of Lost Time. I have become completely obsessed with this film, to the point where I even watched Vertigo, Apocalypse Now, and Stalker more or less just to get a better understanding of how those works influenced it (though it must be said that these are all fantastic films in their own ways, especially Stalker which is now my second favorite Andrei Tarkovsky film behind Solaris). Quotes from this film come into my mind all the time as I go about my daily business. Its subtly suggestive visual poetry continues to haunt my imagination. I suspect it will only be a matter of time before it starts crawling into my dreams, as well. It's driving me insane, but in a good way, I think. Definitely a life-changing work.
A list of some of my favorite directors: Ingmar Bergman (Persona, Wild Strawberries, Through a Glass Darkly), Andrei Tarkovsky (The Mirror, Stalker, Solaris), Chris Marker (Sans Soleil, La Jetée), John Cassavetes (Faces, A Woman Under the Influence), Eric Rohmer (My Night at Maud's, La Collectionneuse), Mikio Naruse (When a Woman Ascends the Stairs, Late Chrysanthemums), Yasujiro Ozu (Tokyo Story, Late Spring), Terry Zwigoff (Ghost World, Crumb).
I'm a huge fan of anime and manga. Most of what I like can be categorized as seinen or josei, though there are some notable exceptions. As a general rule, if Yoshitoshi Abe had anything to do with it, I probably like it. Sadly, a lot of the shows I like are relatively obscure so I'm often an outsider even at anime conventions and on forums. Some of my favorite shows are Haibane Renmei, Kino's Journey, Mushishi, Legend of the Galactic Heroes, Twelve Kingdoms, Revolutionary Girl Utena, Mawaru Penguindrum, Spring and Chaos, Rose of Versailles, Tatami Galaxy, Victorian Romance Emma, Texhnolyze, Angel's Egg, Ghost in the Shell, Only Yesterday, Boogiepop Phantom, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, Planetes, Spice and Wolf, La Maison en Petits Cubes, and Berserk.
I read manga a lot less than I watch anime, but there are a few that have drawn me in. My absolute favorite manga is Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, which I personally think is the greatest thing Miyazaki ever worked on. This is followed by Kentaro Miura's Berserk, Takehiko Inoue's Vagabond, and Naoki Urasawa's Monster. I also love anything that Kaoru Mori has ever worked on; at the moment I am halfway through her Emma manga and I've read the first two volumes of A Bride's Story. In the future I would like to read more shoujo and josei manga.
I also love some western animation. A few of my favorite shows are Ren & Stimpy, Rocko's Modern Life, Powerpuff Girls, Dexter's Laboratory, Samurai Jack, Courage the Cowardly Dog, The Venture Bros., The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, Avatar: The Last Airbender, The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack, and My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.
My taste in music is decidedly old-fashioned in the extreme. I am fascinated by early twentieth century music, particularly by the rawness of pre-war country blues, gospel, and hillbilly music, though I am also enthralled by opera, jazz, and ethnic recordings of that time period. My favorite artists of blues and hillbilly music are Skip James, Dock Boggs, Roscoe Holcomb, Charlie Poole, and Mississippi John Hurt. There is an eerie quality to much of this music and a lot of it is also profoundly emotional in a way that much modern music fails to be for me. I would even go so far as to say that my interest in weird fiction developed as a desire to summon in literary form the uncomfortable though deeply compelling feelings that overwhelm me while listening to Dock Boggs' nihilistic murder ballad "Pretty Polly" or Skip James' despairing falsetto in "Devil Got My Woman" or "Hard Time Killin' Floor Blues."
This obsession with our forgotten musical heritage has led me to flea markets, yard sales, and antique stores all over the place in search of pre-war shellac records, and for some time I have been in the process of assembling an ideal setup for the playback and digitization of 78 rpm records. So far I've got the turntable, a cartridge with a generic 78 rpm stylus, and a phono preamp that should be coming in the mail soon. Besides that, hundreds of dusty old records litter the floor of my study in great big boxes, and I've been going through the tedious (yet strangely rewarding) process of cleaning them and placing them in brand-new sleeves. An old Edison Diamond Disc phonograph now rests in my study near the desk, and I hope that one day I will learn how to maintain and restore these beautiful machines. Eventually, when I get all of the equipment gathered together, I would like to start digitizing records and putting them up on youtube for everyone to enjoy.
Besides pre-war music, I also love the sweat-drenched and gospel-inspired sounds of southern soul, particularly the songs of James Carr, O.V. Wright, Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, Sam Cooke, Wilson Pickett, and Doris Duke. That's not to say I can't also enjoy some Northern soul every once in a while; I love Curtis Mayfield (his "Superfly OST" is one of my all-time favorite albums) and Marvin Gaye's classic album "What's Going On". There's just something about southern soul, perhaps its grittiness, that has a special appeal to me, though.
Other than that, I like some classic rock. "Trout Mask Replica" by Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band is one of my favorite albums, as is Love's "Forever Changes." Van Morrison's "Astral Weeks" is another favorite album and I love anything by Townes Van Zandt. Finally, I enjoy some hip-hop, mostly golden age and underground stuff like A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Eric B. & Rakim, GZA, Gang Starr, Organized Konfusion, Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth, J Dilla, Madlib, and MF Doom. Hip-hop is pretty much the most exciting innovation in popular music of the last few decades, in my opinion. Sampling fascinates me and I find the idea of DJs "digging in the crates" to rescue old sounds from obscurity, thereby recontextualizing them and giving them new meanings to be absolutely beautiful. In fact, the whole enterprise of "digging in the crates" recalls my own attempts to rescue pre-war music from oblivion so I feel a great affinity for the postmodern aesthetic underlying hip-hop. Sadly, much of this music does not maximize the form's potential, but when everything clicks, such as when a DJ uses a vocal sample in a chorus to resurrect the voices of the past to comment on the present, the effect can be both soulful and profound. One more thing on this subject, although I am not nearly as passionate about hip-hop as I am about pre-war music, I get pretty irritated when people flippantly dismiss the whole genre. Same with people who flippantly dismiss all country music. If you ask me such an attitude stinks to high heaven of ignorant classism.
As for more contemporary rock music, the only artists of the past few decades that I remain enthused with are the Talking Heads, Pavement, My Bloody Valentine, and Neutral Milk Hotel. There's other stuff that I don't mind but that's about all I listen to anymore as far as more recent rock is concerned.
I enjoy video gaming. Mostly I play RPGs and survival horror games, though I'm also starting to get into interactive fiction. Some favorites: Planescape: Torment, A Mind Forever Voyaging, Anchorhead, Fallout, Fallout 2, Demon's Souls, Dark Souls, Thief: The Dark Project, Thief II: The Metal Age, King's Field, King's Field II, King's Field III, King's Field IV: The Ancient City, LSD: Dream Emulator, Crypt Worlds, Barkley Shut Up and Jam: Gaiden, Castlevania, Castlevania II: Belmont's Revenge, Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse, Super Castlevania IV, Castlevania: Rondo of Blood, Castlevania: Bloodlines, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, Vampire: The Masquerade-Bloodlines, Ultima Underworld, Arcanum, Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar, Ultima V: Warriors of Destiny, Darklands, Morrowind, Daggerfall, Baldur's Gate, Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn, Icewind Dale, Mother, Earthbound, Mother 3, Chrono Trigger, Fallout: New Vegas, The Legend of Zelda, Super Metroid, Cave Story, EverQuest, Mega Man, Mega Man 2, Mega Man X, Team Fortress 2, Persona 4, Silent Hill, Silent Hill 2, Siren, Clock Tower, Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne.
When it comes to RPGs, I prefer games that place an emphasis on meaningful choices and consequences. I love it when the quest design allows you to approach a problem in more than one way, and I also think it's important that there be moral ambiguity in the choices available to the player. Things get boring pretty quickly if you can only ever choose between being a perfect altruist and a cartoonish villain.
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