seekslaurapalmer
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My self-summary
a recent arrival here from san francisco after fleeing the flip-flop wearing, bro' infestation that the city has become. hoping i won't regret this decision.

an east coast, direct, non-believing jew who is a music/film/pizza/bagel snob with a firm handshake and a half-read New Yorker collection that keeps growing in size. you're not going to see any pictures of yoga poses, sports jerseys, or cuddling with sedated tigers in this profile.

i have a strong fondness for weirdos, eccentrics, and misanthropic [film, literature, music, people].

enjoy these sounds. think of it as a soundtrack to the rest of this profile.
What I’m doing with my life
putting a phd to use
being nostalgic for pre-disney 1980s manhattan
preventing my plants from dying
films at the castro, berkeley pfa, and oddball cinema
shows at the lcm
need to update
in a sisyphean hell of brushing away dog hair
playing with modular analog synthesizers and sequencers
collecting and listening to vinyl records
uncovering gems at antique shops and estate sales
on a quest to purchase a harmonium or shruti box locally. any pointers?
believer of minimalism (disregard the previous three statements)
I’m really good at
making you a mixtape
traveling without an itinerary
fixing and assembling things
developing new gazpacho concoctions
reciting lines from woody allen films
deseeding pomegranates
The first things people usually notice about me
two furry four-legged friends by my side
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
books:
Les Chants de Maldoror, Temple of the Golden Pavilion, People's History, Nausea, The Stranger, No Exit, The Chomsky Reader, Johnny Got His Gun, Notes from Underground, All Men Are Mortal, Woman in the Dunes, The Iron Heel, No Longer Human, and various other misanthropic tales. currently reading Celine's Journey to the End of the Night.

music:
experimental, krautrock, no wave, yé-yé, 20th century minimalist, musique concrète, gamelan, throat singing, noise, (old) industrial, tape-loops, field recordings, and other drone-heavy and distorted tunes, early hiphop
examples:
Coil, Current 93, Nurse with Wound, Throbbing Gristle, Les Rallizes Dénudés, Suicide, Glenn Branca, Modern Lovers, Faust, Neu!, Fugs, Flower Travellin' Band, Fursaxa, Ash Ra Tempel, Sun Ra, Comus, Fela Kuti, Marc Almond, Chris & Cosey, CAN, Wipers, Sun City Girls, Pharoah Sanders, La Monte Young, Philip Glass, Terry Riley, Souls of Mischief, Brigitte Fontaine, Fushitsusha, Keiji Haino, William Basinski, Alice Coltrane, Lee Hazlewood, Lustmord, Moondog, Swans, Half Japanese, Träd Gräs & Stenar, finnish folk, Skullflower

my last.fm page

radio:
WFMU, This American Life, Hearing Voices

film:
Fanny and Alexander, Seventh Seal, Picnic at Hanging Rock, Vivre sa vie, Wings of Desire, 400 blows, 2001 : A Space Odyssey, Rashomon, Love and Death, Crimes and Misdemeanors, Mystery Train, Dead Man, The Holy Mountain, Stalker, Au Hasard Balthazar, La Planete Sauvage, Lucifer Rising, Scorpion Rising, Medea, Scenes from a Marriage, Breaking the Waves, Wicker Man

film directors:
Bergman, Jodorowsky, Allen, Ozu, Teshigahara, Kaurismäki, Pasolini, Jarmusch, Satyajit Ray, Varda, Tarkovsky, Ichikawa, Wenders, Akerman, Herzog, Kenneth Anger, Shūji Terayama

tv:
i don't have cable nor watch tv. however, here are some classics: Second City, Cosmos (original), Fishing with John, Louis Theroux, Peep Show, Twin Peaks, old Dick Cavett episodes, and anything Larry David related.

food:
lingonberries, lemon cucumbers, matcha, neapolitan and pizzas, bagels, pomegranates, avocados, borscht, and grandma's matzo ball soup.

weirdo characters:
the dadaists, the surrealists, aleister crowley, genesis p-orridge, klaus kinski, yukio mishima, alejandro jodorowsky, father yod, uncle boyd rice
The six things I could never do without
in no particular order:

1) dogs
2) records
3) film
4) coffee or tea

the rest are insignificant.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
being born in the wrong half of the 20th century

plan (a): finding an academic gig
plan (b): moving to copenhagen or bergen
plan (c): opening up a cat cafe if (a)-(b) are a no-go

lamenting the disappearance of old cinemas
On a typical Friday night I am
(applies to any day of the week) some combination of the following:

making music
seeing a film
listening to records
at a show
rearranging furniture
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
i value some semblance of privacy, but here are a few safe ones:

got kicked out of hebrew school
a prairie home companion is a guilty pleasure

pet peeves:
the phrase "work hard, play hard"
harmonicas and banjos
hashtags
TED talks
You should message me if
any of the below apply to you:
- you want to fight over which sections of the sunday nyt to read
- you can see yourself someday moving to northern europe; copenhagen, bergen, helsinki, or berlin come to mind.
- you are up for collecting field recordings
- you want to debate annie hall vs manhattan
- danish modern furniture is your thing
- you use oxford commas
- you are rose mcdowall, lydia lunch, or even the reincarnation of simone de beauvoir
- burning man is not a major part of your life
- you are a witch

joking aside, if any of the these sound fun, contact me:
- japanese gardens and other botanical gardens
- picnics in the woods
- farmers market explorations
- road trips
- getting dressed up and attending the SF opera and symphony
- nighttime bike rides in golden gate park
- dog walks
- roaming record shops [aquarius, stranded, amoeba]
- trading mixtapes

p.s, i try to respond to actual messages instead of likes. just write more than "hi", "hello", or "sup, yo". you could tell me all about your PhD thesis, your ikebana abilities, your mouse taxidermy collection, or anything unique only to you,
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