I've been rather reluctant to enter into the 21st Century. Ideal
milieu would be sitting in my study writing a letter, on paper, to
a friend. (Step 1: Acquire a study, Step 2: Acquire friends.) An
introvert, I tend to be cerebral though not necessarily logical. I
value "vertical experience" -- depth and mindful of events and
incidents, not merely the sheer number of activities. I value
empathy, compassion, maturity, intimacy, affection, sensitivity,
humor, curiosity, the ability to contextualize, and the ability to
I'm usually willing and able to do or try most things. I can be an
inattentive driver, and prefer walking to steering. I will try and
follow a train of thought as long as possible, and if I should
reach the end of the hallway I'll simply turn around and walk that
idea/image back down to the other end. Though not a gloomy fellow I
have been able to maintain, thus far, a stable balance between
spontaneous dancing and existential despair. Cuddling helps.
I am intelligent, self-conscious, and wondering.
What I’m doing with my life
Working for a used bookstore the past fifteen years.
Soul work/gettin' back to the root metaphor (in the Jungian sense).
I’m really good at
Living inside my head.
The first things people usually notice about me
Maybe that I'm looking off to the middle-distance, which seems to
be my default expression, as if considering something or someone.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I am a hopeless cinephile, and spend a good deal of time watching and reading about movies. My longitude/latitude of film scholarship are Robin Wood and David Bordwell, the crossroad being where Form and Meaning intersect. My aesthetic wonderland of choice would be the 1970s. Some faves: Chantal Akerman, Sidney Lumet, Ingmar Bergman, Chris Marker, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, David Cronenberg, Steven Spielberg, Hal Ashby, Robert Altman, Michelangelo Antonioni, Michael Cimino, Andrew Bujalski, Richard Linklater
Favorite reads: The Melancholy Of Resistance (Krasznahorkai), Immortality (Kundera), Re-Visioning Psychology (Hillman), Hollywood: From Vietnam To Reagan (Wood), The Cement Garden (McEwan), Dreams Of Chaos, Visions Of Order (Peterson), The Inner World of Trauma (Kalsched), The Last Temptation Of Christ (Kazantzakis), plus Gatsby and Slaughterhouse-Five
Musically, I seem to have tuned out once Michael McDonald left The Doobie Brothers so, yes, I'm mostly stuck in the 70s and 80s: Stevie Wonder, Sir Hall & Sir Oates, Joy Division, Blondie, Steely Dan, Electric Light Orchestra, Barry Gibb, Paul Simon, Echo & his Bunnymen, REM, The Smiths, Fleetwood Mac, Public Enemy, John Denver, ABBA, Tangerine Dream, Paul Williams, Giorgio Moroder...and Sam Cooke.
And I'm always on the lookout for a sushi buddy!
The six things I could never do without
1. close readings
3. cherry licorice
4. The Criterion Collection
5. my eyeglasses
I spend a lot of time thinking about
*Exile. (The feeling/act, not the band.)
*How repellent and lazy contemporary movie poster design has
*Taking an uninflected concept, framework or image and placing it
over another...then watching the fireworks.
*Combining my love of Elliot Gould with my fixation on men's facial
hair into one grandiose fetishism.
*Empty buildings. (Space designed for many yet occupied by
*A canopy of clouds, a touch of frost.
*How to get my butt in gear.
On a typical Friday night I am
Maker's Mark, mates and/or movies.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I can listen to "Never My Love" by The Association 38 times in a
You should message me if
There is an image, concept, dynamic, or archetype that really
resonates with you. It gets inside you, feels electric, sad,
nostalgic...makes your eyes go wide and your heart swim backwards.