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My self-summary
I don’t match my look.

People are usually surprised by my personality. I don’t know why I don’t smile in pictures. I’m in an air of charisma, charm and humor most of the time.

As deeply as I think about things, I'm pretty funny and light-hearted. Most people I know think I’m positive and encouraging. Given my propensity toward critical thought about the world, this makes me a bit of a dichotomy.

My life is designed to allow for as much articulation through music and writing as is possible.
Career-wise, I’m an Educational Mercenary.

MFA - Creative Writing

Things like loyalty, trust, honesty and authenticity are kind of good. Why these are such elusive qualities baffles me.

I see beauty, as well as atrocity, in almost everything.
I like grit and clarity, open minds with sharp focus, individualism in community.
Something real, whichever direction it goes.

Like most artists, I “paint” because of how I’d LIKE to see the world, or how I see the world SHOULD be, not because of how it actually is.
What I’m doing with my life
Playing in two Bands
Making Art
I’m really good at
...finding a thousand avenues with which to explore creativity -- Music, photography, film, Magic, working on a documentary, mapping out a screenplay. Next week, who knows!

Understanding people

Thinking too much

Shooting Pool and Playing Cards

The first things people usually notice about me
Honestly? Probably tattoos. Or hair. Or hats. My smile face, if we're in the process of communicating.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I like 90s shit. Alternative metal, grunge, rock and roll.
NIN, Deftones, The Smashing Pumpkins, Metallica, Guns ‘n’ Roses, Marilyn Manson, Calabrese, The Murder City Devils, Credence Clearwater Revival, Nirvana, Stone Temple Pilots, White Zombie/Rob Zombie, L7, Social Distortion/Mike Ness, The Ramones, Depeche Mode, The Phantom Rockers, Nekromantix, Queens of the Stone Age, Johnny Cash, John Lee Hooker.

Classic Literature
Utopian/Dystopian Fiction

East of Eden (or anything Steinbeck)
J.M. Coetzee (Waiting for the Barbarians, Disgrace)

Nabokov, Flannery O'Connor, Faulkner, Vonnegut, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Edgar Allan Poe, Transcendentalism, Kerouac, Nietzsche, Upton Sinclair

One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, The Fountainhead, 1984 Brave New World, Fahrenheit 451, The Alchemist, Eats, Shoots and Leaves, House of Leaves

Natural Born Killers, 12 Monkeys, Taxi Driver, Blade Runner
City of Lost Children, Pi, Equilibrium, The Coen Brothers, Nosferatu, Night of the Living Dead (the original. Such a profound ending!)
True Blood
Breaking Bad
Ren and Stimpy
Arrested development
Evil Dead
Tim Burton, Tarantino, Oliver Stone, David Lynch
Old Horror
Six things I could never do without
The idea of Justice (particularly social justice)
Art, Music and books
Lucille (GT Mustang)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Songs or stories I'm writing
The world
Human Nature, Fate, Love, Capitalism, beaurocracy.
On a typical Friday night I am
Trying to get my OkC username changed (I didn't know that shit would be permanent!)
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I'm really picky about pens.
I don't own a television (and haven't for most of my adult life).
You should message me if
you value real interactions.
you like conversation.
you think authenticity--however brief, however deep--is important.

You're open-minded
The two of us