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.
Thinking too much
Shooting Pool and Playing Cards
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.
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!)
Ren and Stimpy
Tim Burton, Tarantino, Oliver Stone, David Lynch
Art, Music and books
Lucille (GT Mustang)
Human Nature, Fate, Love, Capitalism, beaurocracy.
I don't own a television (and haven't for most of my adult life).
you like conversation.
you think authenticity--however brief, however deep--is important.