I’m an irreverent jokester with a penchant for getting mixed up in comic situations, both intentionally and accidentally. Case in point: once when I was pulled over, I confessed to insignificant things I did when I was ten years old under the heat of interrogation.
I am always out of the loop when it comes to pop culture, and instead have pursued a life in search of the strange, remote, unfamiliar, and avant-garde.
I believe that there is honesty in absurdity, that the grotesque can be alluring, that there is drama in our stillest of moments.
For me, the greatest thing art can achieve is neither the beautiful, nor the sublime, but the exuberant: a wild and ecstatic sense of energy that comes about when an artist is not afraid to take chances and boldly commits him-or-herself to a radical vision, even in a sociopolitical environment that often seems wholly unsuited for such a venture. Are you in?
I also have been working overnight condo security for the time being just to help pay the bills. I don't plan on doing that forever!
I also have a secondary background as a creative writer. I have been yearning to keep up with that more! I just started submitting my writing again after a bit of a hiatus.
For the curious, here are a few of my band name ideas:
1-Slartibartfast and the Casual Encounters
2- Lydia Deetz Got a C
3- Bride of Kong
Gunter Grass, William Blake, Shakespeare, Kurt Vonnegut, Nietzsche,
Philipe K. Dick, E.E. Cummings, Wallace Stephens, Ferlinghetti, Lorine Niedecker, Henrik Ibsen.
Noir and neo-noir (especially Chinatown), Being John Malkovich, Pulp Fiction, Annie Hall, Waking Life, Groundhog Day, Swimming With Sharks, Butterfield 8, most things by Fellini or the Coen Brothers, and French movies (The Girl on a Bridge, Holy Motors, etc). For "kids" movies, Dark Crystal, Secret of NIMH, and Spirited Away.
Music: Currently I'm on a huge Lole y Manuel kick. Some of the composers that had the greatest influence on me are Radulescu, Ligeti, La Monte Young, Scodanibbio, Stockhausen, Aperghis, Xenakis, Lachenmann, Bach, Satie, and Chopin. I love music of other cultures, especially the traditional polyphonic singing of the pygmies of Cameroon. A few other interests: Glen Velez, Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson, Joanna Newsom, Sun Ra, Captain Beefheart, Ennio Morricone.
Manga/ Anime: Death Note and Toriko are my two favorites, but I also follow the “Big Three” (ie Bleach, Naruto, One Piece) even though they often frustrate me. If you don't know Toriko, it's a manga about food where people can become more and more powerful by eating tastier and tastier foods (no joke), and it's amazing!
Shows: Game of Thrones, Dexter, Futurama, Home Movies (the show), Venture Brothers, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, 30 Rock, and I just started watching Breaking Bad on Netflix.
Food: Locally speaking, on a normal day I’d go with India Palace, Quang’s, Camdi’s, or Pizza Luce. I love the food in New Orleans, even though I’m not really into seafood. I love the beignets at Café de Monde! If washing it down with hot cocoa is wrong, then I don’t want to be right.
Quotes: "Be obsequious, purple, and clairvoyant" - Steve Martin.
Hobbies: Writing, aikido, math, philosophy
2- Thinking/ ideas/ philosophy.
3- Tasty virgin drinks. Rhubarb basil soda is kind of awesome! Mango lassi. Expensive root beers. Strawberry limeade with crushed ice. You get the idea.
4- The polyphonic yodeling of the Mbenga pygmies.
5- Beeswax (or rosin). I coat my instruments with it so I can produce long tones by rubbing them. It's kind of like the parlor trick of rubbing a wet finger on the rim of a wine glass, except using membranes like frame drums or tongue drums.
6- Laughter/ comedy
You will rarely find me at a bar. I'm open to new ideas!
Nonetheless, the most embarrassing moment in my life was being in the theater during the "Beautiful Boy" song in Mr. Holland's Opus. It was an otherwise decent movie, but that scene made me cover my face to make sure no one knew I was there to witness it. "Beautiful beautiful beautiful beautiful . . . Cole."