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My self-summary
I'm a writer, & I used to study the brain.

Lived in Paris for a while in college and in Okayama and Kyoto, Japan for three years after. Love the lit, film & graphic novels of both countries.

I've worked as a teacher, translator, dream researcher, brain imager, house painter, and park maintenance tech. Never burned any corpses, but worked with a guy who did, at the hospital.
What I’m doing with my life
Freelance writing for the Atlantic, the Washington Post, Fast Company, Nautilus, GQ, etc. & occasionally for documentaries. Mostly about the brain, madness & creativity.

Writing. Reporting. Reading. Exploring. Traveling whenever I can.
I’m really good at
The first things people usually notice about me
I'm enthusiastic. Too curious to act aloof.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Writers: Faulkner, Woolf, John Barth, Haruki Murakami, David Foster Wallace, Jonathan Franzen, Nabokov, Kundera, Frank O'Hara, Mishima, Kerouac, Ginsberg, Camus. I also love to read history-- e.g. Japanese-American history by John Dower; American Revolutionary history by Joseph Ellis and David McCullough-- and science writing by folks like Oliver Sacks & Atul Gawande.

Music: Billie Holiday. Conor Oberst. folk singers Paul Curreri, Dave Van Ronk, and Devon Sproule. Charlie Parker, Thelonius Monk, Coltrane, Mingus, Ellington, and The Bad Plus. The Flaming Lips, Why?, The Magnetic Fields, Bright Eyes, Smog, Modest Mouse, Elliot Smith, and Weezer. Moody top-40 music, like Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, Tove Lo, and old country music, like Hank Williams.

Movies: dramas, smart comedies, and psychological thrillers. love auteur filmmakers like Woodie Allen, Francois Truffaut, Wang Kar Wai and Pedro Almodovar, also lighter comedies like Judd Apatow's. classic thrillers like Silence Of The Lambs, and old film noir. 1950s movies-- e.g. All About Eve; Sunset Boulevard; The Apartment-- and I have a soft spot for courtroom dramas-- everything from Otto Preminger's "Anatomy of a Murder" with Jimmy Stuart to "A Few Good Men" with Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholas. Documentaries, too, especially true crime & science & history.

Tv: Girls, Breaking Bad, The Sopranos, The Wire, Arrested Development, and Six Feet Under; or sometimes documentaries. Oh, and I also love Community & 30 Rock, & Freaks & Geeks is probably my favorite non-cable series ever. I like How I Met Your Mother, too, because I like Jason Segel, and anybody else from that original F&G cast.
The six things I could never do without
1. Outdoor places to run or go hiking.
2. Books
3. Travel
4. Serotonin in the synapse
5. iPhone calendar to keep my life straight
6. imagination & ambition
I spend a lot of time thinking about
the brain, why we dream, how to write words that move people
On a typical Friday night I am
out with friends.