40 Dublin, Ireland
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My self-summary
I'm a mellow sort, something of a curious wanderer. I value the little things and the simple experiences of living but still think plenty about the bigger things too. As happy singing silly songs as having deep chats...
What I’m doing with my life
Working in community development, running a little human rights group, writing, playing music & finding downtime with friends, family & self.
I’m really good at
Finding distractions (though I’m getting better at using them wisely)
Playing Psycho Killer on the ukulele.
I’ve been told I give good hugs.
I’m brilliant at picking out a misplaced apostrophe...
The first things people usually notice about me
is for them to say and you to notice. I’ve never asked.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
BOOKS: I've a bad habit of buying far more books than I can read. I've been reading Irish writing a lot lately. Sara Baume's "Spill, Simmer, Falter, Wither" is the most beautiful thing I've read in a long time. Close second is "A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing" by Eimear McBride - stunning & jarring & utterly brilliant. Also love John Steinbeck, Albert Camus and Richard Brautigan. Non-fiction, I like journalism and good travel writing like Laurie Lee & Patrick Leigh Fermor. Just finished Rebecca Solnit's "Wanderlust" which is something I think I'll keep close at hand for years to come.

MOVIES: Used to be a bit of movie buff but it's fallen by the wayside. Haven't seen much lately. Last year, I loved Birdman & Boyhood. A Korean film called Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring floored me (& I've just noticed it's kinda got the same title as the Sara Baume book). Oh, and Jaws is about as perfect a film as has ever been made.

SHOWS: I don’t watch much TV, but I got sucked into Fargo, Breaking Bad, Mad Men, The Killing, The Wire & Arrested Development. Northern Exposure is still my favourite, though. And I never get sick of QI.

MUSIC should have heart & soul. And blood, sweat & tears. And if there’s any room left, a little bit of brains. I like acoustic stuff like Joe Pug, Townes van Zandt, Gillian Welch, Bonnie Prince Billy & folky Bruce. Don’t listen to as much rock as I used to, though I'll never say no to Pearl Jam, Pixies, Sleater-Kinney, X, Ramones or Tom Waits (whatever box you want to try and put him in). When I'm writing or reading, I need mellow music without words.

FOOD: I’m veggie, but other than a serious aversion to mushrooms, I’m not picky. Like Indian, Italian, Mexican. I make great chilli, do a fine goat’s cheese salad and I'm a little too fond of sweet potato.
The six things I could never do without
I’ve gotten quite good at learning to live with little. So long as I have health, love and affection, something to read, something to write with, something to make music with and easy access to nature, then I’m good.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Whatever comes to mind. What I’ve done or what to do next. Ethics, aesthetics and how to live well. State of the world, my place in it & what to have for dinner. Stuff that matters and stuff that doesn't.
On a typical Friday night I am
open to suggestion. Pub, gig, movie, quiet night in? Depends on what's on, who's around, how I feel, what the weather's doing. So... nothing particularly typical.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
wouldn't be private if I admitted it here.
You should message me if
you think we'd make a good team.