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What I’m doing with my life
Apparently starting this profile.
I’m really good at
Reading, kissing, constructing blanket forts, making curry and pico de gallo (not usually at the same time), knowing the words to songs (unfortunately this includes songs I really despise), drinking whiskey, seeing the best in most people and situations... I can also make a pretty spot on pig noise. Yes, I am sort of proud of this useless talent. And I have excellent penmanship. Like, truly stellar.
The first things people usually notice about me
Eyes. A very cliche response, but when they are as big as mine are, you hear about them a lot. I'll work on coming up with something more clever.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Brautigan, Fitzgerald, Rumi, Dostoevsky, Neruda, Whitman, Anais Nin, Jonathan Safran Foer, Diane DiPrima, Poe, Tom Brown, Bradbury, Bell Hooks, Oscar Wilde, Bukowski, Orwell, Bolano, Nicole Krauss, Vonnegut, Murakami, T.S. Eliot, Kundera, Eugenides, Audre Lorde, Steinbeck, Dave Eggers, Inga Muscio, John Irving, Hemingway, Nick Hornby, Erin Morgenstern, H.P. Lovecraft, Neil Gaiman, Camus, Margaret Atwood, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Roald Dahl, Mark Z. Danielewski, Borges, Carl Sagan, Annie Proulx, Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Michelle Tea, Hesse, Paulo Coelho, David Foster Wallace, Lawrence Ferlenghetti, Flannery O'Connor, Miranda July, Mark Twain, Richard Siken...

Been reading a lot of hockey related books lately. The Game by Ken Dryden was fantastic. Just started reading The Rebel League (about the WHA) and Between the Pipes (because goalies).

Graphic novels: Anything in the Bat family - Batman, Robin, Nightwing, etc. Watchmen, Identity Crisis, Fables, Saga. Might be getting into some Captain America stuff lately, on accident...


Movies: Jeux L'enfants, Inception, The Motorcycle Diaries, Goon, most Batman related things, Do Comeco Ao Fim, Attack the Block, Inglorious Basterds, Slap Shot, Take Shelter, High Fidelity, Lawless, Serenity, Brick, LOTR, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, Basquiat, Girl on the Bridge, The Journey of Natty Gann, Amelie, Cool Hand Luke, Breakfast At Tiffany's, The Science of Sleep, The Royal Tennenbaums, Dead Poet's Society, Wristcutters, Miracle, Midnight In Paris, Griff the Invisible, The Battered Bastards of Baseball, Lucky Number Slevin... All things Star Trek. Documentaries. Old silent films with Charlie Chaplin, Louise Brooks, Buster Keaton, Greta Garbo, etc.

Music: Tom Waits, Blonde Redhead, Refused, Drive Like Jehu, Lucero, Lightbearer, Billie Holiday, Des Ark, Murder City Devils, God Is an Astronaut, Frank Ocean, Bon Iver, Frank Sinatra, Slint, Woody Guthrie, Heartless Bastards, Neurosis, Dead Man's Bones, The National, Kendrick Lamar, Godspeed, Beach House, St. Vincent, Pinback, Graveyard, Gaslight Anthem, Jeremy Enigk, Lykke Li, Fanfare Ciocarlia, The Knife, The Tallest Man On Earth, CocoRosie, Graves At Sea, Miles Davis, Queen, Red Fang, Yann Tiersen, Mogwai, Gaslight Anthem, A Hawk and a Hacksaw, Beirut, Hans Zimmer, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Patti Smith, James Blake, Josephine Baker, Cocteau Twins, Shovels and Rope, The Cure, The Black Heart Procession, Fugazi, Edith Piaf, Cat Power, Clara Rockmore, Neutral Milk Hotel, Rocket From the Crypt, Ella Fitzgerald, Chance the Rapper...

Food: Indian, Thai, sushi, Vietnamese, southern food... Sweet potatoes. Avocados, artichokes, asparagus... I guess vegetables that start with the letter 'A'? Pumpkin anything.

Edit: I just looked it up, and apparently botanically the avocado is classified as a large berry. Please do forgive the misinformation above.

Beer. Wine: red, Whiskey: neat, Coffee: black (or Vivace lattes in Seattle, because that foam is made from pure magic, I swear it is).

Where do podcasts go in this place? Radiolab, the Ricky Gervais Show, This American Life, The Moth, NY Mag's Sex Lives, Biscuits, Puck Soup, Lingthusiasm, 99% Invisible, Girl Friday, The Steve Dangle Podcast...

So that people will stop asking, yes, I do like some tv. Star Trek (TOS and TNG), Misfits, Freaks and Geeks, Cosmos, Bob's Burgers, Twin Peaks, Firefly, Adventure Time, Parks and Rec., Happy Endings, Arrested Development, In the Flesh, Bored to Death, X-Files, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Rick and Morty, Broad City... HBO's Road to the Winter Classic series. HOCKEY. From October through early June it's honestly mostly just hockey games.
Six things I could never do without
Smell - Campfires, sawdust, books (the 1965 copy of A Moveable Feast is my favorite smelling book that I own), fresh rosemary and lavender, coffee. Petrichor. My mom's perfume.

Touch - Kisses, sex, the obvious. Clean sheets/bare legs combo. Getting my hands dirty... paint, pumpkin guts, motor oil, mud...

Sound - Train horns, tent zippers, real belly laughs, white noise to sleep at night, thunderstorms. Music, obviously. Sing-a-longs with friends.

Sight - I think sometimes I make too much eye contact with strangers around me and it makes them uncomfortable. The art of Egon Schiele, Dustin Nguyen, Duane Michals, Gustav Klimt, Danny Lyon, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Ivan Aivazovsky, Edward Gorey, Jacques Henri Lartigue, Max Ernst, Caravaggio... I'm suddenly a little disappointed with myself that there are no women on this list. It is by no means comprehensive, but I am tired now and just want to be done with this.

Taste - Coffee, fresh nectarines from the fruit stand. Salt... skin, tears, the ocean. Tequila with oranges and cinnamon. Dark chocolate with sea salt. Habaneros and wasabi, I like things that burn.

Ummmm... I really want a dog to wrestle and cuddle with, maybe that for number six. Or a body of water to spend time in/on. Forts, maps, road trips, dusk in summertime, dusty cowboy boots, red lipstick, bouquets of peonies, handwritten letters, the moon, my record player, my typewriters, a porch and a cold beer in the heat, wool socks and giant quilts when it's cold, swing sets, ellipses...

Thinking about changing this to "Hendrick’s gin; tonic; lime; ice cubes; a tumbler; my typewriter." Just because that McSweeney's thing on Raymond Carver starting an okcupid profile was pretty great. Message me if you know about that.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
The Voyager space probe Golden Records.
How much I really need to get some kind of book published someday.
Double entendres.
Pheromones and the science behind attraction and love.
Why it is that I am still incapable of whistling.
The past. I'm a very sentimental, nostalgic person.
Gender identities, race, privilege, intersectional feminism, sexual politics, patriarchy, anthropology, neuroscience, poetry, travel, permaculture, intentional communities, the ocean, the forest, what book to read next, what record to buy next, what recipe to try next, what place to go camping next, pathology, epidemiology, cats.... pretty much just the normal stuff people think about.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I really just want Morgan Freeman to read me bedtime stories.

I have fairly irrational fears of blowing up balloons, popping champagne corks, and dark bathrooms.
The two of us