There were some other pit stops but they weren't nearly as complicated.
I'm more of a Goofus than a Gallant, who likes to learn about trivia and interesting stories far more than big t Truth. I'm culturally voracious. I watch movies / television shows/basketball, read too many books / magazines (longform junkie)/ clay tablets, and listen to music because I am a human being in the 21st century. I like stuff.
I'm up for a beer and interesting conversation. I will be nice and, if the stars align and I'm really lucky, I might even be funny.
I moved across the country to go to grad school in library science. I was largely motivated by the fact that the my GRE scores were about to expire. I was also motivated by the movie Party Girl. Then I moved back across the country.
Oh also, sometimes people pay me to write about all kinds of stuff. An example of said stuff? I've written about the true story of the aftermath of The Great Escape for Wired magazine and a shocking amount on college basketball for websites, newspapers, and the odd radio station. It's definitely more a hobby than a career at this point in my life, but I enjoy the hell out of it.
(PROFILE NOTE: Sometimes I ask people what they think about my profile and they almost always say they don't like this and that I should take it out, but it's the only thing on here that I 100% like, so there.)
Books: Calvino, Borges, Pynchon, DFW, the usual stuff and all that jazz. I have a real soft spot for Icelandic sagas, Hamlet, Beowulf, and the Lattimore translation of the Odyssey.
Movies: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, Persona, Yojimbo, Network, Do the Right Thing, Junebug, and Jurassic Park. I like a lot of movies, which is an understatement.
Television: Deadwood is the best. Eastbound and Down, The Americans, Party Down, Parks and Recreation, Louie, Archer, Terriers, and Justified. The other stuff too.
Music: I went to a Jandek show and then spent the next 48 hours throwing up. It was awesome. I pledge allegiance to the Wu Tang Clan. My favorite songs are SOS by ABBA and Walking on Sunshine by Katrina and the Waves. It's just music and I like a lot of it.
Food: My last meal would probably be a cheeseburger with avocado slices and sweet potato fries. I like to put pistachios on my pizza with artichoke hearts. It changed my life.
Sometimes people add an extra section here for podcasts or graphic novels, so if you want to talk about My Brother, My Brother and Me or Laika, that would be just swell.
... you want to share your pizza.
... you are a pizza wizard.
... or if you want a reply. I am a replying machine. I will reply to your message like it's my job. I will ignore my actual job to do this, especially if you are some sort of pizza wizard.
(PROFILE NOTE: Somehow, "liking pizza" has become a cliche. I am aware of this and am open to suggestions on changing this blurb.)