I returned from Korea in Dec, 2011, where I'd been teaching English to Elementary school students for the past two years. Before I went there, I thought I didn't like children. I've since decided that I don't like American children. (Longstanding thesis, yet to be disproven: children meet most clinical criteria for sociopathology. We just forgive them because they're cute.) But, less cynically, I loved my job, I loved my kids, and I think teaching is fun.
I studied philosophy (20th century Continental if you care.) I like reading. I also like fun things. I consider conversation and argument fun things. Drinking too. Those last three things work particularly well together, except when they don't.
Also, sometime when I wasn't looking, my ineptitude with social media transformed from a badge of honor to a career liability. I really don't like that about our world, right now.
I'm also very good at argument. Not winning arguments, but having productive, good-natured and satisfying arguments. I am not friends with people who only agree with me.
I read a lot in that general clique: Pynchon, DeLillo, Letham, Chabon, Franzen, etc. If you like them, please message me books I should read.
Barton Fink, Night of the Living Dead, A Serious Man, Spirited Away, Fistfull of Dollars, Yojimbo, Vertigo, Silence of the Lambs, Dr. Strangelove, The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly, The Passenger, The Great Silence, Stalker, The Wild Bunch, Wall-E
The only movies that are worth seeing in theater these days (other than the Coens' films, of course) are kids movies. Discuss.
Wilco, Pavement, Bob Dylan, Broken Social Scene, Credence, Nine Inch Nails, Radiohead, Neutral Milk Hotel, Willie Nelson
I was an enthusiastic pescatarian before moving to Korea. My reasons were always unrelated to the taste of meat, which is undeniably delicious. However, the Korean diet is, like, 97% pork belly, so I stopped. I'm finding it difficult to go back. I will, soon. I promise.