37Berkeley, United States
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My self-summary
Indie-rock and alt-country in roughly equal proportions. Love singing karaoke--not a great singer but I compensate with enthusiasm. Like guide books and maps, and wandering just a little away from both. Love French films and American football (and futbol to boot), traveling through history, finding a mystery, going to MOMA, staying at HOME-a. Undaunted by near rhymes or near earth objects.
What I’m doing with my life
Writing and editing at a conservation nonprofit; working on my novel; planning a hike.
I’m really good at
... slinging one-liners (zing!).
... singing two or three rock-solid karaoke songs.
... cooking four or five edible dishes.
... dishing seventy or eighty useless bits of trivia.
... listening.
... irresponsible wordplay.
The first things people usually notice about me
The nobility of my mien?
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Favorites change depending on the moment and the mood. But here are the most influential books, bands, movies in my life (so far, and so far as I can remember).

Island of the Blue Dolphins, The Westing Game, The Great Gatsby, The Importance of Living (Lin Yutang), Box of Matches (Nicholson Baker)

The Magnetic Fields' 69 Love Songs, Dylan's Blood on the Tracks, Belle and Sebastian's If You're Feeling Sinister, Wilco's Summerteeth, Springsteen's Born to Run

After Life, The Truman Show, Lost in Translation, The Big Lebowski, Dan in Real Life

Umbrellas, bridges, skyscapes, and surrealism. Genius, generosity, genuineness. Handclaps, banjos, ringing 12-string guitars. The sound of hockey, the texture of mochi, and the way home smells. Finding a new way of seeing with my camera. Fried chicken. Burritos. Raisin Nut Bran.
Six things I could never do without
In random order:

Loved ones
Creative people and their creations
Dreams of the next trail
I spend a lot of time thinking about
...the essential composition of a happy and fulfilled life. That, and what to make for dinner.
On a typical Friday night I am
... trying to slap a softball inside the third base line.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I'm left-handed?
You should message me if
... you appreciate unnecessary alliteration and the necessity of puns.
The two of us