Working for social justice, playing music, taking care of my houseplants. Trying to learn things and be a decent person.
I come from a small town on Lake Ontario, and have lived in New York State my entire life. When I was 2 years old, my (much older) brothers taught me how to sing "Goodbye Blue Skies." And when I was 15, we moved on to Social Distortion.
Snowstorms, thunderstorms, lakes, and wool blankets make me feel at home. And that's my life story.
I want to meet people who are alive. I want to hear you talk about something that you care about.
"Information is not knowledge, knowledge is not wisdom, wisdom is not truth, truth is not beauty, beauty is not love, love is not music. Music is the best." (FZ)
I love everything having to do with music. I play a few instruments, none too well, though I was once a trained as a classical singer. Seriously. I go through phases of practicing one thing or another, but right now I'm playing a good amount of guitar.
These are my favorites:
Music from all over the world. Township music, Eastern European folk and Balkan. In a second career I would have been a music anthropologist. Björk, Tom Waits, even Van Morrison with his band on a good night. Yo La Tengo, Rolling Stones, Wilco. Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, old time country and bluegrass. The Man Who Sold the World. Roomful of Teeth, Steve Reich, things of that nature... Most of what plays on New Sounds, actually. FZ
I try to balance fiction and non-fiction. This keeps my brain from devouring itself. I just re-read To Kill A Mockingbird, and I draw a lot of inspiration from Atticus Finch. I also recently went through a book of science fiction shorts selected by Ray Bradbury and Alfred Hitchcock. Other than that, a few of my favorites are Stoner, The Great Gatsby (hey, it's good), The Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, The Sun Also Rises, As I Lay Dying, and A Visit From the Goon Squad.
On a good night, you can find me in my kitchen, listening to the radio, and making something delicious. On an average night I am not this ambitious. No longer a vegetarian, I was raised as such, but a big fan of the vegetable kingdom. I worked as a cook at a restaurant in my hometown once, for a stint, so I can navigate a kitchen.
Movies: Her, There Will Be Blood, Man On Wire, O Brother, Y Tu Mamá También, The Pianist, East of Eden
Spending time outdoors, preferably by large bodies of water;
A musical instrument;
Airplanes to take me to other people and places;
For instance, we currently have no clue about:
(Update: we still haven't figured it out.)
If I'm out: Seeing some music or a film, a game, dinner, or getting drinks with some true pals. Maybe all of the above.
You don't mind that I am probably always working.