I spent my formative years going between El Salvador, Los Angeles and Sacramento. I told my parents I would never go back to El Salvador when I turned 18. Here I am at 33, and I have yet to go back since I turned 18. I was born in Los Angeles, and spent time living in various parts: Inglewood, Crenshaw, Van Nuys, Reseda. I moved to Sacramento when I was 13 after my father had already moved here. I was living with my mom and it was great. I was a terror at school, and one day a teacher called to complain about me while my dad was visiting us in Los Angeles. The teacher had called while I went to take a shower. When I got out of the shower my parents made me pack my things and move.
I don't know how to swim. I can't see out of my right eye. My senior quote from high school was: "Trying is the first step towards failure", it's a Simpsons quote. I have been in two comas. I didn't know how to speak English until the 2nd grade. I don't know how to cook at all. I hate drinking water.
I also read a lot of psychoanalytic theory: Lacan, Zizek, Freud and Kristeva...etc
Gender and race theory as well: Butler, Spivak, Bhabha, Hooks.
Somewhere in there is Derrida.
Movies: A Woman Under The Influence, Killing of a Chinese Bookie, Strozek, Gummo, Breaking the Waves, Dogville, Dogtooth, Dumb and Dumber, The Jerk, American Movie, Paris is Burning, Crumb...
Shows: Peep Show, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Simpsons, I Survived...
Music: Leonard Cohen, rap, metal, soul, pop...really, most anything.
Food: Burritos, Sandwiches, Pizza. I don't really care. I like most foods, but I don't really like anything of the Chinese takeout variety, but even then I'm pretty open.
I wrote a song that a semi-popular and very good band has covered. And recently this same band has released a single using another one of my songs as the template, I was mentioned in Rolling Stone. Feather in my cap, I suppose.
I lost my virginity at 13.