1. I'm currently working on my PhD in English (focusing on 20th century American fiction) so I spend a lot of time reading, writing, and thinking about literature. I'm currently working on my dissertation (I took my exams last fall).
2. I've lived in many different places-- Oakland, California; Boulder, Colorado; Austin, Texas; Winston-Salem, North Carolina; now Tallahassee, Florida.
3. When I'm not thinking about literature, I'm usually thinking about music or movies or TV (well, probably just Mad Men) or some other piece of popular culture. I also enjoy talking to and listening to people, hearing about what they like or where they came from. I also love talking about the aforementioned culture (literature, music, movies, TV) as well as the occasional political discussion.
4. I am, to some degree, what one might call a "clothes horse," in that I like clothes and I take pride in my style and how I look. Sartorial splendor is definitely something I strive for.
5. I have an extreme interest in the culture and aesthetics of the 1950s into the early-to-mid 1960s. Mad Men, the Beat Generation, tiki culture, 50s and 60s doo-wop, the way people dressed (I take many stylistic cues from how people dressed then), other literature from that time... I love it all (a friend of mine once remarked that the town I grew up in felt like it was stuck in the 1950s in many ways, so I think that's where all this comes from).
I also work as a DJ on Saturday nights at Waterworks, playing alternative 80s music (stuff like The Smiths, The Cure, New Order, Depeche Mode, and bands like that).
Top 5 Favorite Authors: Jack Kerouac, Ernest Hemingway, Walker Percy, Flannery O'Connor, Philip Roth
Top 5 Favorite Poets: Allen Ginsberg, John Berryman, Sylvia Plath, Wallace Stevens, Frank O'Hara
Top 5 Favorite Movies: The Godfather, Goodfellas, Taxi Driver, Mean Streets, Blue Velvet
Top 5 Favorite TV Shows: Mad Men, Hannibal, The Sopranos, House of Cards, The West Wing
Top 5 Favorite Bands/Artists: Bruce Springsteen, U2, Elvis Costello, Bob Dylan, Big Star
Top 5 Contemporary Bands/Artists: The Hold Steady, Mikal Cronin, Wilco, The National, The Tallest Man on Earth
2.) My computer
3.) My books
4.) My clothes