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My self-summary

“We discover war only once, but we discover life several times.” - André Malraux

To begin again. I left a graduate program in literature, after five years, because I needed to get away from academia. So here I am.

At a certain point, I realized that I'm a picaresque hero. No matter what happens, I always seem to come out unscathed.

Increasingly at home in Bed Stuy.
What I’m doing with my life
Writing, making drinks and food.
I’m really good at
- cooking
- talking
- figuring things out
- expressing complex ideas in one sentence or less
- recommending books you haven't read and movies you haven't seen (unless you're my friend Ryan, in which case I'll never be able to surprise you with a rare find)
The first things people usually notice about me
That I'm taller than them (unless I'm in Sweden or Williamsburg, in which case, I'm the same height as them). Or the tattoo on my chest.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Writers: Bertolt Brecht, Peter Weiss, Louis Zukofsky, Gertrude Stein, Albertine Sarrazin
Lately, I've actually been reading a lot of contemporary fiction, by people my age or slightly older who write about love, sex, desire, self-reflection: Chris Kraus, Sheila Heti, Ben Lerner
Directors: Jean-Luc Godard (I like the new stuff), Chantal Ackermann
Films by other directors: Sans soleil (Chris Marker), It Felt Like a Kiss (Adam Curtis), Modern Times (Charlie Chaplin), Harlan County, U.S.A. (Barbara Kopple)
Musicians/composers (for now): Iannis Xenakis, Györgi Lígeti, Shabazz Palaces, Björk, Santigold, David Bowie, The Knife, Bach, Glenn Gould, James Blake
Add a few to the music category: Austra, Zola Jesus, Jacaszek, Frank Ocean
Favorite vegetable: toss-up between bak choy and tomato (I know, you don't need to tell me; but it tastes like a vegetable and functions nutritionally more like a vegetable, not a fruit, so I'm going to count it)
Six things I could never do without
- Dissonance (in some kind of relation to harmony)
- Images (still or moving)
- Food and water
- Other people
- My little brother (the 25 year-old brother, not the 8 year-old brother)
- Bicycle
I spend a lot of time thinking about
- Art and politics (their relation to one another)
- Ecology
- Interpersonal dynamics
- Aesthetic form

-Why some people have the same facial expression in every single photo. This borders on modern tragedy for me. It sometimes brings tears to my eyes.
On a typical Friday night I am
Out with friends, talking or dancing or seeing a movie.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I care if your opinions are your own or just received ideas. I will politely agree with clichés, but will be cringing on the inside.

I think I got Björk sick by serving her food with gluten.
You should message me if
You're fun, intelligent, open. Don't bother if you're racist or homophobic - I promise we won't get along.

And contact me if you know who Peter Weiss is.

And if you can introduce me to a tiger, a leopard, or an owl. Seriously. I'd love to meet one.

Don't contact me if Ayn Rand is on your favorite books list. But you probably won't anyway, so I won't worry about that one.

Preferably, you weren't worried about the Mayan apocalypse, but I'll forgive you if you were.
The two of us