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My self-summary
As reductive as the idea of a self-summary is, in a effort to encompass certain truths about myself, here is a bite-sized paragraph that can hopefully bring about some sense of the whole. Sort of a self-analytical synecdoche...
I'd say I'm a thinker, meanderer, and foreigner in sensibility; leftist, humanist, and romantic realist in philosophy; on a never-ending quest to expand, refine, and hone my understanding of myself, the people around me, and the world we live in. Aspire to always have my heart be open to those little birds who are the secrets of living, as e.e. cummings would say.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm a filmmaker, writer, sound man, translator, and editor; constant imbiber of art and culture, frequent creator of music and food, and depending on seasonality, dabbler in baseball, soccer, and tennis.
Recently finished writing and directing my first feature film - which was one of the most taxing experiences of recent memory. Presently in the process of editing it.
I’m really good at
Making captions for New Yorker cartoons, negotiating trades in Settlers of Catan, culinary creativity, naming a Seinfeld episode based on two seconds of sound.
The first things people usually notice about me
Medusa-like hair and an inscrutable accent.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Ingmar Bergman and Liv Ullmann, Kieslowski's Dekalog, Salinger's shorts, Thelonious Monk's 'Round Midnight, Van Gogh's letters to Theo, the wisdom of Seinfeld, the poetry of Supreme Court opinions - from Ginsburg's sagaciousness to Scalia's vitriol, the moral complexity of the West Wing and The Wire, The Big Lebowski's embrace of life, Magritte's bowler hats, Proust's Madeleine cookies, Lou Reed's Berlin, Woody Allen's Manhattan, Rilke's Young Poet, Dvorak's New World, Donald Byrd's New Perspective, Leonard Cohen's Old Ideas, Nellie Mckay's versatility, Johannes Brahms' unrequited love for Clara Schumann, David Foster Wallace's essays, David Simon's approach to television, Kelly Reichardt's approach to film, Sun Ra's music and meditations on the universe, Cornell West's intellectual fire, Bareburger's veggie burger and fries (before they got big), a home-made pizza, David Lynch in all of his endeavors.
The six things I could never do without
(Besides the obvious...)
- Intellectual stimulation
- Emotional intensity
- Art in all its forms
- Political thought
- Philosophical ruminations
- A good baseball game
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Art, philosophy, politics, morality, language, love, sexuality, passion, weed-induced ars poetica - and whenever a few of those intersect in some configuration, all the better...
On a typical Friday night I am
At an IFC midnight screening, at a concert in Lincoln Center, out bowling, or home having a nice relaxing high session - exploring heart, mind, and deeper truths.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I put a great deal of stock into your artistic section.
You should message me if
Maybe one of the following:
-You find yourself far, far to the left of concensus on some issue.
-You see the beauty in baseball.
-You deem getting high and going to a museum a mighty fulfilling activity.
-You sought out another language.
-You're Laura Poitras or Kelly Reichardt.
But truly, if it be your will, it is mine as well...