Things I like: independent music, urban planning, long-term budget travel, sarcasm, Egon Schiele, architecture, craft beer, learning, design, furniture, New York City, the color gray, contemporary art, 20th century western history, mass-transit, playing in bands with friends, the West Wing, bookstores, Robert Rauchenberg, and Oxford commas. I grew up in the woods of the Rocky Mountains, but I'm increasingly a city person.
Things I don't like: social conservatives, homophobes, "superfluous quotation marks," excessive internet slang, and people with insufficient curiosity.
I'm an INFP personality type, if such things interest you.
I love to travel. In 2006-2007 I went on a 14-month solo trip through Asia and Europe. I've been lucky enough to travel to 58 countries so far in my life, from Myanmar to Mozambique, Switzerland to Saudi Arabia, and many places in between. Most recently, I went to North Korea and Cuba, because I'm on a cold war kick.
I wrote about North Korea here, if you're curious:
I've been on a strong non-fiction streak lately, but here are some of my all-time favorites:
zeitoun by dave eggers
the art of travel by alain de botton
the geography of bliss by eric weiner
the wind up bird chronicle by haruki murakami
cloud atlas by david mitchell
nothing to envy by barbara demick
the architecture of happiness by alain de botton
middlesex by jeffrey eugenides
on beauty by zadie smith
it is beautiful, then gone by martin venezky
you shall know our velocity by dave eggers
guns, germs, & steel by jared diamond
catcher in the rye by jd salinger
the lives of others, star wars, the big lebowski, talk to her, lost in translation
the west wing, the wire, breaking bad, Silicon Valley, unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and basically any show about travel or cooking
roderick on the line, planet money, the talk show, accidental tech podcast, startup, serial, 99% invisible, reply all, exponent, and econ talk.
animal collective, battles, beauty pill, beirut, billie holliday, black eyes, bon iver, cap'n jazz, dismemberment plan, foals, girl talk, godspeed! you black emperor, john coltrane, la dispute, make believe, modest mouse, owls, q and not u, subtle, why, the weakerthans... plus a lot more.
Also, I like Tegan & Sara so much I am almost certainly a lesbian.
Sushi, frilly brunches, and Taco Bell. I've recently started to cook Blue Apron meals 3x per week after a long stint of hardly ever cooking.
The various internets
And... just in case the crazies haven't been weeded out at this point, I wouldn't recommend sending me a message if:
a. You like horses more than just about anything.
b. Nickelback doesn't make you throw up a little bit in your mouth.
c. You worship god on a regular basis.
d. Your favorite book is The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield.
e. You think that lol is an acceptable replacement for a sentence's period.
f. You have literally no interests. I'm stunned at how many people out there are apparently not curious or fascinated by anything.
g.You think every word ending in 's' is deserving of an apostrophe.
h. You spell the word "oops" as "opps." I can't do it, I'm sorry.
i. All of the above. You know who you are, 40% of okcupid.