No, as a matter of fact, I'm NOT down to earth. I'm an ambitious, accomplished weirdo. I want to live life my way, with no compromise, and it's hard to do that without working hard and planning. But I'm learning to relax and live in the moment, too. I'm a writer, which I've applied to an academic career and writing about music, and now I'm finally getting around to writing a novel. Aesthetics are important to me - I'm fascinated by the beauty of the mysterious, abstract, horrific, transgressive, and grotesque. I help run an art gallery and I'm also a musician, a little bit.
I moved to Tampa from Tokyo, where I've lived for about four years altogether. I speak Japanese and I'm professionally committed to studying Japan, but by God am I glad to be back in the U.S.A. Believe it or not, it's actually a happier place.
I'm politically radical, and very interested in politics, but I haven't had time for much activism for the past few months.
I've been taking Meyers-Briggs tests a bit lately, and the type that comes out most often is ENTJ, a.k.a. 'The Field Marshall'. That sounds really scary, but it mostly means I'm an outgoing leader and problem solver who's interested in seeing other people be the best they can be. That can seem aggressive or negative to some people, but I'm working on making sure I sound as supportive as I intent to be.
For work, I'm a philosopher/sociologist and college teacher. But I'm increasingly disillusioned with higher education as a career and I'm developing some exit strategies - specifically, by writing potboiler zombie novels and teaching yoga.
After a lifetime spent with my nose in books, I'm trying to spend more time learning to understand people. I just really want to meet as many interesting people as possible, and maybe get them all talking to each other.
I can do a full handstand.
My friends think I'm a great musician, but I'm skeptical.
I'm good at a lot of other things, too, but listing more of them would make me sound like a) a self-important asshole and, in many cases, b) a perv.
I'm tall and in pretty good shape, and some people seem to respond to that.
Books: William S. Burroughs, Jeff Vandermeer, Jorge Luis Borges, Kafka, H.P. Lovecraft, Samuel R. Delaney, Ishmael Reed, Iceberg Slim
Graphic Novels: I've been on a big weird-comics kick lately. I'm a huge fan of Jesse Moynihan's Forming (Google it!), C.F.'s POWR MSTRS, a variety of crazy-ass Japanese horror manga, Charles Burns, Chris Ware, KRAZY KAT, Moebius
Music: Psychic TV, Burial, Wu-Tang Clan, Grouper, Holy Other, Emeralds, Peaking Lights, Kieth Fullerton Whitman, Hawkwind
Movies: Alejandro Jodorowsky, Elias Merhej, The Brothers Quay, Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino,
Food: Mexican, Indian, Thai, anything hot, really.
Shows: Mostly just to kill time. 30 Rock is my not-too-guilty pleasure.
Food in significant quantities
A plan for conquest
I believe the chances are good that if you don't use and endorse the Oxford comma, you are a traitor and Communist in thought, deed, or spirit.
I'm mostly just looking to meet new people. I love the people in the Bay so far, so I know there are some cool ones out there.