I curate exhibitions in a contemporary art gallery, where everyday I am surrounded by magnificent expressions of creativity that comment insightfully on the human condition. As for my own magnificent expression? I have an ever-expanding collection of rejection letters from the submissions desk of The New Yorker. I should probably take up decoupage.
- Pointing out interesting things as I'm walking down the street.
- Helping you think of that word that's on the tip of your tongue.
- Figuring out exactly what you should be doing with your life, while never EVER taking my own advice.
- Cooking delightful, pre-Latte Amanda Hesser-style meals.
- Sharing my nuanced music, movie, and literary preferences with people who are curious about those things.
Movies: The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant. Gossford Park. Lost in Translation. Everything by Jim Jarmusch. Almost everything by Wes Anderson. The moody/broody side of French cinema (my favorites being Eric Rohmer, François Ozon, Xavier Dolan [ed. note: he's Quebecois, but whatever.], and Jean-Pierre Jeunet). Bruce LaBruce's films always make me laugh. The Cremaster Cycle + Drawing Restraint 9. Every art documentary (I studied art history, with a focus in the musculature of Matthew Barney's torso).
Shows: I'm really bad at television. There is this awful trashfire show on Netflix that's like a Japanese version of MTV's Real World that I find oddly fascinating. For the wrong reasons.
Music: I like beachy, chill-out Brazilian tunes from the 60s, Southeast Asian pop music from the 70s, and psychedelic African guitar bands from the 80s. Basically, anything released on the Sublime Frequencies label, especially Omar Souleyman. I love Mulatu Astatke and those Schema Records Italian jazz samplers. I want to approach jazz from a more intellectual point of view, but I need a teacher - maybe you? Also, I really like Björk. And of course I listen to a lot of Pitchfork-approved indie bands, but it's difficult to talk about them without coming off as that obnoxious jerk who wants to whip out his playlist to compare who has more 8.0+
Food: All Southeast Asian food. Anything that borrows from the Western Sahara region or Morocco. If I can't travel someplace I'd like to, cooking from that place is the next best thing. And I deeply understand the impulse to connect what you eat and what you feel in a personal and convoluted way. It appeals to my passive-aggressive desire to communicate in symbolism rather than words.
- Interesting things to interpret
- Weekends off
- Summertime in Toledo
- Piles of good fiction
Also: I deeply resent that modern life requires me to drive and to wear shoes.
I do not have a British accent.