Struggling ex-student, working on finishing first academic (small) book and also in the midst of researching my thesis for graduate studies. Deeply into Marxist economics (I'm a socialist, not a communist), innovation & technology studies (and the American tech industry in general), inequality, all within the history of the U.S. since WW2. Love to discuss any and all subject matter to do with socially conscious movements.
I am kinda shy and socially anxious at times (burying myself in books hasn't helped, haha). I currently spend most of my time on my studies or reading good lit, but would like to change this and become more social.
I also love nature and landscape photography, and like to be physically active whenever possible (biking the city is a favourite pass time of mine, as well as hiking in the woods). Despite being a bookworm, I keep myself in shape.
Looking for someone to join me in whatever, maybe a rally or discussion group, or attending university speeches, or volunteering for a good cause, or just plain old hanging out. I spend too much time thinking about serious shit, and would love to meet someone who could help me have some fun :)
As I have oodles of student debt (and likely more to come!) , I have very limited funds, so hoping to meet someone in similar circumstances.
Anything by Steinbeck, John Irving, Jack Kerouac, Hemingway, Robertson Davies, Nick Hornby, the naked and the dead, Summerset Maugham, The Fountainhead, Lolita, Ironweed, Seawolf, The House of Mirth, Tobacco Road, Sophie's Choice, Brave New World-Revisited. I attempted to read Ulysses but I'm not smart enough to understand what the hell Joyce was talking about.
Non-fiction: *****Life Inc.*****, Deep Economy, Eaarth, Wondering Home, Into The Wild, Cradle to Cradle, Empire of Illusion, The Shock Doctrine, The Sacred Balance, The Value of Nothing, Welcome to the Urban Revolution, Guns, Germs, and Steel, Better Off, bio's of Charles Darwin and Leonardo DaVinci, Shakey (Neil Young bio) stuff by Jane Jacobs and Richard Florida and a bunch of others.
movies: lots of foreign flicks, docs, and really well made drama's and comedies mostly. And disney's night at the movies, beasts of the southern wild, jiro dreams of sushi, searching for sugarman, star wars, indiana jones, the king's speech, black swan, city of god, the graduate, a river runs through it, rushmore (pretty much all Wes Anderson films), lost in translation (or anything with Bill Murray), away we go, almost famous, lord of the rings, fantasia, the lives of others, volver, the prophet, trainspotting, amores perros, y tu mama tambien, the edukators, goodbye lenin, the secret in their eyes, lock stock & two smoking barrels, amelie, son of rambo, life is beautiful, revanche, high fidelity, flight of the navigator, pulp fiction, american beauty, american history x, the departed, eternal sunshine of the spotless mind, pan's labrynth, an education, million dollar baby, into the wild, scent of a woman, scarface, the italian, etc.
T.V.: TRUE DETECTIVE!!!! Game of Thrones, Misfits (UK), Boardwalk Empire, Community, Mad Men, Arrested Development, Seinfeld, The Office (UK & US), Brotherhood, The Chappelle Show, The Sops, Weeds, PBS, National Geographic channel, Oasis channel, doc's doc's and more doc's.
MUSIC: Sixto Rodriguez! Have you seen the Searching for Sugarman doc yet? SEE IT :) Iron & Wine, my morning jacket, jesse woods, bon iver, Tallest Man On Earth, Belle & Sebastian, Elliott Smith, Paul Simon (Simon&Garfunkel), The Shins, RHCP, NEIL YOUNG, Led Zeppelin, Coldplay, Bob Dylan, A.C. Newman, mostly old rock and some alternative. Nick Drake, Nirvana, Sloan, The Beatles, Arcade Fire, I Mother Earth, Our Lady Peace, Dave Mathews, Mathew Good, David Bowie, Feist, Fleetwood Mac, Steve Miller Band, Joel Plaskett, Black Sabbath, Ben Harper, CCR, DALA, Jets To Brazil, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, Eddie Vedder, The Rolling Stones, The Lumineers. I'm trying to branch out and listen to more non main-stream bands.
podcasts: This American Life, Serial, Startup, The Sunday Edition, Vinyl Cafe, TVO's Big Ideas, Ideas from CBC Radio, Strangers,
Favourite artists: Andrew Wyeth, Diego Rivera, Alphonse Mucha, Sargeant,
Thai food rules me along with Vietnemese. Japanese whenever the finances will permit the indulgence. Palestinian, Indian, and all the others I've yet to try.
Living deep within a forest, in the mountains near an ocean, but also near a train that can take me into the city.
Moving to Europe (Scandinavia hopefully).
Living in a Winnebago, crisscrossing Europe or the Southwest, writing and photographing the landscape.
You strive to be a good person (recycling, social justice advocate, help old ladies across the street, etc.)
You must love kittens (let's face it, if you don't love kittens we both know you're a monster. I'm not gonna judge, just crawl back into your cave and we'll just forget this ever happened...