I come originally from a small British island off the coast of France (extra points if you know what American State has been named after it!) but left as a teenager to live in a lot of other places including London, Paris, Hamburg...... Its been a great journey and I've learned a lot along the way. I love and am fascinated by our ability to transform things, be it anything at all; our selves, ideas raw materials.... cooking even! -for the better of course, though just as instructive when it's not, in that you can learn what to avoid! It's our greatest capacity in interacting with our surroundings and one another and is the life force of everything we do.
I also have an unlikely knack for being able to toss small objects into receptacles from surprising distances! ....have never quite figured out how to capitalize on this and have ended up with way too many stuffed toys at carnivals -if only they had decent prizes... But if your life depended on it, I'd be the right guy to have around!
(Don't worry, I don't feel the need to do it all the time, or at all even. Just something I can do).
Otherwise I just finished Ayaan Hirsi Ali's, From Islam to America and some short stories by David Sedaris. I have a great love of visual books, especially photography and art. Collecting them and viewing them is a sort of meditation.
I love film and film theory and have made a couple of short things myself. Wenders, Chaplin, Tarkovsky, Lean, Morris, Swankmajer, Vadim, Truffaut, Jean-Pierre Jeunet..... to name a bunch. I love the sublime and the ridiculous and enjoy something thats made in a way that completes itself!
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A bust of William Blake