Quiet but opinionated, principled but open-minded, grounded in reality but prone to flights of fancy and heady idealism, a little hardheaded but soft on the inside. Believer in process and the pleasures of slow, analytical thinking. Deeply skeptical of the rhetoric of efficiency and techno-idealism.
I'm in an open relationship with a wonderful human being: RainHailSnowIce. He's my primary partner. Thus, I'm here to meet folks for more casual fun, both individually and in other arrangements. That's not to say I don't want to connect with other humans on a genuine level, but I'm also not looking for serious commitment.
This profile is rather wordy, not because I'm looking for someone who likes or agrees with everything put forth here, but because I'm a poor editor of my own words and get excited about a lot of things.
Generally, wearing many hats. Formerly, I helped found a non-profit that addresses the intersection of food, education, and material culture. I studied art history in college, which meant I spent a lot of time reading and writing about the fraught history (and present) of urban renewal, postwar architecture and design, and institutional politics. I've also spent time working in kitchens and gardens, because I enjoy working with my hands as much as my brain. I'm a generalist and can't imagine devoting my entire life or career to just one job, interest, or specialty.
I lived in Japan for two years but would like to live abroad again or take time to travel extensively at some point. Other things I might like to do for a living: become a travel writer, own a guesthouse on a remote Japanese island, sift through dusty archival documents and photos.
Oh, and I take quite a few photos: www.flickr.com/eeems
Visual: Man on Wire, Dog Day Afternoon, Serpico, Sans Soleil, Jiro Dreams of Sushi, most Ozu films. Brutalist architecture washed in late winter afternoon light, subway maps and signage, Toshio Shibata's photographs.
Aural: Eclectic taste tending toward most things electronic. Lately Francis Bebey, John Adams, Henri Texier, Colleen, Plaid. Always: Rei Harakami, Four Tet, Ametsub, Benoît Pioulard, Unwound, GY!BE, most anything on Kranky and 12k. Rocksteady and classic ska, in more nostalgic moments.
Edibles: almost anything. Especially: handmade soba, croissants and other buttery/flaky things, umeboshi, pomegranate molasses, browned butter, tiny strawberries, bitter greens, lotsa hops, as much cardamom as possible, pickled daikon, pizza (both high and low).
This essay: http://www.thebaffler.com/salvos/of-flying-cars-and-the-declining-rate-of-profit
Minimalist living / making do with small spaces / tiny houses.
Family, where "home" actually is, and how to create a sense of belonging and cultivate community regardless of where I live.
What to cook / eat for breakfast / lunch / dinner / every other occasion. New uses for yuzu koshō. The mystery of how to achieve proper ratios of dashi : shōyu : mirin : sake.
- You're wickedly smart but not a jerk about it. Weird is good, too.
- You'd like to go on a wandering walk or exploratory bike ride (and are comfortable with not using your phone to navigate).
- You're willing to forgive delays in communication. I'll try to respond promptly, but there is life to be lived offline.