highfivecactus
26 Brooklyn, United States
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My self-summary
I'm a writer and a teacher.
I write fiction (short stories and novels, hopefully somewhat funny ones) and I teach creative writing as well as various levels of composition.
I grew up in New York and have moved around for the past several years.
What I’m doing with my life
I write stories, draw comics, play music, and teach. I've just finished the first draft of a novel and I'll be revising that for at least a year.

Currently fascinated by the founders of America and the nation's original ideals. I follow the wisdom of John Adams as much as possible.

I also watch a lot of animation and am embarking on a critical work about narrative and characterization in the cartoon medium.
I’m really good at
I'm getting better at writing lyrics! It only took me eight and a half years!
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
BOOKS I read constantly. My favorite authors are JD Salinger, Tove Jansson, and Shakespeare. Recently started Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf, and it seems like it's going to become a new obsession.
I like that Haruki Murakami quite a bit.
A Confederacy of Dunces
I'm currently reading Moby Dick, The Tenth of December, The Two Towers, and The Ice Storm, among others. Clair Vaye Watkins' Battleborn was incredible. Book recommendations are always welcome.

MOVIES
Beetlejuice
Casablanca
Jaws
Dr. Strangelove

SHOWS
The Simpsons
Arrested Development
Twin Peaks
Slings and Arrows

MUSIC
I'm open-minded to any genre. There's a time and a place for everything.
A lot of punk and jazz.
Jonathan Richman, They Might Be Giants, or The Clash are essentials.
I've been collecting classical and musical theater records recently. And golden age rock & roll. Like the Oneders.

FOOD
All food, pretty much. Coconut curry and falafel is a decent start. Beer and coffee are important, too.
The six things I could never do without
This one always stumps me, so: 6+5:

Vernon Dursley
The Magic Conch Shell
The underground tunnels running below Chinatown
Dracula's Castle
An eight-bit version of Dracula's castle
The Owl-Eyed Man from Gatsby's library
Voice Actors
A sound soul
Everybody Loves Raymond the Musical
An extensive library of books and records
About a million billion pens and pencils (I'm trying really hard to get better at drawing)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Fictional characters
Writing
The American Revolution

A brief, rarely-updated, overview of aesthetic, interests, and humor can be found here:
http://ottercanyon.tumblr.com/
On a typical Friday night I am
Seeking out live music.
Or at home with a movie or a book.
You should message me if
You know lots about Virginia Woolf. I'm about to finish Dalloway and I want to read all her stuff now.

You want to talk about artistic endeavors.

This online-meeting concept is new to me. I'm happy to have a conversation about almost anything, but literature, music, theater, or absurd humor is a good place to start.

You want to visit some art museums.

If we hit it off, I'd love company for coffee or drinks.

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