hopefully someday i will be the next Alton Brown, and the anti-Guy Fieri. what i mean by that is i want to learn everything i can about food. not just how it's cooked (although that's good too), but about the history of it, the cultural significance of it, and the sustainability of it. i want to learn about why these people eat this, but these other people eat that. i am fascinated by trends throughout history in food growth, preparation and consumption, and read about 15th century trade routes as much as molecular gastronomy.
i live in a converted school building with the mmmayhem cat and a revolving cast of artists, writers, photographers, models, designers, and other creative types.
i'm originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, which means i have some weird version of polite midwestern manners that makes me stick out in this pushy-ass town.
if we become friendly, i will probably offer to cook for you at some point. and i will offer you a drink served in a enormous glass pirate-skull mug. it's a thing to behold, and you'll never want to drink out of anything else ever again.
i like taking pictures of my friends, either with my DSLR (Nikon D600) or my Polaroid 660/Land Camera. if you want to see, i can show you where to look. same goes for my drawings. they're around too. some are safer for work than others, but i'm not exactly OSHA.
probably 90% of my clothes have been worn by someone else before me.
i am, however, contemplating going back to school. maybe for illustration, more likely for some kind of American Studies / Cultural Anthropology degree with a concentration on food. mmm, food.
also, i am regularly brushing my cat so he will stop horking up hairballs.
favorite books are probably:
The Abortion, An Historical Romance 1966, or A Confederate General From Big Sur, both by Richard Brautigan.
Love In The Time Of Cholera, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov
Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas, by Dr Hunter S. Thompson
A Trip To The Stars, by Nicholas Christopher
and while it's more a collection of self-published writings in book form, Burn Collector by Al Burian is probably tops on the all-time favorite list.
anything related to the Acme Novelty Library or Chris Ware.
also, anything about food history, food folklore and mythology, and/or food science.
not to mention collections of nice things to look at and consider, by Richard Avedon, Mary Ellen Mark, Robert Mapplethorpe, Minor White, Egon Schiele, Bill Waterson, Tony Millionaire, or Art Chantry.
favorite movies are, for the time being:
Clue, The Jerk, Charade, and Reservoir Dogs
favorite bands could take a lifetime to list, so i'll narrow it down to:
Born Against, The Jesus Lizard, Superchunk, Radiohead, Fugazi, TV On The Radio, Drive Like Jehu, The Mountain Goats, Mos Def, The Dresden Dolls, Neutral Milk Hotel, Shellac
and i love to eat, period. i'm failing in the strictness of my vegetarianism, though, thanks to sushi and Cincinnati-style chili.
some way of making an image - a pen, a camera, etc.
a gas range, a chef's knife, and a good thick pan.
the best way to get somewhere.
how i should be editing pictures instead of wasting time online.
most likely, i'm down the hall with one of my many similarly inclined neighbors. having many creative people all in the same building has done wonders for my social life.