I tend to talk in stories, which is how this happened. I collect them. Whether they are stories where I am the protagonist, or stories friends have told me, or stories that random people have told, or stories I overheard while sitting on a bench somewhere reading. Then I tell them to people. Sometimes when we are face to face and other times when they are reading.
By night, I try to be a writer. Some weeks that goes better than others.
When I am not engaging in my job that pays me or my job that doesn't pay me, I tend to sit on my porch with my roommates and friends and cook food and tell stories.
Cooking and baking bread. I am really into the idea of what food says about a person/community/culture and I am fascinated by the ways that different things come together to create a whole dish. I also think that it says a lot about humans that communion over dinner has been in nearly every culture since the beginning of time. I love to cook a meal for a big group of people so that we can all sit down and tell our stories.
Also, I apparently have a very distinct walk. I had a friend in college who could identify me halfway across campus just by the way I was walking.
Prose-ists: John Green, Faulkner, Vonnegut, Lovecraft, King, Jonathan Safran Foer, John Green, J.K. Rowling, Gogol, Bulgagov, Fitzgerald.
Podcasts: Rude Alchemy, Welcome to Night Vale, Stuff You Should Know, The Moth.
Music: Neutral Milk Hotel, Andrew Jackson Jihad, The Decemberists, The Flaming Lips, The Mountain Goats, The Arcade Fire, Defiance Ohio, Bright Eyes, Death Cab for Cutie, The Hold Steady, Mumford and Sons, The Violent Femmes, Old Crow Medicine Show, The Pixies, Tom Waits, mewithoutYou, The Psalters, Sufjan Stevens, Band of Horses, Johny Cash, Hank Williams Sr., Hank3 (fuck Hank Jr.), Steve Earle, Elvis Presley, Elvis Costello, Breathe Owl Breathe, Modest Mouse, The Shins, The Clash, NOFX, Rancid Streetlight Manifesto, X, Joy Division, The Cure, The Smiths, The Replacements, Jay-Z, The Fugees, Lauren Hill, Aesop Rock, The Roots. (How predictable right?)
Television: Twin Peaks, How I Met Your Mother, Monk, Weeds, Californication, Big Bang Theory, Rosanne, Firefly, Doctor Who.
Movies: Star Wars, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Wristcutters: A Love Story, Stranger than Fiction, Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium, Annie Hall, Midnight in Paris, Hannah and Her Sisters, Whatever Works, Garden State, The Waking Life, Dead Poets Society, Liberal Arts, Moonrise Kingdom, To Rome With Love, The Grand Budapest Hotel.
Food: I am not a picky eater. I try to cook as much at home as possible. I'm a big fan of Indian, Thai, and Mexican. They are my big three. But I can make a mean chicken (or tofu *shhh don't tell the South*) and dumplings and many other Southern staples. My grandfather was born and died in Delaware and had very vehement feelings about slippery dumplings versus drop dumplings, so I was born into Southern cooking.
2. Paper and a pen (this is technically cheating, but the two are so interconnected to separate them seems wrong)
3. Music (whether it is in the form of mp3s, records, or some bar band playing while I drink... life needs a soundtrack)
5. Grass (greatest symbol ever, re-read Leaves of Grass if you don't believe me)
6. Stories (see, I skipped 4 to make up for 2)
I am currently working on organizing my home library. The categories go as such:
1. Modern Fiction (1900-Present)
2. Classic Fiction (Pre-1900)
4. Young Adult/Kids Books
7. Science Fiction/Fantasy
8. Old Books (like the books themselves are old)
Yes, I am a nerd.
Finally, I have spent far more time thinking about a zombie escape plan than a grown man probably should. However, in light of the last 6 months, I'm thinking that may not have been such a bad thing.
You are okay with the fact that I talk in stories.
You'd like to offer me notes on my short stories or know how to end them, because that is always nice.
You live in or around Media, PA and are looking for new friends who throw killer parties one night, then spend the next sitting on a deck or porch or veranda talking about books and stuff.