I've been a freelance artist for the last ten years, so naturally, I wait tables to actually pay my bills. I have two arms, two legs and one head.
On a certain brisk Saturday evening in the fall of 2011 I was riding my new bicycle home from work. I was in a serene and pleasant mood because I'd had a lucrative night and, as I said, I was riding my new bicycle. Everybody likes new things. Then, quite unexpectedly, a very inattentive driver broke me and my new bicycle. Along with the frame and a few spokes, one of the aforementioned arms and aforementioned legs were also broken. Now I have metal where I once had bones. Kinda like Wolverine.
I have many monotonous, yet creatively fulfilling pursuits, like painting murals and doing crossword puzzles. I once finished a New York Times crossword in under 4 minutes (full disclosure: it was a Monday). I once provided the voice for a puppet having a freestyle rap battle in a movie musical about Magic the Gathering (seriously). I once spent 3 months hitchhiking through Southeast Asia and Japan. I was voted "Best All-Around Boy" in both 7th and 8th grade. I enjoy listening to and performing spoken word ( I've represented Atlanta at the National Poetry Slam for the last 8 years). I enjoy craft beer, good grammar, and intense table tennis games, sometimes all at the same time. World travel at least once every 2 years is essential. Minimalist (I can easily and comfortably live out of a backpack). I'm fairly introverted and tend to go into hermit-mode for long periods of time. Perhaps its a zen thing. I don't like small talk or smug people. I wish I was a better beat-boxer.
-Books- Haruki Murakami (Wind-up Bird Chronicle is my jam)
David Mitchell (I can't believe someone had the ambition and audacity to make a movie out of Cloud Atlas)
Brad Warner (punk rock, Japanese monster movies, and zen buddhism. How can you go wrong?)
Pico Iyer (travel writing at it's finest)
Alan Watts' Way of Zen and Suzuki's Zen Mind Beginners Mind absolutely changed my life (really).
Dave Eggers, David Sedaris, Michael Cunningham
-Poetry- Bukowski, Neruda, Buddy Wakefield, Gypsee Yo, Ken Arkind, Franny Choi, Anis Mojgani (bonus points if you've heard of more than two of them)
-Movies- Baraka and Samsara are phenomenal (Ron Fricke)
As hipster as it seems, I like the Coen brothers and Wes Anderson. Modern Japanese cinema is ridiculous (really, most things Japanese are ridiculous, hence my love for all things Nippon). Recently watched Kumare and was inspired and awed. Social experiment meets performance art.
-Shows- Anthony Bourdain is a pimp and has the best job in the world ("So you want me to travel the planet, eat myself stupid, drink, smoke and curse, and you're gonna pay me for it? Hmmm... ok.)
Top Chef- I don't eat meat and don't really get a lot out of cooking, but I love Top Chef. I think its the competitive and artistic aspects of it. Its like a poetry slam with food.
-Music- Too much to list, but a few choice cuts: Deerhoof, MF Doom, Pinback, Q and not U, Aesop Rock, Run The Jewels, CocoRosie, tuneyards, Marnie Stern, Secret Chiefs 3, Ruins, Koenjihyakkei, Mike Patton, El-P, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, Jeff Buckley, Melt Banana, Antipop Consortium, Busdriver, Hella, Don Caballero.
-Comedians- Hannibal Burress, Tom Segura, Maria Bamford.