kvarela
28 Ridgewood, United States
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My self-summary
Pissed off, empathetic, brown man lookin' to mess shit up. From tropical climate - somehow surviving NYC weather.
What I’m doing with my life
I used to work with folks doing deportation defense.

Now I'm in law school.
I’m really good at
Listening to people spill their stories / Caring about people's stories / Making breakfast / Talking shit about patriarchy, capitalism, sexism, racism, U.S. foreign policy, fascists, neoliberals, etc. / Writing poetry I don't let anyone read / (Procrastinating from) Law school (this one isn't really important) / Petting my cats / Squealing when I see dogs / Applying nail polish / Being an uncle
The first things people usually notice about me
My curly hair - when it's not frizzing / How I don't look my age / How I keep the existential dread at bay
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I read way more nonfiction than fiction. I'm trying to be better about this.

Recent favorites are:
Milk and Honey
This Bridge Called my Back
Popol Vuh
The House on Mango Street
Las venas abiertas de America Latina
Borderlands / La Frontera
The Book of Laughter and Forgetting
Revolutionary Suicide
In the Time of the Butterflies

Bomba Estereo, Kendrick Lamar, Las Cafeteras, Downtown Boys, Ana Tijoux, Gil Scott-Heron, Cafe Tacuba, Thievery Corporation, Le Tigre, Calle 13, Frank Ocean, Chance the Rapper, Screaming Females, Gepe, Bonobo, SBTRKT, Stromae, Sleater-Kinney, old school salsa and merengue (Celia forgive me for not being able to salsa) and trashy pop music on occasion --

I will literally yell and run onto any dance floor when Gente de Zona comes on. Sorry not sorry.

Food? Yes.

The Battle of Algiers, Science of Sleep, Tambien la Lluvia, El Laberinto del Fauno, Mala Educacion, The Fifth Element, Amelie
The six things I could never do without
A book in my bag
Water bottle
Sunlight
My bike. NOTE: Bike was recently murdered. Yay.
Stars
Flor de caña
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Dogs and how to get away with stealing them.
Whether bodega cats are being properly paid for their labor.
Societal collapse and existential dread.
Pizza.
Where is there decent dancing without a shitty crowd of people?
Tacos.
How the good parts of Florida are going to be underwater.
Hiking through the jungle in Capurgana.
On a typical Friday night I am
Finding ways to avoid studying.

Going to my friends' homes, because that doesn't happen enough for young folks/transplants/gentrifiers in NYC.

Dancing, or trying to find somewhere to dance.

Asking you what you're doing.
You should message me if
You want to tear shit down together.
You want to engage in ethical non-monogamous relationships (friendly intimacy, romantic intimacy, winging it, etc.)
You want to eat tacos together.
You want to teach me a craft.
You want me to bore you with social justice lawyering jargon.
You want to go make racists, sexists, transmisogynists, misogynists, capitalists feel uncomfortable.

or if you just want to tell me stories. I love stories.

All "hey, what's up" messages and their variants, "hey, how are you doing?" will be promptly deleted.
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