33Pittsburgh, United States
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My self-summary
I worship at the altars of beauty and genius, of all kinds.

When I cook, I will often use a recipe as a foundation then make alterations and embellishments "to taste." I would like to think the same is true of the kind of life I try to lead--but sadly, there is often too much recipe, and not enough opportunity for improvisation. I'm trying, though--I'm trying to live life more "to taste." (Does it get easier, I wonder, with more cooks in the kitchen?)
What I’m doing with my life
Traveling without moving--it's all relative, you know
I’m really good at
Probing, piercing, dissecting--sometimes literally, usually not
The first things people usually notice about me
The out of control hair, when there; when not, the sometimes strange things I wear
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
8 1/2, 12 Monkeys, Adele, Aesop Rock, Amadeus, Arrested Development, As I Lay Dying, Astor Piazzolla, asparagus, Atonement, avocados, Bach, Bajofondo, baklava, Barry Lyndon, Barton Fink, Beatles, Beck, Beethoven, beets, the Big Lebowski, Bjork, Black Swan, Blood Meridian, blood sausage, Bob Dylan, Borges' Ficciones, bossa nova, the Bourne trilogy, Brad Mehldau, breakfast cereal, Breathless, the Brothers Karamazov, butternut squash, Candide, cassoulet, Catch-22, Charles Mingus, Charlie Chaplin flicks, Charlie Rose, Chinatown, Chopin, Clue, coconut, Common, cottage cheese, the Count of Monte Cristo, crab, crepes, Daft Punk, dates, the Dark Knight trilogy, Days of Heaven, Dead Souls, Diplo, the Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Don Quixote, Downton Abbey, Dr. Strangelove, duck, Duck Soup, edamame, Ed Wood, eggplant, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Everything is Illuminated, falafel, Family Guy, Feist, fig, Fiona Apple, foie gras, the Game, Glenn Gould, gnocchi, the Godfather, Gogol Bordello, Gosford Park, grapefruit, Gravity's Rainbow, Groundhog Day, la Haine, honeycrisp apples, hummus, In Bruges, In the Mood for Love, Indian curries, the inner organs of beasts and fowl, the Invention of Morel, Invisible Man, J Dilla, Jackie Brown, jambalaya, jazz, Jeff Buckley, Jeni's ice cream, John Coltrane, Justice, Kanye, Korean BBQ, Life of Brian, lobster rolls, Lolita, lox, macadamias, macarons, macaroons, Macklemore, the Magus, the Man Who Was Thursday, mango, Manhattan, Marc-Andre Hamelin, the Master, the Master and Margarita, Memento, Midnight in Paris, Midnight's Children, Minority Report, Moby Dick, mole, molecular gastronomy, Money, Mos Def, moules-frites, Mozart, Mumbo Jumbo, Muse, the New World, the New York Trilogy, Nightmares on Wax, Notorious, Nouvelle Vague, Office Space, One Hundred Years of Solitude, Paco de Lucia, Pale Fire, pancakes, papaya, peanuts, pecan pie, pineapple, pistachios, poached eggs, the Prestige, Pretty Lights, pulled pork, Pulp Fiction, pumpkin, quiche, Radiohead, Raging Bull, Ran, Ratatouille, ratatouille, red grapes, Regina Spektor, risotto, RJD2, the Roots, root vegetables, the Royal Tenenbaums, Schubert, Serge Gainsbourg, Shadows and Fog, sharp cheeses, shawarma, the Shawshank Redemption, Sherlock, the Shining, Silver Linings Playbook, spinach, Spirited Away, the Stranger, sweetbread, sweet potatoes, Synecdoche New York, Talib Kweli, tapioca, taro, Thai, There Will Be Blood, the Third Man, tofu, Tom Waits, truffles, Ulysses, venison, Vertigo, Wall-E, the Weeknd.

I may be missing some things.
Six things I could never do without
Music, friends, the epicurean and/or pretentious (see above abridged list), creativity, dance, and those smaller details that would otherwise have escaped unnoticed had you not been looking for them
I spend a lot of time thinking about
the nature of things
On a typical Friday night I am
engaging in social discourse, at work or play, under the influence of some endorphin or intoxicant--and rarely, sleeping
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I own a lot of shoes.
You should message me if
your cup runneth over with coolness--stories, thoughts, skills, experiences, feelings--and are feeling generous with your surplus. I would be indebted.
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