This means I have something in common with you.
Also I'm originally from Portland.
I live with another grad students, someone's grandmother (not mine) and a couple of pets.
Math and Science. (Especially Chemistry)
Having curly hair.
Simple. Declarative. Statements. I'm not actually joking here.
Being bad at giving directions.
I read Little, Big a few years ago. If you remember the feeling you got as a child watching the leaves fall in the autumn in front of your house, getting soaked by rain, or driving to the coast past rusting farmhouses overgrown with weeds and the silhouettes of trees seen in the twilight.. That's the kind of like the nostalgic feeling I got when I finally finished reading Little, Big.
I like books or stories that need rereading to finish or understand (The Book of the New Sun, Borges), or on the opposite side, books that you read in one intense late-night session (The Haunting of Hill House, The Stranger, Atonement).
I'm not a fan of dividing literary fiction from genre.
It's not an exaggeration to say that there are a few non-fiction books I read in High School that have changed my life. I read The Selfish Gene because my Biology teacher refused to teach evolution. It's been said that evolution is the organizing principle of biology, and that nothing in biology makes sense except in light of evolution. This book exposed me to this beautiful and simple idea at the heart of biology.
Phantoms in the Brain gave me the idea that I should pursue Neuroscience. If you've read anything by Oliver Sacks, Malcolm Gladwell, or Jonah Lehrer, you really owe it to yourself to read this. As of now, I'm not a Neuroscientist, but I have a degree in Psychology and Biochemistry because of this book and the cross-over between these two fields within Neuroscience.
I like to watch movies at night, because I think that the essential weirdness comes more to the foreground. Movies I've liked include: A Fish Called Wanda (weird, darkly humorous), Being There (also weird, also darkly humorous), The Exorcist,
Almost anything by Billy Wilder, Stop Making Sense (really, David Byrne has an indescribably weird energy), Almost everything by Kurosawa, 'Most everything by Studio Ghibli / Hayao Miyazaki as well, Up / Most things by Pixar, Grizzly Man (weird) and No Country for Old Men (incredibly, irredeemably dark) and most other Coen Brother's movies.
As far as TV programmes, I'm watching Twin Peaks right now and I like stuff that's weird. I don't follow a lot of shows, but when I do, I watch them in big chunks. I like Louie, bizarre sketch comedy (Kids in the Hall, Mr. Show), Arrested Development and I have a love/hate relationship with stuff that's dark for dark's sake, like Dexter, Luther, or Law and Order:SVU. Cinema in the 70s went through a very dark, push lots of boundaries phase. I think TV has been in a similar sort of situation since 2000 or so, maybe starting with The Sopranos. There's a lot of amazing stuff out there, I know I'm going to love Breaking Bad when I watch it, but I have to wonder what's going on societally to produce all these great shows that are so very dark.
My tastes in music are pretty ordinary, but I love listening to music. I learn about bands mostly from "best of" lists. Here's a list of albums I've liked:
- In Rainbows by Radiohead
- I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One by Yo La Tengo
- New Adventures in Hi-Fi by R.E.M.
- Physical Graffiti by Zeppelin
- Twin Cinema by New Pornographers
- Blacklisted by Neko Case
- Whatever by Aimee Mann
- Selected Ambient Music by Aphex Twin
- Holiday by The Magnetic Fields
- Remain in Light by The Talking Heads
- Maxinquaye by Tricky
- Portishead by Portishead
- The Goldberg Variations by Glenn Gould
- Trans-Europe Express by Kraftwerk
- Dreaming Through the Noise by Vienna Teng
- The Soft Bulletin by Flaming Lips
- Purple Haze by Hendrix
- Yellow House by Grizzly Bear
- When the Pawn.. by Fiona Apple
- The Suburbs by Arcade Fire
I'm open to eat anywhere and like to try new places. There are a few restaurants I'd recommend to anyone in Portland, though.
- Pambiche (Cuban) for their delicious cuban stewed meats and cuban sandwiches, happy hour plates (fried stuff like empanadas, croquettes and smaller versions of their dinner menu) and fancy desserts.
- Rimsky-Korsakoffee House for the coffee-house atmosphere, even more amazing desserts, and occasional live classical music.
- Little Big Burger, which is the Portland answer to In-N-Out burger.
- Ken's Artisan Pizza, for the seasonal vegetable platter, wood-fired pizza crust, and desserts.
- Nicholas restaurant, for large, inexpensive portions of great Lebanese/Mediterranean food. If you eat much of their wood-fired pita with your meal, you'll go home full, happy and with lunch for tomorrow even.
- How reckless it is to pull stuff out of the oven without oven mitts.
- Running for Congress
- Songs that I can get stuck in your head by mentioning them here.
You thought my profile was silly.
You think my screenname should instead be "ceci n'est pas un nom,"
You don't what that means, but you'd like to get some good noms, regardless.