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My self-summary
Likes: cephalopods; dancing; possibilities; snacks

Dislikes: those orange centipedes that can absolutely see you coming; old white dudes who are used to making the rules; hangnails
What I’m doing with my life
Living in West Philly, working full-time at PAFA, making artz at my new studio space in the Vox building--life is coming together! I moved here about a year ago, so I'm still kind of finding my footing, trying to make more art-community/ queer-community/ music scene friends. I feel like I made the right decision though. Philly is a really cool place.

I went to college in Boston and now most of the friends I made during school are scattered all around the country and I'm realizing how much effort it takes to maintain those friendships/ how difficult it can be to meet new people and cultivate new friendships without the given structural context of school. Maybe you're in a similar place? LET'S BE QUEER ART BUDDIES!

I'm also re-reading Infinite Jest. That's right. *re*-reading. I finished it, was like "uhhhmmmm nope. i don't think so," and immediately went back to the beginning. Which is so what DFW wanted me to do...But anyway, if you've read it, you know that it totally counts as a thing that I'm "doing with my life"
I’m really good at
being ridiculous; dancing (like nobody's watching); eating; throwing ingredients together to make something tasty; (over-)analyzing situations; being enthusiastic about nouns that I like (and various other parts of speech. linguistics: shit is crazy-fascinating)
The first things people usually notice about me
my tattoo (if it's's an octopus; it lives on my shoulder--do you get my username now?)

I like to dress to make myself feel good and powerful, and I get a lot of compliments on my fashion choices. I tend to rock femme-tastic dresses I find at Goodwill for 5 bucks and unique jewelry pieces that mostly used to be my grandmothers, or are wins from H&M.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Everything Is Illuminated; The Corrections; A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius; Running With Scissors; The Poisonwood Bible; The Walking Dead; The Elegance of the Hedgehog; The Sirens of Titan; Cat's Cradle; Just Kids; Middlesex; Art School (Propositions for the 21st Century).
Recently Read: The Diamond Age, Or A Young Lady's Illustrated Primer
Currently Reading: Wicked (re-reading); INFINITE JEST (re-reading); Museum Highlights: The Writings of Andrea Fraser; Chaos: Making a New Science
On the Docket: The Virgin Suicides; Telegraph Avenue (Michael Chabon's new one)


Podcasts: Welcome To Night Vale, This American Life

Movies: Pan's Labyrinth; Amelie; Ghost World; Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind; American Beauty; Labyrinth; Harold and Maude; Heathers; Almost Famous; The Breakfast Club; Moonrise Kingdom; The Squid and the Whale; Big Fish; The Science of Sleep; Synecdoche, NY; The Lives of Others; Old Boy; Sympathy for Lady Vengeance; Delicatessen; 28 Days Later; Trainspotting; Fight Club; My Neighbor Totoro; Spirited Away; I Love You Man; Anchorman; Secretary; Crash (David Cronenberg); Mulholland Drive; Wild At Heart

TV: Twin Peaks; Portlandia; Arrested Development; Parks and Recreation; 30 Rock; The Office; Louie; The Walking Dead; Six Feet Under; The Newsroom; Mad Men; Freaks and Geeks; The Daily Show; The Colbert Report

Music: David Bowie; Andrew Bird; Joanna Newsom; The Smiths; The Clash; Shonen Knife; Dum Dum Girls; Colleen Green; Caveman; Light Asylum; Grizzly Bear; Man Man; Timber Timbre; Neutral Milk Hotel; Arcade Fire; Wolf Parade; Sunset Rubdown; Neko Case; The National; Fiona Apple; Sufjan Stevens; Cat Power; Joni Mitchell; The Decemberists; Devendra Banhart; Amanda Palmer; Siouxie and the Banshees; Regina Spektor

Food: Avocado!! Nutella!! Kerrygold Irish Butter!
Six things I could never do without
Air, water, food, living space, a sense of purpose, a creative outlet
I spend a lot of time thinking about
The future/ lofty goals/ ambitions and how I have no idea what I'm doing, but maybe that's how it should be
Gender/sexuality/socially constructed power dynamics and all the complexities therein [it's really weird for me to have to choose 'bisexual' for this site--I identify as 'queer' generally. Shit is complicated, situational, fluid, etc.
Intersectionality in terms of social justice concerns, which basically just means not negating one concern in favor of another (i.e. promoting feminist concerns while ignoring racism, classism, ableism, etc.)
Art's potential to broaden perspectives and redefine thinking
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
You should message me if
If Infinite Jest is/ has ever been a part of your day-to-day existence and you'd wanna gush about it in long-winded conspiracy theorist diatribes
You're enthusiastic about something that you think I'd be enthusiastic about too
You're an artist and know where all the cool art things happen in the city
You are queer/ queer-friendly/ wanna talk about queering everything/ know where all the cool queer spaces are in the city (I'm mostly interested in meeting other queer people, not so much the cis dudes--sorry/not sorry)
The two of us