shwinnebego
29 Chicago, United States
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My self-summary
Work with indigenous communities in the Peruvian Amazon, play in Chicago concert venues/parks/jamatoriums/dive bars, activist in whatever spaces I can get into

Back in Chicago for the first time in my adult life after 2.5 years in Peru (mainly but also other places like Indonesia, Tanzania, and Mexico) researching environmental politics. 5 years in Colorado/elsewhere for a PhD before that. Here now but still travelling to Peru on the regs which rocks!

I like music, science, nature, fiction, reality, comedy, social justice and grassroots movements, amazing individuals past and present, intersectional feminism (identity politics ain't everything though, better discussed in person), and PEOPLE! Dislikes include yogurt and the inevitability of death.
What I’m doing with my life
I work with indigenous communities in the Amazon, getting them on the map and empowered to make decisions about their lands!

I also do research on forests and climate change, land use politics, and environmental justice around the world!

I'm broadly interested in sustainable development, and specifically look at how local/indigenous peoples' property rights are affected by/affect conservation policies in the tropics. Also into swimming in the lake, playing in parks, the nature of the uinverse, comedy, mongolian throat singing, amazing fictional stories, etc.
I’m really good at
I enjoy the hell out of cooking (but not really baking). I'd have to leave it to you to determine whether I'm good at it!! I'm pretty good at being generally amused and stoked about the human condition in spite of everything. I like to play with a few musical instruments. I have a ukulele. I also have some evidence that I'm a good teacher.

Going on street art tours to learn weird shit about new cities.
The first things people usually notice about me
I laugh kinda loud.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Favorite is hard, how bout recent

Books/Fiction/Recent faves: The Girl in the Road by Monica Byrne. Read it at once. West African girl and South Indian woman's stories interweave through space and time in a hyperplausible near future world.

Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie. Logic puzzles about theory of mind in story form in a genderless intergalactic empire where the main character is a multi-bodied spaceship.

The Hunger Games (no shame these books at amazing), Gone Girl (yeh!), Shirley Jackson (Haunting of Hill House), The Icarus Girl!!!, Chimama Ngozi Adichie (Americanah, it was a funny take on the US), White Teeth (how the hell did Zadie Smith have that kind of perspective at 19 or 20?!), Jennifer Eagan (A Visit from the Goon Squad), House of Leaves (you goin be scurred), Neal Stephenson (Snow Crash, Cryptonomicon, Anathem, now doing the Baroque Cycle, which is too many pages on The Invention of Science And Money by way of Swashbuckling Pirates!) Foundation (Asimov, though the dude can't write women to save his life), A Song of Ice and Fire (GRRM), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night, David Foster Wallace (INFINITE JEST!), Haruki Murakami (recently read 1Q84), I'm all about my kindle these days. Stuff that I read less recently but still like: Douglas Adams (hitchhiker series), Ursula K. Le Guin.

Books/Nonfiction: Lotsa stuff for work. Too much policy and social science. I dig reading about science, and all things that involve communicating science to the public approachably-like.

Shows: The Wire is the best, Rick and Morty, Breaking Bad, Firefly, Arrested Development, 30 Rock, Archer, Star Trek (TNG/DS9 obvi). At of this writing I just finished watching and liking Jessica Jones and also this weird show called iZombie.

Podcasts (Savage Love, Radiolab, Invisibilia, This American Life, Reply All, 2 Dope Queens, Guys we Fucked, suggest more to me please)
The six things I could never do without
Obviously the internet, how could I live without its totalizing, shackling liberation?
I spend a lot of time thinking about
How fucking weird the universe is.

The hilarity of everything.

Poverty. Political and policy dimensions of justice, power, and inequality. P

How dope existing is despite said weirdness, and even downright bad shit.

Why so many of you seem to have OKC handles that end in "saurus" or "inabox"
On a typical Friday night I am
I dunno what's typical, recent Fridays have included cold beers in hot Peruvian jungles, weird experimental music in Chicago, wine-heavy barbecues in Buenos Aires, cackling my face off while wearing outrageous costumes on my last nights in Lima.
You should message me if
You know about an amazing winter-spot for whisky drinking. I work and travel for work but having a good time is always a priority so I'll fucking *hunt* time for raging!
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