In Chicago after grad school in Colorado/India/Bolivia->postdoc in Peru (+Indonesia/Mexico/Tanzania/Vietnamish)
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.
I also do research on forests and climate change, land use politics, and environmental justice around the world! (May or may not assuage Northern European consciences about their global-warming-causing behavior by ironically flying around the world in circles)
Unstructured play time is my favorite.
Being generally amused and stoked about the human condition in spite of everything.
Having more musical instruments than I'm good at playing
Going on street art tours to learn weird shit about new cities.
Books: 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.)
Gone Girl (yeh!), Shirley Jackson (Haunting of Hill House)
The Icarus Girl (starts off like 'I'm a story about race, immigrants and identity and then pivots and is all like NOPE I'M A FUCKING GHOST STORY!)
White Teeth (how the hell did Zadie Smith have that kind of perspective at 19 or 20?!)
A Visit from the Goon Squad (Jennifer Eagan with a dope book and a hilarious parody of David Foster Wallace)
House of Leaves (you goin be scurred),
Ursula K. Le Guin.
Shows: The Wire is the best, Rick and Morty, Archer, Firefly, Arrested Development, 30 Rock, Star Trek (TNG/DS9/VOY 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
Recent on Spotify: ween, sleater-Kinney, Nas, the floozies, Esperanza Spaulding, leftover salmon, the cat empire
Why so many of you seem to have OKC handles that end in "saurus" or "inabox"
Poverty. Political and policy dimensions of justice, power, and inequality.
How tight existing is despite aforementioned weirdness, and even downright bad shit.
If you message first, l appreciate getting to planning to meet for a drink or other fun first date activity sooner rather than later. I prefer to make this efficient.