Work with indigenous communities in the Peruvian Amazon, play in Chicago beaches/concert venues/parks/jamatoriums/dive bars.
In Chicago after grad school in Colorado/India/Bolivia->postdoc in Peru (+Indonesia/Mexico/Tanzania/Vietnamish)
Working with Amazonian people getting them on the map, advocating for their rights and trying to empower them to make decisions about their lands.
Unstructured play time with funny friends is my favorite.
Politics. Organizing. It works!!! Showing up to stuff to support community organizing and local collective action. Volunteering with unaccompanied undocumented children. Working with grassroots organizers to defend vulnerable communities (defense) while also advancing a boss social democratic platform that will provide a durable rebound from Trump!
Using words for FUN
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.
Currently reading Octavia Butler and she crushes
Also Black Metropolis (change the way you see Chicago!)
On Beauty, so good Zadie Smith is a legit genius
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.
Podcasts: Chapo Trap House, The Bugle, 2 Dope Queens, Invisibilia
Recent on Spotify: Ween, Sleater-Kinney, Nas, The Floozies, Ensperanza Spaulding, Leftover Salmon, The Cat Empire
Shows: same shit as everyone else but especially Rick & Morty. The Wire = all time best. Currently watching Crazyhead. Cartoons for children like Gravity Falls and Stephen Universe also rule.
I actually really love bougie stuff that's easy to make fun of. Colorado did a number on me. Kale, quinoa, seitan, and bluegrass forever. Haters gonna hate!
Climate change, and how we can actually win some battles - but haven't by a long shot worked out the war!
Poverty. Political and policy dimensions of racial and gendered issues of justice, power, inequality, and oppression.
How tight existing is despite aforementioned weirdness, and even downright bad shit.
You like Chapo Trap House
You've dialed in the right mix of giving a fuck and not giving a fuck
You are a silly leftist