shwinnebego
30 Chicago, United States
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My self-summary
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)

I dig music, science, nature, saying ridiculous shit, fiction, reality, comedy, grassroots movements, amazing individuals past and present, total fucking nonsense, class conscious feminism, and socialism. Dislikes include yogurt and the inevitability of death.
What I’m doing with my life
Being exuberant and silly in all the places

Shows!

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.
I’m really good at
Pivoting hard left despite not having a theory of change anymore under Trump. Reading too much Jacobin but trying not to become a grumpy jerk.

Using words for FUN

Teaching

Cooking

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.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Favorite is hard, how bout recent

Books:

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),

Neal Stephenson

Douglas Adams

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.
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
Funny shit my friends have said over the years

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.
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, basking in the blue pools around the magical living root bridges of Meghalya, getting my protest on, and cackling my face off while wearing outrageous costumes in Lima.
You should message me if
Message me if you think that cuddles and laughing at dumb and smart shit pair well with the resistance! ✊🏾

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
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