shwinnebego
30Chicago, United States
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My self-summary
I dig music, class conscious feminism, being silly af, community organizing/socialism, nature, saying ridiculous shit, fiction, grassroots movements, Dislikes include yogurt and the inevitability of death.

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)
What I’m doing with my life
Unstructured play time with funny friends is my favorite.

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.

Politics. Organizing. It works!!! Showing up to stuff to support community organizing and local collective action. Volunteering with unaccompanied undocumented children. Working with organizers to defend vulnerable communities (defense) while also advancing a boss social democratic platform that will provide a durable rebound from Trump!
I’m really good at
Using words for FUN

Teaching

Cooking

Being amused and stoked af 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!)

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 Gravity Falls. The Wire. Currently watching Crazyhead. Cartoons for children like Gravity Falls and Stephen Universe also rule.
Six things I could never do without
Obviously the internet, how could I live without its totalizing, shackling liberation?

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!
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Funny shit my friends say

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
You've dialed in the right mix of giving a fuck and not giving a fuck

You are a silly leftist

....if you like Chapo Trap House and weird/left twitter I'll probably like you but we also probably don't need to talk about it in real life
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