I'm recovering from a finger injury I had late last year, so my climbing goals are modest; I want to travel to distant crags, spend more time out on rock, and feel strong again. One big goal is to climb some big walls, both partnered and rope solo.
You may have noticed that I'm pro-Oxford comma. I don't see the point in arguing about it, but I'll allow it to be the subject of angry sex.
Also, I just started drinking coffee for the first time in my life. I have no idea what I'm doing.
A man on the MUNI complimented my shoes the other day. He then started a long rant about the British Banking Illuminati, so that may discount the value of his opinion.
I recently read The Magicians trilogy by Lev Grossman. It's kind of like college-aged depressive Harry Potter meets Chronicles of Narnia with ruminations on getting older and what it means to become an adult. There's a TV show on SyFy based on it and it's a pretty good adaptation. I enjoyed the most recent William Gibson novel; I hope it's the beginning of a new series. I really liked The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, but it left me with a sense of melancholy that I don't think I'll understand until I read it again. I'm also technically re-reading Susan Sontag's On Photography, but let's just say that progress is slow.
I have a voracious appetite for music, though sometimes that means I'll listen to the same album on repeat for 3 weeks straight. Lately, I've been listening to Ex Hex, RAC, CHVRCHES, School of Seven Bells, Purity Ring, and Christine and the Queens. I also enjoy a lot of embarrassing pop music. Max Martin kind of pop music. If you don't know who that is, Google him. I'll wait.
Sleater-Kinney is my favorite band of all time. I appreciate a good mash-up.
TV: Archer, Rick and Morty, Orphan Black, iZombie, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, The Expanse. No longer on the air: Veronica Mars, 30 Rock, Firefly, Community, Parks and Rec.
I love the 60's MOMA school of photography (Robert Frank, Lee Friedlander, Garry Winogrand, William Eggleston, etc). The Americans is one of my favorites. I also like Eugène Atget. As for contemporary photographers, Nikki S. Lee does some really interesting work. At one point in my life, I assumed that I would have an MFA in photography by now.
Is it delicious? I will eat it.
I play video games, but I don't think there's been anything I've truly enjoyed since the beginning of the current console generation. Bioshock Infinite and The Last of Us were probably the last games that really did it for me. I love narrative, but I also really appreciate good mechanics and the appeal of grind. I'd love to have critical conversations about the medium, but it's not something a lot of people that I know think about from an academic perspective, or at all.
national parks pass
a good belayer.
The inner workings of mechanical wristwatches.
Ringlocks. I'm really bad at them.
How do I play this song on the drums?
I think I have an extra muscle in my tongue that nobody else seems to have.
Please don't be planning to internet murder me.