I used to be a grad student in English... dropped out because of depression and don't want to go back now. These days, I care more about social justice than analysing literature. I still love to read, but I read different things now (not so much 18th century literature and literary/cultural theory) -- right now, I am into reading good "Young Adult" novels, graphic novels, stories about things that make my sense of humor or self, demonstrate the possession of craic, nonfiction...
I try to believe too much in the goodness of people, but don't think it's a bad thing, even if I seem to be wrong often.
The most important thing in life to me is to give to other people. I know it sounds rubbish, but it's true. There is way too much cruelty in this world.
In theory, I'm what many would call a political 'radical' -- I don't believe in capitalism, and I think it's oppressive. But no, I won't beat the shit out of you with my politics. Unless your politics are awful. Then I might have to bop you on the head before saying good day.
I'm working on meditating every day, especially when I feel like shit. A run often helps a bad morning, but the weather has been less than inviting. Yes, I am a wimp with extreme temperatures.
I'm not a fan of having lots of money or owning lots of things. But if I won the lottery (and sometimes I do buy a ticket), I would get everyone I love out of debt and either buy a farm (and get some rescued animals to hang out with there) or buy a tiny house with a wee bit of land in the mountains or by the sea.
I like riding my bike. I love being with friends (need to make some in Wilmington). I'm not a chicken, but I am beginning to wonder about Delaware's chicken status. Then again, I love chickens.
Feeling a little lost, but doing my best not to let that make me feel like a failure. Trying to fail better (yes, reference to Samuel Beckett).
Giving a damn about the world and its inhabitants (not just humans).
Trying to take good care of my cats, Emma and the "terrorist" kittens Edmund and Hillary. The terrorists are both boys -- if you don't understand their names, read about Mount Everest.
Riding my bicycle, though not always good at paying attention while riding my bicycle...
Becoming a better cook.
Wondering when I'll get to take a trip somewhere outside the tri-state area and hoping it will be soon.
Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist, anything by Alex Berkman
Third Factory; Zoo, or Letters Not About Love, anything by Viktor Shklovsky
W, or the Memory of Childhood, anything by Georges Perec
Impossible Object, almost anything by Nicholas Mosley (yes, the son of Nazi sympathizer Oswald Mosley, but nothing like his father)
1982, Janine, anything by Alasdair Gray
Soccer vs. the State, by Gabriel Kuhn
Red Emma Speaks, anything by Emma Goldman
We Need to Talk About Kevin, by Lionel Shriver
The Third Policeman, anything by Flann Obrien
Scoop, anything by Evelyn Waugh
The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
Too many others to list.
Withnail and I, The Pink Panther (originals), The Thin Man series, Gangs in Blue (documentary), docs in general, David Lynch, Jim Jarmusch, Charlie Chaplin, Truffaut, Mel Brooks, Japanese samurai, good sci-fi, Bill Murray, in general classic and foreign films. If I have the money I love seeing movies in the theater (by the way, Bad Grandpa with the guy from MTV was hilarious).
Twin Peaks, Golden Girls, Veronica Mars, Alias (I know it kind of sucked, but I loved it anyway), Buffy the Vampire Slayer, sci-fi generally -- Battlestar in particular--, futbol, It's Always Sunny, Arrested Development, Chris Hayes' show on MSNBC (an old friend and my ONLY famous friend...) -- to be honest, I rarely watch (please don't tell him). Mostly, I watch these on Netflix... and I'm watching less and less TV as it eats my brain. Yum yum...
Things that do not suck --
John Hiatt, John Prine, Mark Knopfler, Blondie, Bob Dylan, The Clash, Husker Du, Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, Billy Bragg, Crass, Stars, Neil Young, Atlas Sound, Elbow, Dropkick Murphys, Gang of Four, Langhorne Slim, Hank Williams Sr., Lena Horne, Ramones, Deer Tick, Johnny Cash, Bear in Heaven, Nina Simone, Bon Iver, Blitzen Trapper, The Coup, Professor Murder, Dirty Projectors, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Warren Zevon, Elvis Perkins, Bruce Springsteen, Dead Prez, Tha Truth, Joan Baez, Justin Timberlake, Immortal Technique, Jackson Five, Mischief Brew, Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye, Frank Ocean, Edith Piaf, David Rovics, Andrew Bird, The Antlers, Aretha Franklin, The Louvin Brothers, Dead Milkmen, Jeff Buckley, Leonard Cohen, Lost in the Trees, M Ward, Mavis Staples, Merle Haggard, Patti Smith, The Pogues, Prince, Ray LaMontagne & the Pariah Dogs, The Replacements, The Rolling Stones, Sharon Jones, She and Me, T. Rex, White Lung, Pissed Jeans, Frightened Rabbits, David Bowie, Iggy Pop, The xx, The X, The Zombies, Lyle Lovett, James McMurtry, The Smiths, The Ink Stains (RIP)...
I also liked seeing bands live that I have never heard of, as long as I can afford to get in.
Classical music -- I am learning, but so far I'm into Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Glass, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Satie, Schubert, Sibelius
At the moment, I think my favorite food is Brussels sprouts. I am a vegan, but only since December 2014. I was a vegetarian before that. No, I don't want to argue about it, but I will be happy to tell you why in an ideal world every human would be vegan. I won't try to make you feel awful.
Samuel Beckett's words.
A bike to ride.
Animals who are not human.