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My self-summary
"I am just an advertisement...
for a version...
of myself."
---David Byrne

NYC born and raised. Lived in Ohio, California, and Galway, Ireland, . I guess I'd say, in a nutshell, I'm witty, creative, extremely intuitive, and pretty kind too. I have the advantages and flaws that come with these traits.

Reading 'personal' essays and taking quizzes about which character we are on the Wire- they're fun distractions, even addictive sometimes- but I take them all with a grain of salt. Meeting someone in person is always the best way to find out what someone's really like. That said, George is my favorite Beatle, which must say something positive about me.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm writing a novel based on the film 'Anna Karenina'- you know, for people who would rather read the book.
Also, I work with kids..
I’m really good at
Knowing the best way to get anywhere in the city by subway.
Playing things by ear, musical or non-musical aka improvising.
The first things people usually notice about me
Big, curly hair, some days more "fro-y" than others. Also I'm 6+ feet (without the hair). Hopefully, my wit and dry sense of humor, but that might be asking for too much.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Just a disclaimer: I like to list and listen, and I keep an open mind, but taste in art doesn't define someone. Maybe it helps me figure out what to get you for your birthday.

Books: I like some of what I've read of Eudora Welty, Philip K. Dick, Flannery O'Connor, Nabokov, Beckett, Raymond Chandler, Thomas Mann, some Pema Chodron (not necessarily her writing, but what she says). I don't really have a favorite book- for a while it was "The Magic Mountain" by Thomas Mann and "Great Expectations", Dickens.

Movies: Coen Brothers, Cronenberg, Lynch, Hal Hartley, decent trashy films in genres of horror and sci-fi but also arty stuff depending. "Double Indemnity", "The Seventh Seal", Mike Leigh's "Naked", "Tootsie", "Walkabout", "Once Upon a Time in America", "The Lives Of Others", "Jaws", "Desperate Living", "Fearless" (great underrated Jeff Bridges film), "Let the Right One In", "Wake In Fright", "The Vanishing", "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari", "Rushmore", "Raiders of the Lost Ark", "Mulholland Drive", "Blade Runner", "Wall-E", "Goodfellas", "Army of Darkness", "Killer of Sheep", "Dog Day Afternoon", "The Taking of Pelham 1,2,3" (the original!), "Chinatown", "A Woman Under the Influence", "This Is Spinal Tap"

Music: thelonious monk, the buzzcocks, big star, eggstone, wire, kate bush, captain beefheart, joni mitchell, the frogs, hank williams, television, ornette coleman, karen mantler, toru takemitsu, henry cowell, wanda jackson, erik satie, beach boys, the necks, the who, madvillain, miles davis, xtc, carole king, george harrison, bill fay, cat stevens, the meatmen, debussey, reigning sound, nick lowe, nick drake, duane eddy, the replacements, the vulgar boatmen, dexy's midnight runners, tinirawen, the minutemen, brian eno, east river pipe, a tribe called quest, the english beat, jonathan richman and the modern lovers, pj harvey, p.i.l., the fall, sparks, cheap trick, the cramps, aztec camera, magnetic fields, the undertones, cocteau twins, gene clark, mose allison, gram parsons, todd rundgren, slint, francoise hardy, desmond dekker, the kinks, psychic TV, john lennon, yoko ono, gang of four, talking heads, cardinal, loretta lynn, michael hurley, john fahey, the nz flying nun scene (the clean, chills, verlaines, chris knox, the 3Ds), talk talk, kirsty macColl, wayne shorter, pylon, (smog), the dead milkmen, the stranglers, thin lizzy, mission of burma, echo & the bunnymen, dwight twilley, the innocence mission, skip spence, jefferson airplane, roy buchanan, nilsson, joan armatrading, can, the scientists, the saints, kim fowley, the jam, the the, the melvins, the only ones, arthur alexander, devo, the undertones, robert wyatt, the pogues, orange juice, motown, sonny sharrock, the collins kids, anne briggs, astor piazzolla, stravinsky, chopin, dinah washington, kevin ayers, roy harper, arthur russell, camper van beethoven, graham parker, little richard, roger miller, charlie rich, redd kross, howlin' wolf, squeeze, bert jansch, pentangle, bach, little feat, richard and linda thompson, morton feldman, the louvin brothers, curt boettcher, judee sill, the celibate rifles, the left banke, galaxie 500, X, syd barrett, miracle legion, mark mulcahy, badfinger, johnny marr, joy division, elvis costello, the velvets, fad gadget, anne briggs, dylan, the delfonics, laura nyro, the 5th dimension, GBV, the cleaners from venus, the soft boys, roxy music, and more!

Food: yellowtail, grilled octopus, miso soup, a good, rare or medium rare burger (Corner Bistro) or steak, cheese grits, avocados, the occasional Gray's Papaya hot dog, chorizo, the 96th Street Taco Truck, Xi'an noodles on St. Marx, Korean BBQ, Otafuku Japanese cabbage pancakes, hearts of palm, grapefruit, craft beer esp. sour beer, etc.
Six things I could never do without
morning coffee
a guitar
dry humor and wordplay
good friends
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Consonance and dissonace;
The friend/enemy percentage algorithm and how none of the numbers ever add up to 100; Even if I was matched with myself, it wouldn't add up to 100;
Oxford commas, oxford commas, and oxford commas;
Why the hell DID the chicken cross the road?
On a typical Friday night I am
I like to see friends- not usually into big events. Anything that revolves around good company, a good meal, a good beer and/or some kind of art.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I believe in Sharknadoes! It's not a matter of if; it's a matter of WHEN!
Sometimes I talk to the driver- while the bus is in motion!!!
I like shopping for ties.
Also, my name is not Joe.
You should message me if
You want to contact me, and you're not telepathic. (I'm not telepahtic by the way).
The two of us