Ok, since I see you biting your nails in apprehension already: I'm a creative director and conceptualizer at an ad agency. Yes, you can make a living from latent misanthropy, megalomania and mediocre storytelling abilities (plus a penchant for augmenting abject alliterations). A fact that still amuses and amazes me greatly.
Great design, architecture, photography, music, drinks and shoes are things that can usually make me very happy.
Oh, and over the past couple of years I have developed an almost unhealthy obsession with handmade lightweight bicycle frames and the fine art of fillet brazing. So much in fact that, instead of obeying the impulse to go and buy yet another bike (I already own way more than I can sensibly ride, plus a small scrapyard of parts), I'm considering to lock myself up in a garage for a couple of weeks with a case of beer and a pile of steel tubing and teach myself how to build the perfect bicycle. Or find someone to teach me. So should your second name be Colnago or Tommasini and you have a Grandfather somewhere back in Italy, perhaps we should go for a drink or two ...
And no, I'm not into biking as a sport per se and I deeply abhor anything involving colorful spandex or ridiculous athletics. I'm just into the beauty of a simple and perfect machine of classic aesthetics and truly elegant design, a true work of art with the added benefit of noiseless locomotion late at night, taking me effortlessly from one dive bar to the next. If you are a person who takes deep pleasure in taking nightly fixed gear rides to explore some weird advanced cocktail culture experiences maybe we should go for a drink or two as well.
2. random bouts of sarcasm
3. ordering yet another round, totally ignorant whether you're a glass half full or a glass half empty person
Books: on my nightstand right now (and on my iPhone as the enhanced edition): The Death of Bunny Munro by Nick Cave. Which perhaps already says a lot about some of my cultural likes and dislikes.
Mortality - Christopher Hitchens. Outliers - Malcolm Gladwell. Medium Raw - Anthony Bourdain. The Gum Thief - Douglas Coupland. Indignation - Philip Roth. Snuff - Chuck Palahniuk. The Creation of Reality - Joerg Starkmuth. Against the World, Against Life - Michel Houellebecq. Platform - Michel Houellebecq. Windows On The World - Frederic Beigbeder. V For Vendetta - Alan Moore. Slaughterhouse Five - Kurt Vonnegut. How to be alone - Jonathan Frantzen. Under the Skin - Michael Faber
Movies: The most stunningly impressive movie I saw just recently: One More Time With Feeling, the accompanying film to Nick Cave's new album The Skeleton Tree. It's so immensely sad and beautiful, dealing with the tragic death of Nick Cave's teenage son in such a human, touching, fragile and dignified way – it just leaves you speechless and totally in awe. Highly recommended if you can stomach it – too bad screenings are extremely scarce.
Anything by Christopher Nolan.
Antichrist. Watching Shutter Island and Ghost in immediate succession in the same movie theater. Seems I was in a rainy island mood that day ...
The Road. Gainsbourg. The Box. Biutiful. Enter The Void. Despicable Me. The Book of Eli (for it's visual appeal). Hunger (a movie about the IRA hunger strikes in the Eighties). The Wrestler. Eden Log. Before The Devil Knows You're Dead. In Bruges. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Bug. Control. The Fountain. A Scanner Darkly. Wanted. Cloverfield.
Anything by Michelangelo Antonioni (especially L'eclisse and Blow Up). Anything by Lynch and Hitchcock. Andrej Tarkovsky. Any French Film Noir, Nouvelle Vague, the works of Leos Carax or Olivier Assayas ...
An old obsession from the past which I rediscovered recently: Italian Gialli from the sixties and seventies: Danger Diabolik, L'una sull' altra, La belva col mitra, Profondo Rosso, Lucio Fulci, Mario Bava, Dario Argento ...
Music: on heavy rotation right now: Daniel Lanois/Trixie Whitley/Black Dub – absolutely magnificent! Another recent favorite: 2:45. Movie Soundtracks by Lalo Schifrin, Angelo Badalamenti, Clint Mansell, Bernard Herrmann, tons of obscure and not so obscure electronica. School of Seven Bells, Bauhaus, Tones On Tail, Peter Murphy, Nick Cave, Rowland S. Howard, Marc Almond, The Cinematic Orchestra, Interpol, Calla, The Departure, Sleigh Bells, Foals, Broadcast, Yeasayer, The Streets, Editors, Muse, Client, Bat For Lashes, MGMT, Zola Jesus, Dirty Projectors, LCD Soundsystem, Magnetic Fields, Ladytron, Funkstoerung, Elektrochemie, Maximo Park, The Clash, The Smiths, Echo & The Bunnymen, Morrissey, DJ Shadow, Ian Simmonds, U.N.K.L.E, Photek, DJ Krush, Massive Attack, Jazzanova, Aphex Twin, Boards Of Canada, Recoil, Curve, Squarepusher, Primal Scream, The Jesus & Mary Chain, Grinderman, Tricky, Martina Topley-Bird, Autechre, Robin Judge, Tycho, Nautilis, Klute, Mira Calix, Tensnake, Circlesquare, IAMX, Zoot Woman ...
Ableton Live (when im moonlighting as a bedroom beat wizard) and a set of bicycle tools (when im moonlighting as a bicycle mechanic).
A halfway decent taste in clothes, shoes, food, music, (pop) culture and the rest of the material world
Halfway decent people to share these tastes
The rest is very negotiable
why this thing here keeps saying that I'm only a 97% match to myself (and a 2% enemy ...)
favour by making sure that your skepticism will be winning over
your curiosity again in no time at all ...