I find happiness in irreverence, making art, meaningful conversation, watching my friends grow into their lives, watching conservatives lose their shit over progressive reforms, problem solving, staying off the beaten path, quiet workspaces, beautiful prose, working outdoors, the Huntington Library, the Getty, LACMA, brown bagging it with friends every now and again, being present to it all.
I believe in radical feminism, I believe that black lives matter.
tl;dr - I'm too wonderful for words. Not really. Maybe a little bit.
In school I majored in comparative literature and art history. That's all I have to say about that.
As far as the job thing goes, I've worked in public service for pretty much my entire life. I love working outdoors and interacting with a variety of different personalities.
I'm currently applying to a handful of graduate programs to become a Physician Assistant. For a number of years I worked as an EMT, and have since really missed working in emergency medicine as well as patient care in general.
I have excellent long-term memory. My short-term memory, however seems to have contracted polio at some point along the way.
As far as non-fiction goes, I enjoy working through the ideas of Hannah Arendt, Jacques Derrida, Alain Badiou, and Giorgio Agamben.
Spending an entire day going through archived Vanity Fair articles is a guilty pleasure of mine, although I never feel guilty about it when I do. I'm just really into hyperbole.
I'm a sucker for poetry, especially from him, and her.
Some of my favorite webcomics are Subnormality, PBF, and Zen Pencils. Love & Rockets is an old favorite as well.
Radio On: the Velvet Underground, Neko Case, Tom Waits, The Magnetic Fields, Pavement, Stereolab, Yo La Tengo, PJ Harvey, Sonic Youth, tons of post-rock, tons of shoegaze, tons of twee and C86, tons of old hardcore punk, grindcore, doom, and black metal. There's really no genre of music that I'm not into.
Favorite films include Pulp Fiction, Do the Right Thing, Touch of Evil, This is England, Waltz with Bashir, Sicario, Incendies, Ratcatcher, Breaking the Waves, Sweet and Lowdown, Sideways, There Will Be Blood, the Elephant Man, Blazing Saddles, as well as countless documentaries.
My favorite show is The Wire, of course. I mean, what else would it be? I still haven't watched the final seasons of the Office, and Parks and Rec for no reason other than I'm really, really bad at goodbyes.
As far as food goes, Indian is my rainy day favorite. Love, love, love Persian, Turkish, Nicaraguan, BBQ of any kind, and Mexican of course. The other day I made prison style Pad Thai and thought it was awesome.
On his deathbed Beethoven remarked "I’ve learned to look at the world in all its darkness and evil and still love it.". Yeah, that's because you're Beethoven. It's fairly easy to come to terms with things like poverty and famine when you're sleeping in a warm bed and stuffing yourself full of macaroni and cheese. Eat a dick, Beethoven.