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.
As far as the job thing goes, I've worked in public service for pretty much my entire life. The thought of working in the private sector makes my head hurt. They expect results.
I have excellent long-term memory, and can recall brief glimpses from before my first birthday. My short-term memory, however appears to have contracted polio at some point along the way, and has since made for some interesting moments; one time I pulled into a gas station, paid for my gas, and then happily drove off having forgotten to pump it.
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, him, and her.
Some of my favorite webcomics are Subnormality, PBF, and Zen Pencils. Love & Rockets is an old favorite as well. In case you were wondering.
Radio On: the Velvet Underground, Stereolab, MBV, Explosions in the Sky, Sonic Youth, Pavement, The Magnetic Fields, Yo La Tengo, PJ Harvey, Times New Viking, Scratch Acid, Jonathan Richman, Boredoms, Pussy Galore, Beat Happening, Wipers, The Fall, Mike Watt and his various permutations, Grateful Dead, Pink Floyd, Joanna Newsom, Daniel Johnston, Rolling Stones, Tom Waits, Regina Spektor, Band of Horses, Kurt Vile, Neko Case, The Band, Yes, Steely Dan, and Johnny Cash. Also, the new Beach House album is awesome.
I grew up listening to old punk rock, so that'll always hold a place in my heart as well as my playlists.
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, Last Tango in Paris, No Country For Old Men, 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? Other shows I dig: Strangers With Candy, Drunk History, King of the Hill, Spaced, Extras, Tim & Eric, Mr. Show, Portlandia, Home Movies, Todd Margaret. 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. But, yeah. Kill Your TV and all things of that sort.