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Murdoch Stephens

Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand

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  • 79 Positive References
  • Fluent in English; learning Māori, Russian, Spanish
  • 33, Male
  • Member since 2006
  • Writer, refugee advocacy, PhD studen...
  • contantly changing
  • From New Zealand
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About Me

I'm doing my best to get dextrous with the trident of arts, activism and academia. I run a publishing collective, write books and articles.

Much of that is on a low burn at the moment as I write my doctorate. In a sentence my PhD is on how critique, or critical theory, has changed its relationship to scientific knowledge when confronted with the urgent and global crisis of climate change.

I am also running a campaign called Doing Our Bit that aims to make up for an erosion of the number of refugees accepted by New Zealand by doubling our annual quota.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

Looking forward to meeting some excellent people on my forthcoming time in Puerto Rico.


Hosted folks in New Zealand, Argentina, Georgia and Syria. Surfed in Mexico, India, New Zealand, Iran, Turkey, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Oman, Latvia, Poland, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, England, Wales, Scotland, Estonia, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, China and Laos with 100 million surfs on friends couches through non CS methods.


Cardigans. Etymology. Entomology. E-hospitality. Nuts and berries. Memory. All sorts of representations: sounds, smells, images and text. Coffee. Electric Animals. Balloons and Buffets. Nanas soldering brassware in the sheds left to them as widowers.

Music, Movies & Books

Music first, books second, and movies third. All podium finishes.

Some examples: Music = Neutral Milk Hotel, Xiu Xiu, Vic Chesnutt, Synthetic Flying Machine, MD's Bitches Brew, the Verlaines, Alastair Galbraith, Maxine Funke, the Doublehappys, YMG and Weekend, Hank Williams, The Buzzcocks, Kimya, Alela Diane, Mohsen Namjoo, Mr Sterile Assembly, Ja'afar Hassan, Dr Dooom and Octagon, Kilometres Davis, King Creosote.

Books (or authors): W Dewey, Douglas Hofstadter, Deleuze and Guatarri, Peter Sloterdijk, Nabokov, Borges, Stendahl, Tao Wells, Ulrich Haarburste and associated authors, Keirkegaard, John A. Lee, Chris Kraus, Sylvere, Bataille and DeBord and McLuhan and Satan oh wait not Satan, Brian Aldiss, AD Jameson, B Gnanalingam, RK Meros and you, and the things you write when you're not trying to write.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

aesthetically speaking: mountains/clouds/snow from aeroplanes.

ascetically speaking: the experience of fever.

Teach, Learn, Share

POPC110: It is easy to forget, but... popcorn is probably the best food about and the only where you can eat and eat and eat and its not bad for you. Make sure you use a decent oil, hold the lid on tight, and make enough for your couchsurf host.

And if you catch me on the right week then you can have a first hand look at book binding. Check the weblink for the publishing collective that I represent with (so to speak).

Countries I've Visited

Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Belize, Bolivia, Plurinational State of, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Denmark, Ecuador, Estonia, France, Georgia, Germany, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Iran, Islamic Republic of, Italy, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mexico, Myanmar, Nepal, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Poland, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uruguay

Countries I've Lived In

Argentina, Georgia, New Zealand, Syrian Arab Republic, United States

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