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To write, make music, and cuddle up to the void.
I am a poet and composer. I make my living playing the typewriter and saxophone.
I'm a secular humanist leaning into the future. Being awake and alive is my primary goal, followed by the pursuit of art and love, then protest. In these twilight years of the American empire, I am looking for a radical redefinition of our global culture, a turn towards sustainability. This implies developing self-awareness, for which I find meditation, poetry, and music useful.
In terms of philosophy schools, I'm most influenced by modern atheists (Dawkins, Hitchens), anti-civilization advocates (Jensen, Zerzan, Berry), post-Marxists (Chomsky, Beaudrillard, Zizek), post-colonialists (Spivak, Galeano), modern mystics (Melchizedek, Starhawk, Merton) and Buddhism (particularly Zen, which I spent years studying in monastic settings).
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I surf and meet and celebrate. Sometimes go to CS social events. When I have a bigger place, I will host regularly.
I'm a veteran couch surfer. I've hitch-hiked, hoboed, and flown my way across the U.S. and Canada for over five years.
Saxophones! Pianos, guitars, singing. Living close to the land. Socialism, cats, dogs, kids, adults, photography, the elderly. Sanity and insanity. Bran flakes, soymilk. Poetry, prose, surrealism, realism, contact improvisation, zazen, Ubuntu Linux, Bitcoin, and other open-source projects, free jazz, walking, conversations with heart-centered beings.
Music, Movies, and Books
Jazz saxophonist Ornette Coleman was my musical hero and mentor. He enriched my life immeasurably.
Other musical interests: Joni Mitchell, Thelonious Monk, Keith jarrett, the Penguin Cafe Orchestra, Aesop Rock, Radiohead, Tinariwen, George Gershwin, R.E.M., Rage Against the Machine, Charles Mingus, Ludwig van Beethoven, Frederic Chopin, Edward Elgar, John Doyle
Visual art/film: Pablo Picasso, Yves Tanguy, Vincent Van Gogh, Akira Kirowsawa, Quentin Tarantino, Ansel Adams, Joan Miro, Louis Malle
Poetry: John Ashbery, Ron Padgett, Frank O'Hara, Kenneth Koch, Amy Clampitt, Walt Whitman, Fernando Pessoa, Seamus Heaney, Eugenio Montale, Ovid
Fiction: Ursula K. LeGuin, Philip K. Dick, Tom Disch, Kurt Vonnegut, Miguel de Cervantes, Mikhail Bulgakov,
Additional Philosophy: Ralph Waldo Emerson, Howard Zinn, Frederic Jameson, Henry David Thoreau, Walter Pater, Walter Benjamin, Frederic Engels
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I have seen a little scorpion fall out of my boot one morning as I shook my shoes out in the desert outside Las Vegas.
Teach, Learn, Share
Although it is brown and has two legs, it is a kangaroo, not a pair of pants.
What I Can Share with Hosts
Poetry, music, guided meditations, decent stir-fry dishes, books, dance, collage.
Countries I’ve Visited
Canada, France, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In