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Allan Andre

New York, NY, United States

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Overview

  • 17 Positive References
  • Fluent in English; learning French
  • 28, Male
  • Member since 2006
  • Poet and musician
  • Ongoing
  • From New York, New York
  • Profile 65% complete

About Me

CURRENT MISSION

To write, make music, and cuddle up to the void.

ABOUT ME

I am a poet and composer. I make my living playing the typewriter and saxophone.

PHILOSOPHY

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.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

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.

Interests

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 & Books

Jazz saxophonist Ornette Coleman is my musical hero and mentor. My life has gotten much richer since discovering him a couple years ago.

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

United States

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