Harry Pariser

San Francisco, CA, United States

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  • Writer, author, graphic designer, artist, photographer, cook
  • BS, Boston University. Major, Public Communications Minor...
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About Me


Trying to figure out how to live when we are governed by a system whose only 'ethic' is greed


I live in San Francisco, and I have traveled to Europe, Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, and Central (and now) South America. I have lived in Japan, written travel guides to seven destinations, and have explored remote areas of Asia. I can speak English (obviously!), Spanish, Indonesian, and Japanese.

These are three travel apps I have created:

Barbados Travel Companion


Explore St. John


Experience Indonesia!


Android versions:





Enlightened self interest, e.g. the common good is in my benefit. Try to control what I can influence by contacting my political "leaders" etc.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


I have hosted couchsurfers and met with several abroad. I have participated in events here in SF.


I have not yet stayed with anyone, but I have many experiences being invited into peoples' homes, especially in Southeast Asia.


Politics, world music, history, linguistics, painting, photography, computers (Mac), graphic design, food, anthropology, social change, economics, philosophy, nature, ecosystems, printmaking, ceramics, architecture, archaeological sites, ancient art, rainforests, mechanisms of social control, cults, religion, theater, dance

Music, Movies, and Books

I like independent films and documentaries, including ones from Japan, Korea, China, Iran, India, the US and Canada. Samples: Darwin's Nightmares, all Adam Curtis documentaries, Fish Tank, Phyllis and Harold, Ozu, Bergman, Miike, etc.

I read both fiction and nonfiction, esp. Indian authors (largely Parsees), Anne Tyler, John Updike, V.S. Naipaul, Arundhati Roy, etc.... Too many to name!

I like jazz (Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Matthew Shipp, salsa, African music (Mali, Zimbabwe in particular), folk music and some blues, rock and R&B. I don't like heavy metal or hiphop....

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Hiking up Gunung Penanggungan in East Java after sleeping with Hindu pilgrims halfway up.

Hitchiking around Hokkaido.

Traveling by boat (cargo/passenger) around Eastern Indonesia.

Hitchiking across the United States/

Teach, Learn, Share

I can cook (but no meat or fowl; I do eat fish) spicy food very well. Graphic design, writing, editing, knowledge about the arts.

Countries I’ve Visited

Barbados, Belize, Cambodia, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Egypt, El Salvador, Greece, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Italy, Jamaica, Kenya, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Netherlands, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Tunisia, Uganda, United States, Vatican City State, Viet Nam, Virgin Islands, British

Countries I’ve Lived In

Japan, United States

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