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Highly improvisational, but within a matrix of very old traditions.
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Have lived in several arts collectives, which always involves a lot of interesting people coming in and out. Lived with a long-term squatter who went on to work for Google, nice guy.
Music, Movies, and Books
Books: Excessive. Schlock, children's books, books on the train in 30 minute chunks. Georges Perec (Life: A Users Manual is fantastic, but everything he's written is a beautiful trip down the shimmering boulevards of the infraordinary), Harry Mulisch's "The Discovery of Heaven" (glittering jewel), William T. Vollman (everything; nobody that I'm aware of writes about whores, violence, poverty, and underbellies better than him), David Foster Wallace (Infinite Jest changed my life, and this might make me a jerk), Joseph Campbell's "The Power of Myth" (got me to care), Georges Bataille's "The Story of the Eye" & "The Solar Anus"(the story of the eye is such metaphysically dirty smut- i was actually shocked, which is saying something for me) , Walker Evans's "American Photographs" (definitive), Twyla Tharp's "The Creative Habit" (best book about non-kink discipline ever), Gilbert & George's book of interviews (as is so often the case, they are more interesting as people than artists), "Juniper Fuse" by Clayton Eschellman (cave art and The Black Goddess and Amanita Muscaria and vulvaform rock formations, by a poet...), the entire creative output of R. Crumb (inspirational literature), big coffee table books of cave art and astronomy & Rauschenberg (because you have to spend money on something), House of Oracles: a Huang Yong Ping Retrospective (Taoist avant-garde- who wants to teach me Chinese and run away to France, where he's expatriated?), everything by David Shrigley (not many other artists are so specific with such bare means), "Confederacy of Dunces" by John Kennedy O'Toole (Formative to my adolescence, resulting in longstanding fantasies of new orleans), "In the Realms of the Unreal" by John M. Macgregor (Henry Darger as a test case outlines the dangers of doing what it takes to be truly prolific), Shomei Tomatsu's "The Skin of a Nation" (stunningly beautiful photography of nuclear fallout- did you know that my country's use of depleted uranium in Iraq is going to result in a generation of Iraqi mutants, with a death toll likely to be larger than that of Hiroshima?), most things Beckett (for a real sense of the trance i find it best to read his shorter stuff twice back to back), "Ubu Roi" by Alfred Jarry (ether punx), Wolfe's "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test" (god bless my 12th grade AP english teacher for sending me down that road with this little paperback), Kerouac/Ginsberg/Bukowski (I went to a small liberal arts college), Eugene Ionesco in small and satisfying doses (one needs sense to appreciate nonsense), Spalding Gray's "Sex & Death to the Age 14" (again, formative to my adolescence), everything by Vonnegut (I went to a small liberal arts college), "The Illuminatus Trilogy" by Robert Anton Wilson (definitive book of paranoia), "Godel Escher Bach" & "Metamagical Themas" by Douglas Hofstadter (this was my pretentious childhood- i thought i wanted to play with computers when I grew up) everything by Hunter S. Thompson (but especially his first book on Hell's Angels), Yoko Ono's "Grapefruit" (so she distracted a Beatle- i love to hear her scream), Dante's divine comedy (Inferno gets all the publicity but Purgatorio is actually best), Wendell Berry's "Recollected Essays" (get offline and go outside- you, sitting there, reading this- go), Walter Benjamin "On Hashish" & his Arcades Project (how to wander, how to fail to organize, how to dream in the infra-ordinary), Paul Auster's "Timbuktu" & "Mr. Vertigo" (the arc of a life), Tom Robbins's "Still Life With Woodpecker" (sexy & fun in proportions i would like to make my own), Thoreau's "Walden", America: Bride of the Sun (after France and New Orleans: Argentina), "On Longing" by Susan Stewart (on the gigantic and miniature), Michael Pollan's "The Omnivore's Dilemma" (which made me a vegetarian, briefly), "Owl's Head" by Rosamond Purcell (though really her whole output in all media- "Bookworm" is a really nice introduction), James Agee's "Let Us Now Praise Famous Men" (which succeeds because it fails), Greg Bottoms's "The Colorful Apocalypse" (on outsider artists who are right up there with Artaud, but filtered through neocon normalizing forces instead of mental institutions), "Different Loving" by Gloria & William Brame & Jon Jacobs (best part: the interview with Danny The Wonder Pony), "Wisconsin Death Trip" by Michael Lesy (this man was my advisor during my first year of college, which was both inspirational and moribund), more. if you've made it this far then please, let's talk, you're inexhaustible.
Movies: Back to the Future 3, Gremlins 2, Babe 2, The Holy Mountain, Jacob's Ladder, Glory at Sea, Legally Blonde, Tampopo, Sweet Movie, Annie Hall
Music: Boredoms, WWOZ, WFMU, Sun Ra, Maher Shalal Hash Baz, $mallChange, Dirtyfinger, Ariel Pink, Sublime Frequencies, Sun City Girls, Bob Dylan, noise shows, Gus Canon's Jug Stompers, GamelanTron.
Food: Asian, thai. I generally run on eggs and high protien/low carbohydrate diets. So glad to be back in NYC with the killer slice.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I made a point of watching the sun both rise and set every day for a month, and have never experienced anything like it.
Teach, Learn, Share
Juggling, tarot, photography, conflict mediation.