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  • Fluent in English, French; learning Algonquin, Spanish
  • 31, Male
  • Member since 2006
  • Writer, marauder, peruser, doctoral ...
  • BA, Sarah Lawrence College. MA, Rutg...
  • From Texas (the Hill Country; the Mexican borderlands; San Antonio)
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About Me


Return from exile.


I was never any good at being still. I grew up deep in the desert, so maybe there's some kind of adaptive nomadism in me, which has admittedly slowed down my efforts to make a simple and stable home for myself in recent years: €”to be quietly in a place, to be peaceful right now, to arrive at some kind of disembodied stillness that relies no longer on the invisible things over the horizon.

These days, I'm working on a Ph.D. in English literature, which is starting to center me in the way that I've been wishing for, but in the meantime I'll still be keeping on with voyaging and learning and trying and seeming. And I have one or two mighty projects to check off the list before the red sun sets on this long chapter of my life.


Patiently, as tarmac under hammers, patiently, as what is new matures, patiently, as death must be awaited, patiently, as vengeance may be nursed—

So I shall wait for you. (One look down to earth. Cobblestones. Lips between teeth. And numb.)

Patiently, as sloth can be prolonged, patiently, as someone threading beads.

Toboggans squeak outside; the door answers. Now the wind's roar is inside the forest. What has arrived is writing, whose corrections are lofty as a change of reign, or a prince's entrance.

And let's go home! this is inhuman Yet it's mine. -Maria Tsvetaeva, 1923

Why I'm on Couchsurfing


It started several years ago, during a phenomenal and demanding year in Seoul, South Korea. A lot of time has come and gone since then, during which this community has carried me through some forty countries and far too many cities to count. From Québec to my Texan homeland to the San Francisco Bay, or across a journey from Singapore to Hong Kong, or from start to finish on a solo, heartbroken, perhaps ill-advised motorcycle ride across a couple thousand miles of the wintery American West, CS has served me well and brought me into contact with a great array of wonderful and cherished people. I do believe that I currently owe the system, and hope that I'll be able to even my balance in time.


CS has been in my life for long enough now that it's tough to recall how things were before the days when you could hit the road knowing that not all of the world's doors are locked. I can honestly say that I've made lifetime friends through this site, and not a few lifelong memories, and wouldn't trade a bit of it for anything.


I read and I read and I read. My life for now is lived in old libraries, among dusty things and the dead, and so my time elsewhere is given whenever possible to the new and the green and the living: I run through Prospect Park; I ride my motorcycle across the Brooklyn Bridge, and feel the air turn colder above the water; I grow vegetables on my fire-escape; I take photographs on film, because to make an image rise from a bath of liquid, to hold it between two hands, is an act of creation.

Music, Movies & Books

Brooklyn 2010-2013 The Black Keys' Brothers Bon Iver's For Emma William Bartram's Travels Robert Tallant's Voodoo in New Orleans Herman Melville's Moby-Dick

Austin 2010 Willie Nelson's Country Music Heartless Bastards' The Mountain Robert Bly's Silence in the Snowy Fields T.E. Fehrenbach's The Comanches

Bangkok 2009 Cabeza de Vaca's Narratives Bob Dylan. "Boots of Spanish Leather." Again and again. Dear Tick's Born on Flag Day

San Francisco 2009 The Blind Boys of Alabama Pablo Neruda's Collected Poems Somerset Maugham's The Razor's Edge

Montréal 2008 Sigur Ros' Takk The Arcade Fire Milan Kundera's The Unbearable Lightness of Being

New York City 2008 Neil Young's Harvest Moon Wallace Stevens' Collected Poems The Departed

Seoul 2007 Bob Dylan's Another Side TV on the Radio's Return to Cookie Mountain Thomas Wolfe's Look Homeward, Angel Paris, je t'aime

Paris 2005-2006 Cat Stevens' Greatest Hits The Decemberists' Castaways and Cutouts Gabriel Garcia Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude Bernard-Henri Lévy's American Vertigo Caché

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Out at the end of Golden Gate Park is a little hill where you can watch the freighters coming into the Bay from Singapore and Shanghai. At first, they register only as boats—impressive, yes, but just boats. But on realizing that they've just crossed half the world the old-fashioned way, they turn into hulking symbols of all the crazy and beguiling things over the horizon that keep us all on the road. If somebody offered me a job on a freighter, I'd take it in a heartbeat.

Teach, Learn, Share

Forþon cnyssað nu • heortan geþohtas • þæt ic hean streamas, • sealtyþa gelac • sylf cunnige — • monað modes lust • mæla gehwylce • ferð to feran, • þæt ic feor heonan • elþeodigra • eard gesece...Indeed, they are troubled, the thoughts of my heart, that I myself should strive with the high streams, the tossing of salt waves — the wish of my heart urges at all times my spirit to go forth, that I, far from here, should seek the homeland of a foreign people...

Countries I've Visited

Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Republic of, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, Morocco, Myanmar, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Vatican City State, Viet Nam

Countries I've Lived In

Canada, France, Korea, Republic of, Thailand, United States

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