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"I am trying to come to the point"
Living off raw rice and squirrels full of shot and writing epitaphs and looking at the trees feeling like Thoreau, five o'clock shadow boxing all around town, trying to map thunderclaps to diagrams of ocular pathways, rods as lightning and cones as rain, raining ink into salt water and wondering whether my time would be more profitably spent collecting rainwater to salt the inky squidfish for supper or maybe it should be catfish fried in tears but then I'd need collard greens because Carson McCullers says so, and since when have I ever been interested in cooking anyway, haven't we been over the raw rice and squirrels - this site is clearly hacking into the formerly dormant gendernormative caverns of my brain - not to imply that my brain is unusually big, just full of holes, like Swiss cheese ("what do you mean - hard?"), and is talking in quotes OK it probably bloody is, anyway it's my dearest ambition to be a toymaker or maybe a puppeteer because it makes me feel all redblooded and visceral to be doing things with my hands - take that gendernormativity.
Lifestrands as weaving silk. But I'll tell you in person (given half a chance)
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
St Denis lifedrawing. Parisian wanderings with fellow initiates. Generally rabidly enthusiastic endorsement of the whole endeavour.
Surfing experiences unparalleled - Pacific Northwest, 2010, Paris, Eastern Europe, South East Asia, North Africa.. Attended a few meetings in London and am doing so now with renewed vigour in Paris, met loads of CSers - superlative people. Whistlestop tours all, but lovingly recollected.
Writing, reading, swimming, extrapolating.
Music, Movies, and Books
Pollock, Basquiat, Rauschenberg, Schiele, Picabia, de Kooning, Bacon, Soutine, Constant, Toulouse Lautrec, Degas, de Stael, Rothko, Braque, Chagall, Marlene Dumas, Christo, Goya, Gorky, Matisse, Picasso, Franny and Zooey, Lolita, Tropic of Cancer, The Book of Disquiet, Humboldt's Gift, Les Mandarins, Disgrace, If On A Winter's Night A Traveller, The Threepenny Novel, Kiss of the Spiderwoman, Labyrinths, Tristram Shandy, Henry IV Part I, A Moveable Feast, House of Leaves, Leaves of Grass, Chaos, I and Thou, Ficciones, A Streetcar Named Desire, Parfum, Wise Children, Illuminations, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, The Catcher in the Rye, Mrs Dalloway, The Secret History, La Nausee, The Bluest Eye, Les Fourmis, Burning Your Boats, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Manhattan Transfer, The Masnavi, Death and the Penguin, East of Eden, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Master and Margarita, The Naked Civil Servant, A Clockwork Orange, Heart of Darkness, Liliom, Salammbo, The Pale King, The World of Yesterday, Creatures That Were Once Men, Anatomy of Restlessness, In Patagonia, Withnail and I, Todo Sobre mi Madre, Good Morning Vietnam, The Deer Hunter, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Bright Young Things, There Will Be Blood, All About Eve, Dr Strangelove, The Hours, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, The Fisher King, Julia, The Great Escape, Cool Hand Luke, Cabaret, A Night on Earth, The Remains of the Day, Apocalypse Now, Amelie, Some Like It Hot, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Legends of the Fall, Dancer in the Dark, Taxi Driver, Mean Streets, L'Amico di Famiglia, My Own Private Idaho, Velvet Goldmine, Les Triplettes de Belleville, Playtime, Pulp Fiction, The Indian Runner, The Wild One, Hudsucker Proxy, Dog Day Afternoon, Fire Walk With Me, Blue Velvet, The Tenant, I'm Not There, The Holy Grail, Life of Brian, O Brother Where Art Thou?, FITZCARRALDO, Blazing Saddles, The English Patient, Down By Law, Blues Brothers, Romeo + Juliet, Funny Games, Pi, The Mudge Boy, Into the Wild, Man on Wire, Bus 174, Guillemots, Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Jeff Buckley, Tim Buckley, Lord Buckley, Prince, Radiohead, David Bowie, Antony and the Johnsons, Nick Cave, Pink Floyd, Manic Street Preachers, The Cure, Smashing Pumpkins, Bjork, Miles Davis, Noir Desir, PJ Harvey, Patti Smith, Sigur Ros, Captain Beefheart, Velvet Underground, Johnny Cash, Skunk Anansie, Ryan Adams, PIXIES, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Jimi Hendrix, RATM, Janis Joplin, Edith Piaf, Yann Tiersen, Marvin Gaye, Led Zeppelin, Serge Gainsbourg, Erik Satie, T-Rex, Curtis Mayfield, Blind Boys of Alabama, Bright Eyes, Bonnie "Prince" Billie, Portishead, Van Morrison, The Music, Funkadelic, Queen, The New Pornographers, FM Einheit, Juke Baritone, Simon & Garfunkel, Ray Charles, Dire Straits, Joe Cuba, Janelle Monae, Bob Marley, Manu Chao, The Real Tuesday Weld, Frank Zappa, Pearl Jam, Fats Domino, Ali Farka Toure, Massive Attack, Cocteau Twins, Os Mutantes, Cat Power, King Curtis, Nick Drake, Nina Simone, RJD2, Delibes, Richard Hawley, Elbow, Sinead O'Connor, Jascha Heifetz, Arcade Fire, Leonard Cohen, Sam Cooke, The Beta Band, Chuck Berry, Daft Punk, Nine Inch Nails, Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros, Billie Holiday, The Smiths, Sam & Dave, Cage, Venetian Snares, LCD Soundsystem, The Hold Steady, Macadam Orkestra, Ismael Lo, The White Stripes, Mark Lanegan, The Cranberries, Sleater-Kinney, Roland Kirk, Dresden Dolls, Fischerspooner, The National, TV on the Radio
I realise this could go on for some time.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
The Redwoods, CA. Naked fruitfighting in the vaults under London Bridge. A swing on top of a hill in Tuscany. Mists of rain over the Neva. Climbing Toubkal. The Atlantic and bonfires after 30 days of walking across Spain.
Teach, Learn, Share
Versed in little but enthusiastic about much. I sculpt, write, and teach lifedrawing, model, rant, and fashion elaborate puppets and stage sets. Currently writing my 2nd novel. I have recently become apprenticed to a carpenter. I am in love with maverick etymologies and storytelling of all kinds, and am always learning languages - too many, usually, to be strictly coherent at all times. I want to start an art college/ecocommune (Black Mountain/826 Valencia/Yaddo) and am forever scouting for interest, partners and funding. Currently acharning myself in the direction of Deleuze & Kierkegaard in a formation dirigée & soutenue. Learning the path of Gurdjieff & Ouspensky, Rumi, Buber and other unexpected, non-denominational sages, in an unexpected, non-denominational way. Susceptibility to synchronicity and lapses of awe before beauty or horror. Anthropology, development and humanitarianism are everpresent sattelites, orbiting the nebulae of my intent. Rivets, darkrooms, traintracks and the spoken word. Inability to concede defeat in the task of reducing all ecstatic phenomena of the known world into a text box. Hey ho...
Countries I’ve Visited
Canada, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Malaysia, Morocco, Russian Federation, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Viet Nam
Countries I’ve Lived In
Cameroon, France, Ireland, Italy, United Kingdom