Who Is This Person

I am. It's me. Hi!

Here's a bit about me, if, you know, you're into that kind of thing.

I was born somewhere in the United States of America.

I have lived in various places in the United States of America, except for one year, which I spent in Tallinn, Estonia.

Estonia is super cool and I miss it a lot.

I went to Sarah Lawrence College, where I studied film and a bunch of other stuff, and met some great people, and became the person I am now.

Sarah Lawrence is super cool and I miss it a lot.

I write stories, novels, screenplays, stage plays, and very limited poetry. I am not a poet. I have never completed a stage play and been fully happy with it. I have completed two feature length screenplays and I don't know how many shorter ones. I have written one novel, for National Novel Writing Month 2010. I have started countless others. One of them, currently in progress, is being co-written with my partner Allison, and you can find it here on this tumblr.

I read books, plays, screenplays, graphic novels, and very limited poetry. My favorite author of any author is Jorge Luis Borges. He changed my life. My favorite books include Catch-22, The Raw Shark Texts, House of Leaves, Slaughterhouse-Five, The Poisonwood Bible, and the His Dark Materials trilogy. Favorite plays are usually by Tom Stoppard. If I list my favorite screenplays I will fall asleep before I am done, so: my favorite screenplay of any screenplay is Sunset Boulevard. It is brilliant. Favorite graphic novels include Y: The Last Man, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Watchmen, Sandman, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. When I was a kid I read Animorphs. When I was a teenager I read Lord of the Rings. I am what you would call a Huge Nerd.

I am a very slow reader, and I am trying to develop better reading habits. This past year (2011) I made it a personal goal to read thirty books. As of right now (December 1st) I am not quite there yet. If I am going to finish, I am going to have to read some short books very quickly. I will most definitely be trying again in 2012. I will almost certainly post about it here.

Other things to know about me: I like a huge variety of music, and I also know quite a bit about music in general. I have two favorite bands, Radiohead and The Paper Chase. I also think Jack Conte is the shit. I enjoy classic rock, punk, indie, and whatever man, genres are so limiting. I love classical music and opera. I don't really enjoy watching TV but I do it anyway. I watch Mad Men, Parks & Recreation, and Turner Classic Movies. When I was a kid I watched Star Trek. All the Star Treks. Except Enterprise, which does not count. Deep Space Nine is, was and always will be my favorite. You remember how I am this Huge Nerd.

In addition to writing, I make movies. I have not made a movie in a while, but it's in my bones, and I will make some again soon enough. You can see the scraps of what I have made on my Vimeo page. I write, direct, shoot and edit. Editing is my favorite part. I love many movies, but the most important ones are The Rules of the Game, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Sunset Boulevard, American Beauty, and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. These make me want to be a better filmmaker.

I like talking about quantum physics, even though I don't really understand it, but Feynman says that's okay. I also love the German language, even though I don't really speak it. Working on that.

If you have questions or just want to say hello, I can be reached at der.jedentag [at] gmail [dot] com.

("der jedentag" is German for "the every day". this is a coincidence.)

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