I was tagged.
1. I have this theory that people are either Sea people or Mountain people. I’m a mountain person. Martin was a sea person. Martin would crave the flat horizon line, and we would go to the Buffalo Waterfront to get a fix (although that’s just Lake Erie). I crave cragginess. One thing I like about Virginia is the constant presence of rolling hills in the background. I think it has to do with how one processes the sublime. The age and resilience of rock and earth comforts me at the same time that it shows how insignificant I am. For others, it’s the smoothness and erasure of the ocean that provides this effect.
2. My favorite book is Mrs. Dalloway.
3. I really like textiles and textile arts. Recently this has led me to an interest in “folk art” over “high art.”
4. I was born and razed in Birmingham, Alabama, in a smallish elite town called Mountain Brook. The schools were good and the landscaping pretty. The people who live there are, however, on the whole, atrocious. Imagine Pleasantville before color. Imagine George Bush times 30,000, all in one place.
5. My favorite color is green. Any shade of green will do.
6. I used to know a lot about music history and especially about experimental notation. Unfortunately I have not had to use this knowledge much in the past few years and it’s getting rusty. You can see some of my early fascination with scoring here.
7. When I was growing up, I wanted to be: a teacher, a journalist, a writer, a paleontologist, a nuclear physicist, an architect, a civil engineer. I was not good at math. I think I would be better at it now. Like physical coordination I think I was just a late bloomer where math is concerned.
8. I have recently become addicted to Hot & Spicy V8, with or without vodka.