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42-year-old native of North Carolina; I've lived in Charlotte, Boone, Chapel Hill and Carrboro. Alongside varied sporadic Wikipedia contributions, I've contributed to a handful of other publications and several online sites, with cultural studies, music, film and literature as key areas of focus.

Lemon-citrus limon seedling

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The Work[edit]

Jobs held have inculded writing film & music reviews, purchasing for a music distribution company, varied levels of retail, editing for publication, multi-tasking in a food co-op, and touring bassist for a rock/punk band. I began playing bass guitar when I was 17. I am listed as a contributor to the Senses Of Cinema film journal; varied bits of my writing appear on several not-especially prestigious websites.

The Hobbies[edit]

  • Film

French, Italian, Iranian, Bengali, Chinese, Hong Kong, Japanese

  • Music

punk, post-punk, jazz, early fusion, 20th century classical, new wave, old-time, bluegrass, garage/psych, krautrock, classic rock, rock en Espanol, international garage, gamelan...On certain days I think Talking Heads and The Clash were perhaps, interchangeably, the greatest rock bands ever.

  • Literature & Art

primarily, but not limited to Latin-American (20th century) literature, Chinese (classical) literature, Japanese (20th century) literature, Russian, the history and evolution of certain literary and arts movements (surrealism, the Harlem renaissance, beat literature, magic realism, dada, pop art)

  • Meteorology

I'm a weather geek. A long-term project is collecting and documenting the history of severe weather events (hurricanes, tornadoes, blizzards, ice storms) in the eastern U.S.

  • Botany

Citrus, solanaceae, annonaceae are a few particulars. I have container-cultivated lemon, guava, strawberry guava, red guava, yuzu, calamondin, pacay, and a few other things lurking about the apartment.

African-American history and civil rights, LGBT rights and issues, the 1960s, the 1970s social change & sociology, maps (I collect vintage street maps of American cities), Asian history, Buddhism, politics, nature and anthropology are but a few of many interests.

The Bio[edit]


My extended family is to be found in New York, New Jersey, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Wisconsin, and California; various extended family members have lived - at some point - in Jamaica, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, The Philippines, South Korea, and a handful of other notable spots. I love to travel though it doesn't happen nearly as often as I would like.


Thus far, I've visited 17 states in the U.S., 86 of the 100 counties in North Carolina, and 4 other countries. There are many, many places in the world I would love to see.


I am a pisces, Meyers-Briggs INTP, and fall just below the Aspergers clinical threshold. I am a recent cancer survivor.


In 1998, the PBS series P.O.V. aired the documentary Family Name (directed by New York-based filmmaker Macky Alston), which investigated in depth the family history and genealogy of both the black and white sides of my paternal family lineage. I am a distant cousin to artists Romare Bearden and Charles Alston. I was once a neighbor to an individual who played a key role in the American Civil-rights movement.

Favorite Things[edit]


Jorge Luis Borges' Labyrinths
Vladimir Nabokov's Pale Fire
Bohumil Hrabal's I Served The King Of England
Peter Matthiessen's The Snow Leopard
Don DeLillo's White Noise
Pu Songling's Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio
Han Shaogong's A Dictionary of Maqiao
Julio Cortázar's Hopscotch
Felipe Alfau's Locos: A Comedy of Gestures
Jun'ichirō Tanizaki's Seven Japanese Tales


Television's Marquee Moon
Talking Heads' More Songs About Buildings and Food
Miles Davis' In A Silent Way
Pere Ubu's The Modern Dance
Pylon's Hits
Eric Dolphy's Stockholm Sessions
Mahavishnu Orchestra's Birds of Fire
Al Green's Greatest Hits
The Velvet Underground's V.U.
The Clash's London Calling


Sansho the Bailiff
Sunset Boulevard
Cleo from 5 to 7
A Touch of Zen
Being There
Mysterious Object at Noon

The Geek Part Of The Page[edit]


AmericaAfrica.svg This user's ethnicity is
African American.
WikiProject Film This user is a member of WikiProject Film.
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WikiProject Japan.
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a collection of books This user is a member of the Novels WikiProject.


Lotus-buddha.svg This user is a Buddhist.
This user firmly believes that this is a better world because of the presence of dogs. Hand puppet laudi.jpg
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This user supports the legalization of same-sex marriage.
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Puerto Rico to be either
a State or a sovereign country.
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Consumption: Edibles, Not Tuberculosis[edit]

Bananas.jpg This user eats bananas.
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Chicken Tikka Masala.jpg This user would likely die without eating the occasional curry.
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--Davidals (talk) 07:49, 19 January 2011 (UTC)

The Evening Has Been Proclaimed A Hootenanny[edit]

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BÖC This user says:
"Don't fear the reaper!"
TC This user listens to The Clash.
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DEVO "Q: Are we not men? A: "We are DEVO!"
🎸 This user plays the guitar.
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fan-3 This user loves Shugo Tokumaru.

Habits & Vices[edit]

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Java-4 This user is an expert coffee drinker.

Hobbies & Interests[edit]

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This user is a cat lover.
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This user is interested in Chinese culture.
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ghost towns.
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This user is interested in the Modernist period.
... This user wishes to study more religions.
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This user is interested in
Zen Buddhism.

Navel Gazing[edit]

Pink triangle.svg This user identifies as gay.
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INTP This user's MBTI type is INTP.
Pisces This user's astrological sign
is Pisces.
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Nuvola apps amor.svg This user wishes he had a boyfriend.
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This user has far too many userboxes.
C2H5OH-1 This user drinks relatively infrequently. He or she is probably the better for it.
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South English This user is a native speaker of southern english Y'all!
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This user is interested in maps and mapmaking.
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You're Stepping On The Popcorn[edit]

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