I moved! Again! If you still have my address on SE 27th, don't use it - I am now living on SE 36th. PM me if you need to double check.
There are THREE R's in Mrrranda! If you emailed me and it bounced, please check your spelling!
Generally speaking: non-monetary commerce, scrap/recycled materials art, temporary autonomous zones, alexithymia, cabinets of curiosities, botched taxidermy, stop-motion animation, making monsters, making messes, unauthorized installations, unsafe toys, unrequited love, unintentional surrealism, the uncanny valley, koyaanisqatsi, beautiful trees, scary trees, sleeping in trees, seed pods, skeleton leaves, bugs that look like plants, psychopomps, milagros, hearts, hands, eyes, tiny organic ephemera, kittens, foxes, bats, birds of prey, little creepy-crawlies, deep sea creatures, lovely March hares, Golden Nature Guides, cicada recipes, horror manga, Drinky Crow, Angela Carter, Joseph Cornell, Ernst Haeckel, Tim Hawkinson, Hans Bellmer, Kiki Smith.
Often a day, occasionally two days, can pass before I read (or am even aware of) PMs or emails. I do try to respond within 24 hours, but please allow two days for me to answer your PMs and/or emails.
Feeling angelic? I got the flakes, and I don't mean dandruff:
I was never rated:
Most overtly religious stuff makes me very uncomfortable - PLEASE DO NOT SEND IT. I do appreciate Inuit, Buddhist, Bön, and some Hindu art on an aesthetic level. Don't wear perfume or much make-up, currently well-stocked on lotion and lip gloss. Not interested in most girly-pastel or cutesy-wootsey stuff, but I get a kick out of kawaii things that veer into insanity (Beer-Chan, Nyan Nyan Nyanko). Love indie and experimental animation, and I like some Disney/Warner Bros., but I can do without all the Happy Meal toys and stickers and related debris.
If you're getting a journal or story or even a list from me, it won't be a Tourette's-like stream of profanity, but yeah, there might be some cursing and weird slang - unless I'm on the job, I tend to write how I talk.
I have a fifteen-year-old longhair tuxedo cat named Mr. Friendly, which he is. Whiskers grow out of his neck; he looks like a sea urchin. He vertically scales my shelves, eats any treat that is offered, destroys every toy he is given, and is still living life to the fullest.
For sweets swaps: much love for coffee, green tea, marzipan, dark chocolate, peanut butter, ginger, durian, pumpkin, sweet potato, lavender, rose hips, hazelnut, maple, Meiji Apollo strawberry chocolates, Trolli strawberry puffs, foreign Kit-Kats, Kinder Hippos, boozy cordials. Most big-brand American chocolates don't do much for me, but I like Reese's Pieces and peanut butter cups, Chick-O-Sticks, and Krackle bars. I like old-school clove gum, too. Please, no black licorice or suuuuuper-sugary stuff (Pixie Stix, rock candy).
For tea swaps: lapsang souchong, green (esp. genmai cha), and "sweet" flavored black teas, like vanilla, hazelnut, maple, etc. For fall and winter, I like orange- and apple-spice teas. That being said, pretty much anything except licorice/anise tea would be cool.
Cooking is a lot of fun to me. I love kneading dough, mixing by hand, and food that's meant to be set on fire. Sometimes I set a dishcloth or potholder on fire too - you know, just for yuks. I like Asian (especially Japanese and Thai), Indian, and starchy, buttery "comfort" foods like mac 'n' cheese. I'm an omnivorous opportunist who appreciates food from many sources, though I'm trying to be more conscious of locally-grown and free-range choices. I'm sorry that I got fat - I will slim down. I've happily eaten mealworms and cicadas, and I love durian - yes, REALLY. I have a small but treasured collection of 1950's cookbook-pamphlets, most featuring medleys of once-edible objects embedded in aspic.
My favorite color is static, but I also like black, wine/cranberry/ruby reds, greens (most shades but esp deep/hunter tones), amber, bronze, orange, dark/chocolate browns, earth tones in general.
Foetus/J.G. Thirlwell, Firewater, Calexico, Godspeed You Black Emperor, Colleen, Yma Sumac, Susumu Yokota, Amon Tobin, P. Miles Bryson, The Caretaker, Martin Denny, Steve Reich, The Residents, The Tiger Lillies, The Misfits, Mandible Chatter, Matmos, Andy Stott, Big Black, Gogol Bordello, Gang Gang Dance, Serge/Charlotte Gainsbourg, 1920-40s jazz, most bands on the Leaf label, most bands on the NorthSide label, the bottle return at Meijer Thrifty Acres, and every single slightly-malfunctioning gaudy automaton at House on the Rock. I have little soft spots for accordions and singing saws, much like fontanelles.
Fun fact: I once charmed my way into a sold-out Sixteen Horsepower show by presenting the band with a fresh-baked strawberry-rhubarb pie.
The Holy Mountain, Cat Soup, Tamala 2010, Hausu, The Mascot, Street of Crocodiles, The Abominable Dr. Phibes, Akira, Alice, Conspirators of Pleasure, The Devils, Black Lizard, Blue Velvet, Guy Maddin, Hayao Miyazaki, Ray Harryhausen, Godzilla and his kin. Not favorites, but most recently impressed by Embrace of the Serpent and A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night.
As much as I love horror movies, modern ones like Wolf Creek, Saw, etc. are so mean-spirited and focused on realistic suffering that they really put me off. Sorry, kids - I just don't "get" the torture porn explosion, and it troubles me.
Perhaps incongruously, I dig some brutal art-house offerings and ludicrous Grand Guignol/grindhouse stuff... and that first prison yard fight scene in Riki-O cracks me up every time.
I also don't like movies that expect me to be REALLY @#!% EXCITED by cars.
The Singing Detective, The Venture Brothers, Cowboy Bebop, Kemonozume, The Misadventures of Flapjack, Adventure Time, (the original) The Prisoner, (the original) Iron Chef, Green Porno, Food Party, Rick & Morty, Bob's Burgers, Stairway to Stardom, Twin Peaks. Not big on TV, here.
The Stain (Rikki DuCornet), The Mouse And His Child (Russell Hoban), Thirst for Love (Mishima - very underrated early work), A Little Girl Dreams of Taking the Veil (Max Ernst), The Gas (Charles Platt), Image of the Beast (Philip Jose Farmer), Angela Carter, Ray Bradbury, Leonora Carrington, the poet Ai. Hoban's Riddley Walker gives me a vaguely precognitive hinx....
I'm not as voracious a comic book reader as I once was, but I'm reading Fatale, Saga, and Revival, still follow the B.P.R.D. and a few manga (Berserk, Claymore, MPD Psycho). I love most of Junji Ito, Kazuo Umezu, Shintaro Kago, and Hideshi Hino's work, just picked up the recent English translation of Kitaro, too. When I need a break from trippy, blood-soaked nihilism, I turn to Andy Runton's charming, all-ages comic Owly.
Cookbooks, books on sustainable living and DIY, surrealist and decadent lit are always welcome. As you've probably guessed, romance, mainstream mystery/thrillers, Chicken Soup, and novels about 30-something-onwards women coming to terms with... things... are not.
Mixed media, shadowboxes/assemblage, collage, handbuilt ceramics, dodgy wee beasties, surrealist party games, trepanning, paper mache. I don't crochet, knit, or quilt, and I've put my stuffie-stitching on hold.
I enjoy making ATCs, but usually more than I enjoy receiving them! I might be up for a one-on-one ATC swap, but if you want one from me, feel free to offer other things in trade too.
I'm short on time for making things right now, but I'm certainly up for custom purchases. The Portland area has a couple excellent, large Asian supermarkets. I can get several kinds of Pocky and Pretz, squid jerky, octopus-flavored chips, durian and pandan items, MANY kinds of furikake... ask and I will look. If you want mainly Japanese stuff (rather than Chinese or SE Asian), it might take a little longer to get as the best place requires a trip to the 'burbs.
I've also found a couple places here that sell UK candy like Coffee Crisps and Aero Bars, as well as Branston Pickle, clotted cream, etc.
And I'm near the lovely Tao of Tea!
I've had... really bad luck with some "profile surprises," so I strongly prefer to set up swaps for specific items. I'm open to suggestions, but please run 'em by me before sending. Here are some safe bets:
If you want to do a one-on-one swap, and you have something I haven't mentioned but you think I'd like, just PM me.
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