Well, yeah, of course: art. What is life but art? The Earth
moved for me when I saw my first
van Gogh. I'd like to visit The Louvre someday, but when I
go to Paris, I seem to get stuck at the Musée d'Orsay ...
or, more specifically, I'm stuck in the the room of van Goghs at
the Musée d'Orsay.
Oh how I miss it.
I learned to read from comic strips, and the medium has
fascinated me all my life: comic strips, comic books, graphic
novels, and animated cartoons. It's sad to see how much of the
potential of this medium goes unfulfilled. There was a great
blossoming of comic book and graphic novel talent in the 1980s,
and maybe someday I'll devote a web page to those glory days.
For now, all I've got is a nice little
funnies web page, focusing mostly on comic
I seem to have a preference for dark food. I like my
coffee roasted dark. I like my chocolate dark,
too: in the U.S. I need a constant supply of
Chocolove or Swartenbroeckx, both from Belgium, but
what I really want is Cacao et Chocolat, from Paris. I prefer
breads and pastas made with whole flours (otherwise, where's
the flavor?). My favorite beers are
stouts and my favorite wines are red.
I was born in the U.S. state named for a forest and grew up
on Forest Avenue. My birthday is the Autumnal Equinox, which
some say makes me a "wood nymph," with a special affinity for
trees. I'm inclined to agree. Naturally, I'm also an unrepentant
On summer evenings I half-expect to hear cicadas, but there
are no cicadas where I live anymore. Instead there is the scent
of night-blooming jasmine. Other scents of jasmine have been
captured, in flowers clipped from the plant or in essences
distilled into bottles; but this scent is unique to the ones
that bloom at night.
Books are also really important to me, and I also
read a lot of periodicals. I like to explore ideas, so I'm an
avid reader. No time to read? Here's an idea: kill your
The first time I took care of a rosebush, I read some books
and ignored most of the advice they gave, which seemed like
pretty extreme pruning. Instead, I went with what the plant
seemed to be telling me, and was rewarded with many wonderful
I live in the San Francisco Bay Area. A lot of things
attracted me to this area, but foremost among them was when,
during my first visit to the area, I took a walk through the
East Bay and met friendly folks of many races, living in the
same communities. (I would later learn that Oakland is the
world's most integrated city.)
San Francisco itself, of course, is well-known as a city
open to folks with sexual orientations up and down the Kinsey
This is not to say that there aren't plenty of problems with
racism and homophobia in the area. Indeed, there are varieties
of racism and racist stereotyping out here that I didn't even
know existed! Nonetheless, an integrated society is exactly the
type of society I want to live in. Here's a good start.
I first became aware of typefaces when I noticed that a lot
of books published in the 1970s had covers featuring a really
nifty typeface, with interesting diagonals and some really fun
ligatures (a word I wouldn't learn until much later on). The
typeface was Avant Garde, and
to this day I associate it with the exploration of esoteric
ideas ... in paperback format.
In the 1980s, a handful of Queer Nation activists with a
Macintosh and some fluorescent stickers came up with a very
dynamic and distinctive look that was soon copied far and wide.
I wouldn't be at all surprised if there's a church auxiliary
tea 'n' bingo newsletter somewhere with a masthead rendered in
Antique Olive Bold
on a neon green background.
The typeface used on some of the title headings on these
pages is Caslon Antique, and I'm quite fond of it, even though
it's starting to be overused these days. It was resurrected
from obscurity by
Earth First!, and now you see it on everything from
coffee cans to yuppified neighborhood newspapers. I was particularly
amused when the Sierra Club -- presumably attempting to regain
their edge -- made Earth First!ish ads calling for the
protection of ancient forests, featuring this very