More about the Author

Me

Name: You don’t ask, I don’t tell.

Age: Eligible for the draft.

Occupation: Serial student, full-time procrastinator and aspiring expat.

Location: Bustling New York City.

Anarchist

Politics

Anarchist. Because bigger isn’t better. Because few men can be trusted to run their own affairs, let alone the affairs of others. Because whether it’s the tyranny of the many or the tyranny of the few, it’s still tyranny. Because in the end, the forces of order and progress offer only the steel cage and the truncheon.

Politics

Intellectual Interests

History: The present may be our problem, but it is a product of the past. Disregarding or misrepesenting that past has consequences. Just ask our neo-conservative overlords who seem to be unconsciously mimicking, act for act and word for word, their British antecedents. History is not just about what happened, it's about what is still happening.

Middle East

Choice Topics

The Middle East. Next to Congress, one of the world's most fractious and unstable regions. An astonishing intersection of local and global politics. You can't escape it. A more-than-Shakespearean drama.

See also: Computers, American Politics, and Revolutions.

Monkey Wrench

Favorite Books

The Monkeywrench Gang (Edward Abbey): Sabotaging progress is a tough job, but somebody's got to do it. Sticking it to civilization.

See also: Lost Horizon (James Hilton), Hard Times (Charles Dickens), The 18th Brumaire of Louis Napoleon (Karl Marx), Interesting Times (Erich Hobsbawm), 1984 (George Orwell) and The Hitchhiker's Guide Trilogy (Douglas Adams).

Dead Kennedys

Favorite Music

Dead Kennedys: "Kill the poor." "California Uber Alles." "Holiday in Cambodia." Need more be said? Unabashedly political meets wickedly funny.

See also: Black Flag, Dropkick Murphys, They Might be Giants and The Clash. In terms of classical music, works by Sergei Prokofiev, Georg Telemann and Ludwig van Beethoven. Tom Lehrer brings good cheer to all too.

Matrix

Favorite Movies

The Matrix: dystopia on the big screen. The individual against the machine. Literally.

See also: Monty Python's ridiculous Life of Bryan, the Marx Brothers' no less ridiculous Duck Soup, North by Northwest, and of a less ancient vintage (not to mention considerable contemporary applicability) V for Vendetta and Fight Club .

Pyrenees

Favorite Places

The Pyrenees: southern France and northern Spain host Europe's second highest mountain range. Good food, great trails, and the sort of wildness not really present in the Alps.

See also: California's Lassen and Sequoia national parks, as well as its central coast and the city of San Francisco. In Switzerland, the cantons of Graudbunden and Ticino and the city of Lausanne.

Edward Abbey

Footsteps to Remember

The desert anarchist casts a long shadow. A man who lived his life as he pleased. A man with a cause. A man of contradictions. A man of considerable wit. A man whose contributions (literary and otherwise) have outlived him.

"There never was a good war or a bad revolution." – Edward Abbey.

Amen to that.