“There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.”
Back to School Soundtrack*
(*for best results, set to random)
Peter Bjorn and John, “Young Folks”
Nick Cave, “Rather Lovely Thing”
The Flaming Lips, “Race for the Prize”
The Killers, “Mr. Brightside”
The Wrens, “This Boy Is Exhausted”
The Replacements, “Alex Chilton”
Iggy Pop, “Gimme Danger”
The Pixies, “Letter to Memphis”
Elvis Costello, “Less than Zero”
Husker Du, “The Girls Who Lives on Heaven Hill”
Iron and Wine, “Such Great Heights”
The Get Up Kids, “Coming Clean”
Name: Jeremy Brown
Birthday: August 31
Star sign: Virgo
Relationship status: Single
I’m back at Bradford after spending a year on safari with my parents. Believe it or not, the wildlife in Kenya was probably tamer than your average Bradford party. I’m really into photography, and tend to spend more time in the darkroom than out on the town.
Africa was a slower, more solitary kind of lifestyle. I’m still getting used to being back, and take my time getting the lay of the land before jumping in.
Activities: Photography (for myself, and sometimes on behalf of the Bradford Prep publications).
Interests:Africa: topography, politics, and flora and fauna of; editing and sharing my pics, social reform, undiscovered indie bands on the brink of greatness, used bookstores, community parks, artisanal cheese (one good reason to be back).
Music: Too much to list and it’s always changing, but hereI’s a sample of the current rotation: Pixies, Wrens, Nirvana, Arcade Fire, the Hold Steady, Cat Empire, Soul Coughing, Neko Case, Lou Reed/Velvet Underground/the other Nico, Elliott Smith, Neutral Milk Hotel, Pinback, Moby, Portishead, Massive Attack, Built to Spill, Band of Horses, Cat Power, Simon & Garfunkel, Santana, The Beatles, The Stones, Nick Drake, Bob Dylan, Mazzy Star, the Only Ones, Stars, Silversun Pickups.
Books: The Catcher in the Rye (there’s a reason it’s a classic), Everything Is Illuminated, The Human Stain, Holidays in Hell (and really anything by P.J. O’Rourke), the complete works of David Sedaris, most of Bill Bryson’s stuff, Assassination Vacation, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Billy Corrigan, Updike, Steinbeck, Ibsen, Gibson, Russell Banks.
TV shows: I don’t watch a ton of TV, but I do dig No Reservations, House, most stuff on History Channel, and This American Life.
Movies: Anything Kubrick, but especially Dr. Strangelove (“There’s no fighting in the War Room!”), City of God, The Constant Gardener, Tape, Half Nelson, Do the Right Thing, Metropolis, Y Tu Mamá También, most Almodóvar.
Hangouts: Penn Book Center, AIA Bookstore, Brickbat Books, AKA Music, Milkboy Coffee, World Café Live, First Unitarian, TLA.
Hot spots: Morocco, The Ark in Aberdares National Park (Kenya), Tanzania, Zanzibar, Belize, Costa Rica, Brazil, Micronesia, Bhutan, Cambodia, Thailand.
“He felt that his whole life was some kind of dream and he often wondered whose it was and whether they were enjoying it.”
—Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
“Creativity is a drug I cannot live without.”
—Cecil B. DeMille
“Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd.”