I was born in Los Angeles, California, where I grew up loitering around film sets, art museums, and the borderlands between city and wilderness. I studied fine art in New York, and, after a series of improbable career jumps, turned my attention to writing. In addition to topics like contemporary culture, perception and the distant future, I am fascinated by languages.
I moved to Germany in 2009 with no knowledge of the German language other than the lyrics to Wayne Newton’s “Danke Schoen”. Since then, my language adventures have included picking up enough German to sometimes be mistaken for a local imbecile; hitchhiking around Europe speaking pidgin Spanish with Eastern European truck drivers; using Dungeons & Dragons as a tool to teach English to kids; and learning useful new words from a German doctor – like Zecke, Bauchnabel and Lyme-Borreliose – after a scenic hike in the Black Forest.When not getting lost on ill-advised treks, I live and work in Berlin.