Hometown: This is a weird question because I have lived in so many different places. I grew up in Uxbridge, Massachusetts, but I have lived in London, Ontario; San Francisco, California; and Norfolk, Virginia, and now I am back on the West Coast, living in Los Angeles.
Favorite Bands/Music: I grew up in the Massachusetts hardcore scene, but my tastes include '80s post-punk bands like Joy Division and Mission of Burma, early '90s emo bands like Sunny Day Real Estate and Jawbreaker, and post-hardcore bands like Orchid and Portraits of Past. If you check my iPod, though, I am probably listening to The Smiths.
About Me: I have three brothers and one sister, all younger than me by a ridiculous amount of time—twin brothers 6 years younger, a sister 12 years younger, and a brother 24 years younger. I would usually rather sit on my couch at home than be at a party. I like traveling and have been to almost every U.S. state and Canadian province.
I Like: Painting, playing with cats, pigeons, watching hockey, eating delicious food, running, the smell of old books, sleeping in, The Mighty Boosh, Flight of the Conchords, Jack Kerouac and Albert Camus, animal rights, straight edge, Doctor Who, and the French language
I Dislike: Slow Internet speeds, cold weather, walking in the rain, grocery shopping, apathetic attitudes, and in-fighting within social movements
Why You Went Vegan: I claimed straight edge when I was 19 years old. This introduced me to a whole slew of ideas that are heavily intertwined with straight edge, including vegetarian and vegan diets. A year later, I went vegetarian. My thinking was that I would never kill a cow or a pig, so why should I pay someone else to do the same thing? I finally adopted a fully vegan lifestyle a few years later, realizing that wearing the skin of an animal or drinking their milk is just as cruel as eating them.
Companion Animals: I share my life with and am owned by two cats. They are demanding, bossy little monsters, but I love them both, and I can't imagine my life without them.
Craziest Thing You Have Ever Done: Once, when I was about to start a tour for peta2, we decided that it would be best to get there as quickly as possible so that we could have a few days to relax before the tour started. The three of us drove nonstop the nearly 3,000 miles from Norfolk to Seattle. By the time we made it to our destination, I was totally sick of being in a car.