Hometown: I was born in Pennsylvania but moved to Virginia Beach, Virginia, before I had all my permanent teeth.
Favorite bands: Pavement, Bright Eyes, Rilo Kiley, Nirvana, Cat Power, Galaxie 500, the Breeders, Neutral Milk Hotel, the Mountain Goats, Fleetwood Mac, Whispertown, the Vaselines, Big Star, Jesus and Mary Chain, Jonathan Richman, Weezer
Favorite writers: Ann Beattie, David Foster Wallace, Joy Williams, Dorothy Parker, Joan Didion, Jonathan Safran Foer, Roland Barthes, Frank O'Hara
I like: Vegan comfort food, soft pretzels, collecting notebooks I never use, Twin Peaks, Breaking Bad, Magic the Gathering, and reading
I dislike: Bacon, angry drivers, and how long it takes me to wash my hair
My companion animal: Timber, a gray tabby cat. She's obsessed with playing fetch, especially at 4 a.m.
Tidbits: Without fail, whenever I find myself at the grocery store check-out with nothing but cat food and litter, it just happens to be a Friday night. Also, I'm supposed to wear glasses but rarely do, so if you ever see me squinting at you, I'm not angry, just confused.
Why you went veg: I saw PETA's "Meet Your Meat" video when I was 14, and going vegan turned out to be one of the easiest and best choices I've ever made.