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Biography

Born in New York City on a Friday the 13th in 1967. Loves beer. Hates ham. Hates salmon. Prefers Sean Connery over Roger Moore. Does not enjoy fishing. Frowns on bad umbrella etiquette. Thinks people who recline their seat-backs into his lap during flights should be viscerally garotted. Thinks that the doors in movie theatres should be locked once the movie starts. Has never been to Tibet. Does not enjoy travelling with food. Does not collect stamps. Has every intention of wearing silly band t-shirts well into his forties. Thinks that there is a special place in Hell for the inventor of the car alarm. Suffers from Tinnitus in his right ear from years of systematic headphone abuse. Absolutely loathes skim milk. Given the option, he'd much rather walk than take the subway. Has never found "The Three Stooges" even remotely funny.

In 2001, Alex won $4,600.00 on the ill-fated Vh1 game show, "Name That Video." He might've won the grand prize (an SUV and 100 compact discs Vh1 considered "the 100 greatest of all time") had he not been stumped by an REO Speedwagon video.


Alex has, at one point or another, written for/contributed to: The New Yorker, TIME, Entertainment Weekly, Creem, Irish Connection, Huh!, New York Perspectives, In-Fashion and The New York Review of Records (aka The New Review and/or NYROR).

He has also contributed two chapters to "Don't Believe the Hype!: Die miest├╝bersch├Ątzten Platten der Popgeschichte" by Sky Nonhoff (Fischer, 2005)

Alex is married to Peggy, the most wonderfully patient, exquisite and loving woman on the planet is the father of an incandescent little girl named Charlotte and tiny baby boy named Oliver.

Alex in NYC on MySpace:
http://www.myspace.com/alexinnyc

Interests

music, travel, film, food, nyc, coil, iggy pop, massive attack, the velvet underground, black flag, new order, "blow-up", "the taking of pelham 123", "wait until dark", "downtown 81", "basquiat", "apocalypse now", "the shining", "man bites dog", "the blair witch project", "the road warrior", "alien", "lock, stock & two smoking barrels", "withnail & i", "jaws", "mystery train", "the wicker man", "the 4th man", "sexy beast", " fave music: killing joke, ramones, this mortal coil, cocteau twins, gavin friday, the virgin prunes, echo & the bunnymen, the wonder stuff, the wedding present, lush, skeleton key, barkmarket, surgery, vintage make-up-era kiss, the clash, the vibrators, the exploited, talk talk, fields of the nephililm, alien sex fiend, neneh cherry, pigbag, belfegore, botanica, calexico, the pogues, x, t.s.o.l, ....oh, jeez, and a whole bunch of other stuff. fave books: "please kill me" by legs mcneil & gillian mccain, babe" by mark leyner, "helter skelter" by vincent bugliose, "low life" by luc sante, "the catcher in the rye" by j.d. salinger, "oh the glory of it all" by sean wilsey, "kitchen confidential" by anthony bourdain, "head on" by julian cope, "our band could be your life" by michael azerrad, "between montmartre & the mudd club" by bernard gendron, photography, biking, julian cope, beer, bauhaus, bowie, devo, elvis costello, the police, pop cultural idiocy of all shapes and sizes fave films: "after hours", "picnic at hanging rock", "local hero", "the conversation", "suburbia" (not the bogosian crap, but the penelope spheeris film), "the nomi song", "the wind & the lion", "dead man", "soldier of orange", "run lola run", "dial 'm' for murder", "blade runner", "the exorcist", "planet of the apes", "the french connection", "monty python & the holy grail", "breaker morant", "repo man", "taxi driver", "the silence of the lambs", "frantic", "la femme nikita", "cat people", "the hunger", "quadrophenia", "monsoon wedding", "the last wave", cop shoot cop, firewater, the stranglers, xtc, buzzcocks, motorhead, the pop group, the birthday party, nick cave & the bad seeds, gang of four, siouxsie & the banshees, sisters of mercy, throbbing gristle, the circle jerks, mdc, robyn hitchcock & the egyptians, joy division, iron maiden, the house of love, slayer, pussy galore, kraut, queen, pere ubu, the stooges, laika, the specimen, love & rockets, pop will eat itself, the the, lene lovich, gary numan, headcount, "me talk pretty one day" by david sedaris, "et tu, "the martian chronicles" by ray bradbury, "a handful of dust" by evelyn waugh, "into the wild" by jon krakauer, "the secret history of rock" by roni sarig, "gentlemanly repose" by mike ruffino, "american hardcore" by steven blush, "without feathers" by woody allen, "needs must" by kris needs, "45" by bill drummond