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San Francisco: Will Chiapella

San Francisco

Name: Will Chiapella

Time of birth: Two whole days of childbirth (sorry Ma)

Occupation title(s), both real and desired-in-another-lifetime? Street photographer, flaneur, crytoscopophiliac, generally harmless person

How would you describe your look? Thrown-together chic; handmade, reused, worn-out; free

What do people think when they see you on the street? They’re either impressed by my moustache, repulsed, or generally uninterested. Mostly good thoughts I think. Someone once told me that I was beautiful; I think I blushed

Who are some of your heroes? I’ll just say my parents because that’s easy (but really, anyone who works for the common good and is a decent human being)

What makes you laugh? Everything; it all makes me cry too

Fill in the blank: “Most of the people I see around town look ______”: The same

Five words that sound great: Bonaroo, flavanoid, onomatopoeia, umm


Rosecrans Baldwin co-founded TMN with publisher Andrew Womack in 1999. He is the author of three books, including his latest novel The Last Kid Left (NPR’s Best Books of the Year). His nonfiction appears in a variety of magazines, mostly GQ. More information can be found at More by Rosecrans Baldwin

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