I thought I could soften my body's decay with castille soap,
leave-in conditioner, coconut oil.

Despite my best efforts, winter still arrives to chip away at me.

My dust settles on every surface, later gets stuck in my vacuum filter,
which I never empty.

Other filters I'm caught up in include:

  • dishwasher
  • kitchen sink
  • debt-industrial complex
  • Twitter cookies—

—through which I have been reliably labeled as between 13 & 54
years of age, German-speaking,

& interested in the following # selected items:

  • ballet
  • Cats (2019)
  • college football
  • college football
  • College Gameday
  • College Gameday (college football)
  • Dan Bongino
  • entertainment
  • entertainment franchises
  • entertainment industry
  • entertainment news
  • famous comedians
  • Hillary Clinton # :-(
  • Iowa
  • Jonathan Swan
  • knitting
  • La Reine des Neiges # translated from the German
  • live: college football
  • Nathan Peterman # oh is Jack Dorsey a fucking Patriots fan?
  • New York Fashion Week
  • Penny Hardaway
  • Rita Ora
  • smoothies
  • Star Trek: Lower Decks # the most poetic Star Trek title
  • Streets of Rage # did Janet Jackson contribute to this OST?
  • weather
  • weather

—all of which I definitely have heard of, consumed, & enjoy.

Though they only listed Mariska Hargitay /mar-ISH-ka HAR-ggi-tay/ once.

Acxiom can have those for free if they read my book.

Or choose to pay for them again to sell to other data brokers & startups,
who will sell to Twitter & back to Acxiom.

Which I understand is a viable & profitable business model.

The older I get, the more I am reflected. Or do I mean contained?

Just when I was worried about self-actualization, I find my potential
collected & parsed

in a JSON file, my risk to a healthcare provider

I am consumable, I can be purchased by literally any bidder,

with the rest of America's vibrant 13–54 demo. I am here,
& everywhere else too, and

I am an asset.

  • You can download a static site of the data that Twitter has collected from you (More > Settings > Your Account > "Download an archive of your data").
  • For all the legitimate concerns about privacy & who profits off your personal information, we can also acknowledge that, at least for now, data brokers & the entities that buy from & sell to them are doing an extremly poor job of categorizing us.
  • Yes, several identical categories appeared in my archive—most of which I did not include here.