Matt Ruby tries to impress you

Matt Ruby

Brooklyn, NY


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Matt Ruby with cameras
Getting my power pose on at Vooza shoot (photo by Ron Haviv).




Ten books

  1. "Where I'm Calling From" by Raymond Carver
  2. "Lolita" by Vladimir Nabokov
  3. "Man and His Symbols" by Carl Jung
  4. "A Natural History of the Senses" by Diane Ackerman
  5. "The Omnivore's Dilemma" by Michael Pollan
  6. "Just Kids" by Patti Smith
  7. "The Moviegoer" by Walker Percy
  8. "Brave New World" by Aldous Huxley
  9. "We Learn Nothing" by Tim Kreider
  10. "Act One" by Moss Hart

Ten musicians

  1. Jimmy Page
  2. Leonard Cohen
  3. Tom Petty
  4. Bob Dylan
  5. Lou Reed
  6. John Lennon
  7. David Bowie
  8. Marvin Gaye
  9. Billie Holliday
  10. Ray Davies

Ten artists

  1. Mark Rothko
  2. Kurt Schwitters
  3. Robert Rauschenberg
  4. Marc Chagall
  5. Alberto Giacometti
  6. Saul Bass
  7. Josef Muller-Brockmann
  8. George Hurrell
  9. El Lissitzky
  10. Esteban Vicente

Ten comedians

  1. Howard Stern
  2. Louis CK
  3. Doug Stanhope
  4. Norm Macdonald
  5. Bill Burr
  6. Chris Rock
  7. Paul F. Tompkins
  8. Woody Allen
  9. Gary Gulman
  10. Larry David

Places I've been

Make yours @

I globetrot (backpacking mostly) and take photos of the places I go. The more I leave, the more I realize the strangest place in the world is America.


"Showing up is 80 percent of life."
-Woody Allen

"First thing you learn is that you always gotta wait."
-Lou Reed

"God is a thought. An idea. It's a metaphor. He's non-being. Every religion is true as metaphor of the human/cosmic mystery. If you know, you don't know. The quest is to find the inward thing that you are. The symbols of religion refer to you. Have you been reborn? Have you died as an animal and come back as a human? Deep down, you are god — for you."
-Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth

"A family is a dictatorship ruled over by its sickest member."
-Moss Hart

"Writing about music is like dancing about architecture."
-Martin Mull

"Youth is wasted on the young."
-George Bernard Shaw

"Everything in moderation, including moderation."
-Oscar Wilde