Ya know how James Franco got even hotter when you discovered that, underneath the great hair and chiseled features, lay an intellectual? One that's just as comfortable discussing humanism as he is suggesting Afrobeat records? Same thing with E.J. "He's not the one to be the center of the party," his nominator observed. "You will usually see him quietly observing from the sidelines with his green puff jacket and scarf casually thrown over his shoulder." When he's not ringing up sales at the Urban Outfitters on Ponce de Leon Avenue, the self-described "book nerd" enjoys reading Proust, Miller and Melville.
Relationship status: Taken, sort of
What's your standard drink?
Jack and Coke, definitely. I saw the Lemmy documentary — you know Lemmy from Motorhead — that's all he drinks, so I felt in good company with that. If the weather's nice, I'll drink gin and tonics, too. But Jack and Coke for sure.
What band were you obsessed with when you were 14?
It was the mid-'90s, so something horrible like ... Korn? Limp Bizkit? Some horrible nu-metal band.
What's your guiltiest pleasure?
I'm a sucker for reality TV. I don't even own a TV, but when I'm around a TV, I kind of hone in on the worst of those type shows. For whatever reason, I like "Real Housewives." The Atlanta version!
What's your least favorite household chore?
On which reality TV show should you be cast?
I bet everybody says "The Real World," but that's the only one I could [think of]. It'd be pretty cool to be on "Deadliest Catch." Or "Storage Wars."
What's the last thing that made you cry?
I hadn't talked to my grandma in a while and I called her this past Thanksgiving. I actually teared up. It was like a homesickness of sorts. She lives in San Mateo, [Calif.,] where I was born, in the same house she's lived in for 40-something years.
What's the last good book you read?
The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann. Besides the fact it's about a twentysomething who comes of age, it's about a guy who goes to a sanatorium, enters into a world of ideas and opens himself up to different philosophies.
What do you wish someone would hurry up and invent?
Something that mimics the feeling of someone scratching your back.
What's the lamest pick-up line anyone's used on you?
Maybe it's because I used it way in the past: "I think we have a class together?" Uh, no, I haven't been in school for two-and-a-half years.
Where do you take out-of-town visitors?
Piedmont Park or Freedom Park if the weather's nice. It's kind of touristy, but you have to go to Little Five.
What's the first album you bought with your own money?
I think it was the Beatles' Rubber Soul on CD. I remember my uncle saying, "You've got to listen to this."
What's the best way for a customer to hit on you?
The way it usually happens is at the fitting room. They ask you if something they tried on looks good on them.
Who would play you in the movie of your life?
I'd like James Franco. Or maybe someone like Joseph Gordon-Levitt or the nerdy Jason Schwartzman.
If you were a groupie, who would be the object of your obsession?
Does Tom Waits count? He's the only person I'd follow around.
What's the one thing you most hope to accomplish in 2011?
Just DJ out more. I want to DJ at MJQ, Sound Table. Just DJ out in general.
What's your least favorite thing about Atlanta?
I don't know if this is unique to Atlanta, but it seems like it's kind of hard to get stuff off the ground. If you don't know the right people — it's probably just a smaller group of people that are in the know, but if you don't know them, it's really hard to get stuff going creatively in my experience.
Is there a drawback to being attractive?
Is there any way to answer this and not sound like a total ass? People think you're an asshole if you're not super nice immediately. They just kind of catch me in the mood where there's other stuff going on and they think, "Ugh, he thinks he's special." But there's other stuff going on.
What's the weirdest thing in your house?
This large fake automatic gun that one of our friends found during Dragon*Con last year. It looks like a full automatic rifle; it's got the scope and a laser pointer like something from Halo. If you saw us walking around the house with it, you'd think we're some kind of gun nut.
Name one thing you've stolen.
I've never stolen much. I used to steal the centerfold band pictures out of magazines when I was a little kid so I could put them on my wall. It was a cheap way of postering my walls. That's not very ballsy.