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Ambientdubstep

22 M Chicago, IL

My Details

Last Online
Apr 30
Orientation
Straight
Ethnicity
White
Height
6′ 3″ (1.91m)
Body Type
Skinny
Diet
Strictly anything
Smokes
No
Drinks
Often
Drugs
Sometimes
Religion
Atheism, and very serious about it
Sign
Capricorn, but it doesn’t matter
Education
Graduated from university
Job
Student
Income
Less than $20,000
Relationship Status
Single
Relationship Type
Offspring
Doesn’t have kids, and doesn’t want any
Pets
Likes dogs and likes cats
Speaks
English (Fluently), German (Fluently)

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My self-summary
Hi. I'm Paul. You may remember me as the tall, lanky guy you keep seeing on the street, but I'm more than just great hair and a stylish walk. It turns out I write a lot of poetry, play the sax, and try really really hard to get my housemates to play tennis with me, though that only happens very rarely, to my great disappointment. (I would have said chagrin, but it just sounds kind of douchey as a word to me. Of course, so does this parenthetical.) I also filled out the "What I'm doing with my life" section before this one, and I'm not really certain what the difference is supposed to be.

I'm living in Chicago until the end of the summer, at which point I head to grad school; exactly where is still in limbo, but I have at least one offer. Work, on the other hand, I'm still looking for. Anyway, the point is that I'm not especially looking for huge commitments - just people to chat with, try gelato with, people-watch around town with - simplicity. If you like talking about all kinds of pop culture - and I mean all kinds - we should hang, because odds are we'll get along quite well.
What I’m doing with my life
Jesus... That's a big question. I did my undergrad with a BA in German and a lot of creative writing and poetry classes, so I assume I'm going to be very employed shortly. I just moved to Chicago recently and I'm mid-job search. It's a little strange, because I just got accepted to an MFA program for poetry, so I'm essentially looking to support myself until August and then heading out to get paid to write for a few years. Yet that's what I love doing. Life is good and will get better still.
I’m really good at
making people laugh, recommending music/movies, making playlists, planning/organizing; pretty much anything that takes some analysis.
The first things people usually notice about me
It's usually a variant on "Wow, how tall are you?" or "Nice sunglasses." After that - probably that my feet are enormous. Like, seriously. My feet are huge, but they aren't wide, so they're in this weird bastard size that normal shoe stores don't carry, but big and tall stores also don't.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Oh hey, it's list time! I'll try to curate this a bit.

Books: That's such a broad category. Let's split this up a bit.

Prose - The Great Gatsby (in my opinion, one of the only perfect novels ever written), Moby Dick (certainly a contender as well), American Gods, A Song of Ice and Fire, The Real Life of Sebastian Knight, Lolita (I absolutely adore Nabokov - well, okay, Pnin and Transparent Things weren't that great, but he gets a pass for everything else), Ender's Game (I have a soft spot for the original sequels, but the new stuff is just... unnecessary. The original is gold, though). I'm also a fan of Donald Barthelme's short story collections.

Graphic novels/comic books - Sandman. Bone. Y: the Last Man. Transmetropolitan. All four of these are really long and blew my mind. Crisis on Infinite Earths, too. I respect Alan Moore, but aside from Watchmen I've never really fell in love with anything he's done. And don't get me started on Garth Ennis or Mark Millar.

Poetry - Oooh. John Berryman, obviously his 77 Dream Songs. Jason Whitmarsh - Tomorrow's Living Room (my favorite book of contemporary poetry). Joe Wenderoth, Letters to Wendy's (this and Whitmarsh's book are what made me finally understand prose poetry - now I write a lot of that). Cody Walker, Catherine Wing, and Cathy Park Hong all do some fascinating strict formal experiments. And how could I not mention A. Van Jordan? Go read Macnolia. From both a storytelling and poetic standpoint it's brilliant.

Movies:
Oh man. My five favorites are The Big Lebowski (so immaculately constructed), The Fifth Element (infinitely rewatchable, the world is so thoroughly realized, and oh my god the costume design), The Fountain (artistically beautiful, with the best film score I've ever heard - yes, better than the Lord of the Rings), the first 10 minutes of Up, and Gegen die Wand (the most enthralling movie I've ever watched). I'm also a big fan of Stephen Chow (Kung Fu Hustle, Shaolin Soccer), the Lord of the Rings films, the original Star Wars trilogy; if it's part of some broad film canon and I've seen it, I very likely like it. However, I have little patience for stuff like The Tree of Life. I'm a Philistine.

Shows:
Everything Whedon. Angel is probably overall my favorite, but season 3 of Buffy is impressive in that it's 22 episodes and only 4 of them are less than amazing.
Deadwood. The first season made me like westerns.
The Wire. I don't need to say more.
Community, Arrested Development, Parks and Rec, selected seasons of 30 Rock. Oh, and Adventure Time, because I have a soul.

music:
My holy trinity - the three bands that always and forever get a free pass from me - is Iron Maiden, R.E.M., and Radiohead. Lately I'm really into Wye Oak, Kurt Vile, Starfucker, Poolside, and Alt-J. When I'm making music - if I'm jamming on sax I take most of my cues (ie rip off) from Coltrane, Bowie, and a lot of jazz standards, but when I'm composing I keep coming back to Krautrock. I like loops.

food:
Döner. Imagine a gyro, but 300 times better and super cheap. I honestly want to go back to Germany just for Döner. One of the things I love most about Chicago is Zizi's Cafe (near Diversey). You can get an authentic Döner on fresh baked bread, and holy shit, it tastes just like the Vaterland.
I'm not actually super picky. Not a big fan of most seafood for some reason, but otherwise, most things done right taste good to me.
The six things I could never do without
Coffee. Smooth jazz. People. Scotch ales. The first three seasons of Community. Poetry!
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Poetry, wordplay, and what I need to get done in the next 12 hours.
On a typical Friday night I am
having a party, at the bar, or writing. All things involving booze.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I had a bowl cut growing up. There. Now you know my secret shame.

I also had long hair for a while, and when I finally decided to cut it, I actually waited two months because a couple of my friends had started constantly speculating about what I'd look like with short hair and I wanted it to be totally my decision. Yeah. That's me.
I’m looking for
  • Girls who like guys
  • Ages 21–25
  • Near me
  • For new friends, short-term dating, casual sex
You should message me if
...I don't come across as too much of an aloof jackass.
...you like to have long, overanalytical conversations about pop culture.
...you're bored, because I'll probably entertain you in response.