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38 Chicago, IL Man


I’m looking for

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  • Ages 25–42
  • Near me
  • For new friends, long-term dating, short-term dating

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Last online
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5′ 6″ (1.68m)
Body type
Strictly anything
Aquarius, but it doesn’t matter
Graduated from Ph.D program
Mostly monogamous
Doesn’t have kids, but might want them
Likes dogs
English, French, Ancient Greek, Hebrew, Other

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My self-summary
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After several years jumping from one country to the next, I'm back in Chicago teaching at my alma mater. I'm also supposed to be writing a book about ancient gods, but sometimes things get in the way.

I have a new car and a new tent. I'm looking for someone to go on road trips with me, and maybe do some camping. Or antiquing.

I received a pretty hefty Jewish education as a kid. If I ever have kids of my own, I'd like to raise them Jewish and then introduce them to Socrates at their Bar or Bat Mitzvah.
What I’m doing with my life
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Currently, I'm teaching myself King Lear.
What should I be doing? Eating kreplech?
I’m really good at
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Friendship. Conversation. Dinner parties.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
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Authors that have affected how I see the world include: Homer, Herodotus, Aristotle, Paul of Tarsus, R. Yehuda ha-Nassi, Maimonides, William Shakespeare, Baruch Spinoza, Abraham Lincoln, Herman Melville, Friedrich Nietzsche, Virginia Woolf, Bertolt Brecht, S. Y. Agnon, Gershom Scholem, Marc Bloch, Clifford Geertz, J.-P. Vernant, Raymond Chandler, J. L. Borges, Jane Jacobs, Marilynne Robinson, J. M. Coetzee, Michael Fried, and Alice Waters. I re-read The Great Gatsby every time I am called for jury duty.

Movies I grew up on include The Great Muppet Caper (age 4), Blazing Saddles (daily from age 6 to 10), Manhattan (age 16 to 19), Amadeus and Metropolitan (19-21). After college I moved to Paris to study philosophy at the Sorbonne but dropped out after a semester and just started watching two or three old movies a day in tiny cinemas---it was a far better education. Generationally, I identify with Clueless rather than Fast Times or Mean Girls.

Top Chef and The West Wing allow me to imagine two career paths I didn't take. And then there's Breaking Bad.

I grew up on Jacques Brel and Enrico Macias, as well, of course, as Guns n Roses. I was about fourteen when I realized that Casey Kasen might not have been the best arbiter of musical taste. By high school I began to rebel against commercial music by attending the opera regularly. (No body told me that there was an alternative music called "alternative.") From there I migrated to Jazz---especially Thelonious Monk and all-nighters at Small's---and an ushering job helped me to discover chamber music. Since then, plenty more has been added to the mix. Above all, I enjoy hearing talented musicians playing quality music--- and if it's being played in an intimate venue, so much the better.

I like noodles and dumplings in all forms and am excited to be living again where there are taquerias. I've also recently discovered a place in the south suburbs that makes knafe just like in Ramallah---it's worth the drive. Whenever I'm home I make sure to get a slice at Mimi's Pizza.
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
Books & Company, Gotham Bookmart, Seminary Co-Op, Librairie Vrin, St. Marks Bookshop, Kitchen Arts & Letters
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
How to live a flourishing human life.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
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I've seen every episode of Gossip Girl. And I enjoyed them.
You should message me if
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You don't mind that I know nothing about pop music after 1992.