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My self-summary
In spirit, I can definitely say that I am an optimist about humanity and life. I am also a lover of all forms of art, from visual arts to film to theater to music. Total geek for SF, film, comedies, comedy, and other fun stuff. I like being transported to another world, to be sent into a whole different state of mind. Going along with this, I like to explore the world, both in going to new places and having new experiences and reading about different subjects. Finally, I like to make people smile. If that involves making a complete fool of myself on the dance floor or giving the perfect gift to someone, all the better.
What I’m doing with my life
I graduated from NYU with a double major in Journalism and Sociology. That naturally led to a job as an administrative assistant in the Pathology Department of Mount Sinai Hospital. I never expected to work in a hospital, but I'm always open to deviations from the straight path that I walk. It's a fun time, with some really great co-workers and the opportunity to learn some interesting material. However, I've now been giving some serious consideration to going back to school for an MSW. I'm also enjoying living in one of the few non-hipstery parts of Brooklyn. Flatbush and the Q line, represent!

When not working, I still go every week to NYU's Sci-Fi Club for some amazing discussions with great people and regularly attend meetings of the NY Sci Fi & Fantasy Meetup group, particularly the book clubs they organize. Say it loud, I'm geeky and proud! I'm also a massive cinephile and try and see multiple films a week, both at home and in theaters. This film obsession led me to create the best film group in the world, a collection of some of the finest film aficionados, who I organize trips to see films, play movie trivia, and host a monthly Clip Party. We also have a website you should totally check out,
I’m really good at
listening, writing , dancing like a maniac and getting others to laugh at it, attempting to sing(whether that singing is good is another questions), epic walks, organizing going to fun events.
The first things people usually notice about me
Usually, it's either that I'm singing loudly along with my headphones or they notice my shirts, a good number of which are old school and pretty interesting design wise.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
My absolute favorite book is Douglas Adams' Hitchiker's Guide To The Galaxy, hands down. Others are the collected oeuvre of Nick Hornby and George Orwell, Catch-22, Brave New World, Dune, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, Iron & Silk, the Harry Potter series, Ender's Game, the works of Chuck Klosterman, A Tree Grows In Brooklyn, Phillip K. Dick novels, The Hunger Games, Americanah, and a ton more. Favor science fiction and interesting non-fiction.

Movies: My main passion. My perennial favorite will probably be Star Wars for being the first film I fell in love with. Other favorites include On The Waterfront, Moonrise Kingdom, the Lord Of The Rings trilogy, The Cabin In The Woods, Anchorman, the good Star Trek films, the Godzilla series, Birdemic! Shock And Terror, Grand Budapest Hotel, Brazil, and just so much more. I use Letterboxd to keep track of what I watch now:

Music: Second biggest passion. Here are just a few: Elvis Costello, LCD Soundsystem, Young The Giant, The Killers, Weezer The Who, The Kinks, Matthew Sweet, Arcade Fire, The Doors, Al Green, Big Star, Young The Giant, Wilco, ELO, Marvin Gaye, Joe Jackson, Arctic Monkeys, Van Morrison, Blur, Oasis, Tegan & Sara, R&B, Black Sabbath, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, and my namesake, Ben Folds.

Food: I used to be fairly picky but now I'd like to think I'm willing to try most things and from most cultures. The only thing I absolutely can't have due to allergies are peanuts and peanut butter. I particularly enjoy pizza, Middle Eastern, Chinese, Italian, meats of all sorts, melons, and I have a large sweet tooth.

TV: The comedies I watch on a regular basis are Community and Parks & Recreation. For classic sitcoms, I love The IT Crowd, Blackadder, Seinfeld, and classic Simpsons. And while it's not a sitcom, I absolutely love Mystery Science Theater 3000. Love Doctor Who and all the Star Trek series, with a particular love for DS9. Black Mirror is also some brilliant stuff.
The six things I could never do without
1. My family.
2. My friends.
3. My books.
4. My music.
5. My laptop.
6. A cell phone, although not necessarily a smart phone. Still using a reliably dumb flip phone. UPDATE: now have a mildly smarter, but still pretty dumb phone.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
-planning out really cool things to do
-social injustice/inequalities
-what are some good articles to write for Cinephile CIty
On a typical Friday night I am
Trying to do something interesting in the City, whether it be a free outdoor concert, a midnight movie, dancing outside of the Meatpacking District, going on epic walks through interesting neighborhoods, going to a Babylon 5 marathon thrown by the Sci-Fi Club, etc.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I'm really open about most things. If you have something you want to ask, just go and ask it.
You should message me if
if you're a passionate, funny person who wants to discuss life, the universe ,and everything, even if they know the answer to the Ultimate Question. However, if you've figured out the Ultimate Question, please let me know.