Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
University professor. Cerebral but grounded. Fancy myself
entertaining, but that's for others to judge. Leftist politically.
I appreciate literature, occasional cigars, classical music, and
World War I. Would live in Paris circa 1880 if such a thing could
be arranged. Since it cannot, I read as many 19th century novels as
possible to try and reconcile myself to the cruel lot destiny has
I think a worthy life turns on creativity, curiosity, and
compassion. I also like trees, Kant, Post-Impressionism, The Clash,
antique books, Charles Baudelaire, and seriousness of purpose. I
detest Andy Warhol, libertarians, lemon meringue pie, late
Heidegger, and smallness of soul. I try to be a vegetarian, with
mixed results. I also try to be both agnostic and generous, and in
these areas think that I consistently succeed. I believe that "I,
Claudius," "Upstairs, Downstairs," and "Arrested Development" were
among the finest things ever put on television (though I no longer
own one). I additionally believe that good Roquefort is the king of
This is my creed.
What I’m doing with my life
Don’t overthink this one; tell us what you’re doing day-to-day.
It is frequently more a question of what my life is doing with
me... That said, I guess I'll add that I spend a lot of my time
with reading, writing, taking meditative walks around the city, and
doing what modest bit I can to make the world a little better for
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
Mixing frivolous enjoyment with the above-mentioned seriousness of
purpose. A tough balancing act to pull off, but I think I do it
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
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So many books that this is a silly question. My favorite poets are
Baudelaire, Rilke, and Yeats. My favorite novelists are Conrad,
Melville, and Flaubert. Also, I have a love of history, so I'm
generally reading that... And for complicated reasons that not need
detain us, I also read Goodbye to All That by Robert Graves once a
year... Long story.
So many movies that this is an equally silly question. I like
everything from "Big Trouble in Little China" to Fritz Lang.
Music? Mostly classical, though somewhere along the line I seem to
have developed an embarrassing affection for 80s music. Odd,
considering how little I cared for the 80s when they were going on
around me. I also really like jazz, Ska, and British punk.
Food? French, although it's not exactly long on vegetarian fare.
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
The fingers on my right hand...
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
The destiny of man. Not a joke. I actually do.
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
Plotting the overthrow of the republic.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I’m an empty essay… fill me out!
I find this entire line of questioning impertinent.
Really, have these people no sense of discretion?
You should message me if
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You have difficulty accepting that "message" is a verb, feel
perplexed to see it used that way, and want to commiserate with me
about this development. Also, even if you happily concur that
"message" is a verb, you should contact me anyway if you are an
open, bright, committed person, who believes in living fully and
earnestly. These traits will trump most anything.
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