I bite off more than I can chew. Right now I'm about a third of the way through: the Iliad, the Art of War, David McCullough's biography of Truman, the Bell Curve, Ender's Game, Dreams From My Father, A Time of Gifts, This Side of Paradise, Jeeves and Wooster, and Steve Jobs' biography. I am buying books far more rapidly than I'm consuming them. If present trends continue, I will need to start renting a second apartment within 18 months.
What I’m doing with my life
I just moved to Italy for grad school, after living in Hawaii and Japan for the last few years. I'm living in Milan now, and traveling around Europe in my free time.
-Teaching myself Italian.
-Reading the Iliad, the Odyssey, and the Aeneid.
-Attempting to learn to cook.
I’m really good at
The first things people usually notice about me
I'm often told I have a deep voice, but I suppose we would already
need to be talking for that to come up.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
On the Road has been the most influential in my life so far. The Selfish Gene makes me want to become a biologist. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy contains the single most useful piece of advice I've ever received. I read Atlas Shrugged and went through an Objectivist phase, but then changed my mind when the financial system collapsed. The Motorcycle Diaries, The Sun Also Rises, The Sorrows of Young Werther, Candide, The Open Society and Its Enemies, the Iliad and the Odyssey, and Cat's Cradle have all been pretty important to me. I found Moby Dick to be surprisingly hilarious. I've read some Charles Bukowski lately, and the decadent shortsightedness of it all is enviable, in a tragic way.
Easy Rider, The Graduate, Monty Python, The Godfather, and The Lord of the Rings are all great, in wildly various ways, but I don't go to the movies all that often.
I really only watch TV when my body is occupied but my brain isn't. Modern Family, Flight of the Conchords, Californication, Family Guy, Sealab 2021, Robot Chicken, and The Universe are all splendid ways to avoid thinking for half an hour.
I'm open-minded and casual about my music; I'll listen to anything except the lamest of pop. I probably listen to Leonard Cohen, Deadmau5, Elliott Smith, the Velvet Underground, Deep Dish, the Smiths, Cake, The Cure, Modest Mouse, and Royksopp more than most people, but I'm good with anything from Lupe Fiasco to The Decemberists depending on the mood.
I enjoy complex carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals, in that order.
The six things I could never do without
2) The Ocean
5) Other people
6) Time to think, away from aforementioned other people
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Nature, science, hiking, evolution, my 2028 Presidential campaign,
where I want to go next, how great it would be to have a pet
monkey, quitting my job and riding around in a van solving
mysteries, fighting crime in my spare time, how everything is
temporary and each moment is over as it arrives.
How an alarming number of apparently sweet, innocent girls answered
Yes to the question, "Would the world be a better place if people
with low IQs were not allowed to reproduce?"
On a typical Friday night I am
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I always cry at the end of The Lord of the Rings. Shhh....
You should message me if
I wouldn't really expect you to, since most women are afraid to
make the first move. But you should reply to my message if you have