I'm a grad student in philosophy, with a talent for pessimism, honesty, and asking the awkward questions, as well as a pop music obsessive and a very guilty meat eater... If, like me, you're the sort of person who gets annoyed by people who can't distinguish between agreeing with a conclusion and thinking an argument for that conclusion is good but you also try to be decent and kind and unpretentious, dislike cruelty and love music/films/poetry with embarrassing, unpretentious enthusiasm, and are easily bored, we'll probably get on well.
What I’m doing with my life
Finishing my philosophy PhD. After that, I'm not sure what I want to do, since I'm no longer sure that I want to be an academic. Some of the other philosophy grads have founded an 'ethical careers organization', so I might go to them for advice. Might also teach English abroad for 6 months at some point, maybe in Japan, since I've had a friend who's doing that with his life at the moment, and he's become a super-interesting person and had a great time.
I’m really good at
Being honest with myself and others, writing philosophy, talking
about the arts, getting drunk really fast at grad student house
The first things people usually notice about me
That I smart and serious.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
*Edit* Have noticed that this is a very *male* list, with a distinct lack of female artists in all categories. And very white as well, apart from the music. Oh well.
Books: The Brothers Karamazov
Pop: llmatic Bob Dylan Astral Weeks Kanye West Rolling Stones Marquee Moon, London's Calling, The Velvet Undergound, Ready to Die, Belle and Sebastian, The Beach Boys, The Beatles, Cry Me a River (the Timberlake song I mean), various amazing 60s pop songs (Be My Baby, Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay, Waterloo Sunset, She's Got You, Different Drum, Pressure Drop, Strychnine, etc.)
Classical: Mozart, Beethoven, The St. Matthew Passion, some Schubert songs.
Naked, Citizen Kane, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Passion of Joan of Arc, Persona, Annie Hall, This is Spinal Tap, Jules and Jim, Vertigo, The Godfather, Pulp Fiction, Goodfellas, Grand Budapest Hotel, Mullholland Drive
TV: The Simpsons (well, the first 7 seasons or so, before it became terrible), The Wire, The Sopranos (All American, don't let anyone tell you British TV is better, people who say that are usually Americans who a) never watch non-trashy stuff at home and b) haven't had to actually put up with the 'entertainment' offered by bbc one on any random night). Enjoy Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones as well, especially the former.
Food: Always enjoyed Szechuanese when I've had it.
The six things I could never do without
Laptop, ipod, cd collection, mp3 collection, Norton anthology of English lit vol.2 (I did at bit of Eng Lit at undergrad and we had to buy this-Loads of great poems, Wordsworth, Keats, Yeats, Eliot, Larkin etc.)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
The philosophy of perception. What I should be doing with my life.
How awesome X piece of music I just heard is. That I should be
doing more work. What's 'the point of it all' (though this
emphatically isn't the kind of philosophy I do for my PhD.)
On a typical Friday night I am
Could be anything, working, in the pub with friends, seeing a film alone or with friends, sitting on the net at home, playing an RPG on my PC...
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Think I'll leave this one ;)
You should message me if
Your a woman of about my age, you live near Edinburgh, your honest and you can hold an interesting conversation about art, politics, and the world around us.