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26 M San Francisco, CA

My Details

Last Online
Apr 10
Hispanic / Latin, White
5′ 10″ (1.78m)
Body Type
Graduated from masters program
Relationship Status
Relationship Type
English (Fluently), Arabic (Okay), Spanish (Okay), French (Poorly)

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My self-summary
Often crotchety, otherwise garrulous Californian historian with mad love for walking, salmon, Ireland, and the Arabic language. I like to take breaks from studying to check up on how my grey hairs are coming along. Got an MA in Middle East History, hopefully on my way to some doctoral stuff soon. Work in a cheese shop. Irreconcilably secular and radically left. I think my 'Personality' thing is basically accurate.

Originally I hail from a shitty San Diego suburb which I ditched at 18. I've spent most of my adult life since then in San Francisco, along with stints living in the Pacific NW, England, France, and the Israeli occupied West Bank in Palestine.

And yes, I also realized shortly after writing it that my user name uses the wrong gender on the adjective. This website won't let me change it, so . . . meh.
What I’m doing with my life
Learning, traveling, having the good luck to meet my kind of people.
I’m really good at
Frying white cheese, charcuterie, telling it like it is, remembering, navigating, sleeping, criticizing, cooking, growing facial hair, procrastinating.
The first things people usually notice about me
I apparently look mean. I've often been told that people are surprised by the contrast between their first impression of me as austere and standoffish and how warm and goofy I turn out to be. Who knows?
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Words: World literature, critical theory, history, philosophy
Fiction - James Joyce, Waguih Ghali, Tayyib Salih, Émile Zola, Ivo Andrić, Naguib Mahfouz, Ghassan Kanafani, Gabriel García Márquez
Poetry - Federico García Lorca, Richard Brautigan, Mourid Barghouti, Mahmoud Darwish, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Berltolt Brecht
Nonfiction - Perry Anderson, Terry Eagleton, Silvia Federici, Mahmood Mamdani, Salim Tamari, Ilan Pappé, Eric Hobsbawm, Walter Benjamin, Victor Serge, Hayden White, Slavoj Žižek, André Gorz
Journals - London Review of Books, New Left Review, n+1, Jacobin

Music: Punk, alternative, folk, Arabic
The Clash, Nick Drake, Bob Dylan, Wire, The Replacements, Fairouz, Grass Widow, John Fahey, New Order, Marcel Khalife, Consorzio Suonatori Indipendenti, Bach, Yo La Tengo, Michael Hurley, Mission of Burma, Jens Lekman, Schubert, The Dils, Emahoy Tsegue-Maryam Guebrou, Belle and Sebastian

Nomms: French goat cheese, mole poblano, salmon, fried eggplant
Indian, Mexican, Arab, Thai, Vietnamese, French
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Ineffably incisive and inspired theories and theses, some of which I am willing to convey to you upon private enquiry for only very modest fees.
On a typical Friday night I am
Slinging cheese, or, reading international news and excitedly anticipating a friend's visit whence we will joke and talk shit and politics over wine and music. Trying to cook something weird. Fulminating against my foes, sports, and 'going out'. Swooning or spooning would be nice.
I’m looking for
  • Girls who like guys
  • Ages 21–35
  • Near me
  • For new friends, long-term dating, short-term dating
You should message me if
you had fun once, thought it was awful, and would prefer conversation, commiseration, wine, and getting the hell out of here.

Deal-breakers and no-go's: racism, homophobia, meanness to homeless people or immigrants, went or going on Birthright for the "free trip", inflexible religiosity, Deepak Chopra, major self-esteem issues, 'entrepreneurship', watching a lot of TV daily, full-time stoners, inability to identify, say, Algeria or Bolivia on a world map.

Bonuses: Can teach me about somewhere else in the world or science, having passion for and strong opinions about art, music, culture and politics, active but not jockish, feminist, hate injustice because you love life, want to cook new stuff!