Some people here are looking for deathless love or sticky
one-night-stands. I'm not sure I'm equipped for either of those
right now, but one thing hasn't changed - I like meeting
interesting new people.
If that's what you're up for, maybe this could be a Thing.
What I’m doing with my life
I am recovering from an illness that cost me a good portion of my
eyesight. Not being able to drive for the forseeable future kind of
limits some of my options; with the help of my doctors and some
wonderful people in my life, I'm figuring out where I can go from
When I'm not worrying about that, I go on long walks and I write.
I’m really good at
Reading and writing. Math. Board games. Talking too much. Cooking
food that tastes pretty great in direct and terrible proportion to
how bad it is for you. Ask me about my spinach-and-feta-stuffed
I think I'm pretty good at keeping my cool in rough situations, but
that honestly seems like something that someone else would have to
I try to treat people with respect and empathy and I think - I hope
- that I do a good job of it.
The first things people usually notice about me
The first thing people notice about me is my frown, and that I hate
In all seriousness, these days it's the glasses. I wanted ones that
looked like Gary Oldman's in "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy."
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell, Blood Meridian by Cormac
McCarthy, Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis, Hyperion by Dan Simmons,
Foundation by Isaac Asimov, Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov, Neuromancer
by William Gibson, The Corner by David Simon, Clockers by Richard
Price, Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco, if on a winter's night a
traveller... by Italo Calvino, The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell
Hammett, Perdido Street Station by China Mieville, and The Book of
the New Sun by Gene Wolfe.
I get around to everything eventually, but my real passions are for
20th-century modernist literature and (well-written) science
fiction. I don't have much of what I call an "NPR bookshelf" - the
assortment of John Hodgman, Ira Glass, Dave Eggers and so forth
that decorate so many upscale young urbanites' homes. Nothing
against those guys, but I think the best literary love affairs are
the ones you start yourself. (Sorry, upscale young urbanites! I
still love you!)
Movies: everything from Godard to Die Hard, from Michael Mann to
The Third Man. I love the cinema, I love sharing it with friends
and I love writing about it.
TV: I'm currently watching and loving The Venture Bros., Archer,
That Mitchell and Webb Look (and its sister program Peep Show), OG
Star Trek, and now every season of Frasier on Netflix. Oh, and
Jeopardy. Mustn't forget Jeopardy.
Music: Elvis Costello, REM, The Smiths, The Cars, New Order, The
Jam, XTC, David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, The Decemberists, Miles
Davis, Tony Bennett, and a smattering of classical that could stand
to be expanded.
The six things I could never do without
Books, films, music, friendship, solitude, and my panache.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
What I'd say if I were behind a podium with the entire world
On a typical Friday night I am
Having dinner with good friends. Playing boardgames with good
friends. Flipping over the tables of good friends. Tearfully
apologizing to good friends.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I am totally judging your book collection right now.
You should message me if
You made it down this far.
And, hell, even if you didn't.