I'm on an extended stretch of travel in Southeast Asia, and then I'll be moving to Seoul. I'm also writing a book about how Jews raise kids, to sell in Vietnam. Go figure.
I expect to be traveling through Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, and Indonesia.
All of this comes at the end of 23 years of living in New York City, finishing a master's degree in Asian studies, in which I wrote my thesis about Westerners who've become Korean shamans, and a long stint as a corporate person at Google, where I did nothing all that exciting. But hey, Google.
I want to meet and connect on the way. I believe in intimacy, open hearts, exploration, juiciness. I want to form genuine, deep connections, though I know they might be fleeting. That feeling of being vulnerable and open and totally in love? Yeah, that.
Backstory: I grew up in Northern California, the child of hippies who became Orthodox Jews. I came to New York for college, and I stayed. After college, I went to India and Nepal for four months, and a few years later I taught English for a year in Korea, then went back to India and Nepal for six months. I'm excited to get out into the wider world again.
What I’m doing with my life
Quitting my Google
job to travel Southeast Asia
and move to Korea
. Writing a book about how Jews raise their children, to be sold in Vietnam. I'm also passionate about North Korean human rights, and I work with Liberty in North Korea
on the issue.
I’m really good at
Writing, editing, grammar. Knowing obscure facts. Synthesizing
ideas. Thinking up new ones. Making you laugh.
The first things people usually notice about me
That I know something about whatever country they're from. That I'm a white guy speaking Korean.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Infinite Jest
by David Foster Wallace
, The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching
by Thich Nhat Hanh
, anything by Oliver Sacks
or Peter Hopkirk
. And now that I'm out of grad school and have some time, I can go back to reading The New Yorker
and The New York Review of Books
Movies: Not really that big a movie buff, but I could watch The Big Lebowski
over and over. I like movies that stand out as different and unique: The Party
, This Is Spinal Tap
, Being John Malkovich
, anything by Bong Joon-ho
Music: I love Beck
, Talking Heads
classical music, Air
traditional music, Led Zeppelin
, James Brown
, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
. I'm sort of all over the map.
Food: I'll try most things and have widely varied taste (as I do in so many areas of my life).
The six things I could never do without
Friends, something to read, the dream of the perfect burrito, good
shoes, art, music.
On a typical Friday night I am
I don't think I'm going to have many typical Friday nights for a long time. But I like to be with people, socializing, enjoying life, exploring new places. So I'll probably be doing that.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I don't drink or do drugs, and haven't for over eight years.
You should message me if
You're awesome. You think I might be awesome. You'd like to meet up wherever I am and you are.