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I am about to embark on an extended stretch of travel. I'll be in
NYC for a little while, then Korea, then various places across the
US, then Southeast Asia, and eventually I plan to move to
All of this comes at the end of a master's degree in Asian studies,
in which I wrote my thesis about Westerners who've become Korean
shamans, and of a long stint as a corporate person at Google, where
I did nothing all that exciting. But hey, Google.
This is a plan long in the works. I've been calling it my
slow-motion, very well organized midlife crisis. But it's not
really a crisis. It's an adventure.
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
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Quitting my Google
job to travel Southeast Asia
and move to
I’m really good at
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Writing, editing, grammar. Knowing obscure facts. Synthesizing
ideas. Thinking up new ones. Making you laugh.
The first things people usually notice about me
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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
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by David Foster Wallace
The Heart of
the Buddha's Teaching
by Thich Nhat Hanh
, anything by
Movies: Not really that big a movie buff, but I could watch
over and over. I like movies that stand out as
different and unique: The Party
, This Is Spinal Tap
, Being John
, anything by Bong Joon-ho
Music: I love Beck
classical music, Air
, James Brown
, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
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). I know a good Uighur place.
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
Friends, something to read, the dream of the perfect burrito, good
shoes, art, music.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
shamanism. International affairs
. Spirituality. Art.
Music. Southeast Asia
and its history.
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
Either home or hanging out with friends. I'm not a party animal. A
good conversation beats a bar any day of the week, especially
considering that I don't drink.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
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A good friend told me to edit this section, and I'll admit she was
right about that.
You should message me if
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You're awesome. You think I might be awesome. Or you happen to know
the historical origins of monasticism.
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