I'm a huge nerd in some ways, but not in the ways many people expect. I am definitely a stereotypical academic in the sense that I love wearing corduroy blazers and holing up in ivory towers. But I was never really into science fiction or video games.
I AM huge nerd over politics….I attended the Democratic National Convention even back in high school. At some point, I decided I didn't quite have the right personality to actually be a politician, so now I’m a political science professor, and am very happy with my decision. FWIW, I am liberal Democrat, but as a student of politics, I also welcome debate as much as blanket agreement.
I am also passionate about music, both listening and performing; I am a singer and guitarist and love 80's and 90's Britpop most. I am so glad to be in a city again where I can go to concerts when I feel like just like back when I lived in DC or Boston; central NJ is pretty much a wasteland for this sort of thing.
Finally, I love playing board games (pretty big collection of German titles in the back of my closet) and poker (briefly semi-professionally while in grad school….see the photos for my career ‘highlight’). I’ve never actual played strip poker, but I’ll bet I could beat you at strip ‘Funkenschlag’ (probably not as scandalous as it sounds)!
Books: The Law of Democracy, Political Game Theory, Harrington on Hold 'em, Wuthering Heights. I am now reading the fifth Game of Thrones book, "Creation" by Gore Vidal, and "To the Finland Station" by Edmund Wilson.
Movies: High Fidelity, Rounders, Office Space, Josie & the Pussycats. I love comedies in general, and hate horror movies and stupid action movies. But I don't take movies that seriously.
TV: I pretty much like all the shows that all the critics like (Louie, The Wire, Mad Men, Parks & Rec). Underrated shows: The Good Wife, You're the Worst, Sifl & Olly. NFL football on Sundays in the fall.
Food: Pretty much everything....my particular favorites are sushi and Chipotle and iced tea. But love trying new foods of any origin. Except mushrooms.
1.) My iPad
2.) The latest edition of The Almanac of American Politics
3.) The Stone Roses by The Stone Roses (I lied in the "my favorite" section...this is actually my favorite album)
4.) A guitar
5.) My Caesars Diamond Card
6.) Tea (hot or cold)
But seriously, what is the appropriate answer here? Existential angst? What I am going to have for dinner? When your job is academic research, all you have is time to think, and most of it is aimless....so lots of stuff.
I do find I do a lot of my best work (i.e. thinking) on late-night walks around my neighborhood....they really clear my head.
- Scottish electronic pop band Chvrches
- Chamber music quintet playing Beethoven & Korngold
- Australian comedian Jim Jeffries
- The Book of Mormon on Broadway
But I've found these opportunities to be a bit too infrequent around here. Any suggestions?
I also love going out to eat (Easton does have some great restaurants), and hit the Bethlehem casino for poker occasionally. Other times, I'll just find myself at home watching TV, enjoying a beer and maybe a cigar in my sunroom.
I'll go out of town about one weekend a month, either visiting my family in DC, or my friends spread out around the country at this point.