Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
People often comment that I am very "intense" and "enthusiastic";
they also say that I am funny.
I am a college professor, and if you are one of my students, you
should stop looking at profiles on OKCupid and get back to your
I am a native of the Philadelphia suburbs, and I received my Ph.D.
from the Benjamin Franklin University. I have also lived in London,
Florida, Idaho, Massachusetts (the Boston area), and some other
I am a lifelong fan of the Phillies, although I am well disposed
toward the Indians, even though they play that weird kind of
baseball where the pitcher does not bat.
My politics are conventional left-liberal, and I like to be around
people who share that orientation on political and social issues. I
don't feel like being obliged to explain from scratch why decent
public education or decent health care is a fundamental right, or
to argue why heteronormativity is bad. I am a religious
I like to mix "work" and "pleasure," and I've never understood the
appeal of "going on vacation." My ideal day might begin with
jogging; then I would work for several hours on my research; then
finish up the day by getting together with someone for
I try to keep in shape, running and working out. I am a cat person,
but my current apartment complex does not permit pets.
The first things people usually notice about me
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People comment on how fluently I speak, or how amusing I am.
(P.S. Someone misunderstood this statement to imply that I am not a
native speaker of English. I did not write that I "speak English
fluently," or that I am "fluent in English." The point is that my
sentences flow well.)
People who know my age comment on how young I look. People who do
not know just assume I am the age I appear to be. This has obvious
advantages, although it has some disadvantages, mostly in my
professional life (reaching a certain age is necessary for reaching
a certain level of achievement, and if you don't appear to have
reached that age . . .).
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
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Novels: Swift's *Gulliver's Travels*, Ford’s *The Good Soldier*,
Nabokov’s *Lolita*, Ishiguro’s *The Remains of the Day*.
A lot of my non-professional reading consists of things I can read
in tiny portions. I'm more likely to dip into a book on
architecture or a biography of Winston Churchill than commit myself
to reading a long novel. I'm saving Proust for my retirement.
Movies: *The Seven Samurai*, *The Bridge on the River Kwai*,
*Vertigo*, *The Graduate*, *Blue Velvet*, several Michelangelo
Antonioni films, most Woody Allen films, all Stanley Kubrick films.
My favorite films of the past fifteen years would probably be
*Memento*, *Before Sunrise* and *Before Sunset*, and *Brokeback
Mountain*. Movies someone might be *surprised* to know I like?
Maybe *The Exorcist*, which illustrates how superb acting and
direction can transform and elevate schlock.
Music: Romantic opera (particularly Wagner and Strauss), the
Beatles, classic rock, some jazz. I have recently been discovered
to be a late-onset Deadhead.
Unfortunately, I’m a movie fan who doesn’t go to movies much
anymore; I am an opera fan who only goes to an opera when in London
(the place where I stay is two tube stops from Covent
My favorite painting, at least at this moment, is Joseph Wright of
Derby's "An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump" (it serves as the
desktop image on my laptop).
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
Should I skip over the lower steps in Maslow's hierarchy and get
right to the interesting stuff?
My laptop, my family and the family cats, my longtime friends, old
books, my car. OK, not that interesting.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
Necessary truths a posteriori.
Why the guy sitting across from me in this coffee shop has yet to
perceive (after at least five years) that his dancing-in-place
weirds out the people sitting near him.
(I am big on people-watching, and would like someone to do it
Why people who drive SUVs or "baby SUVs" (or whatever they are
called) don't notice that their elevated headlights shine right
into the passenger compartment of any normal-size car that is
unfortunate enough to be in front of them, and make it harder for
that car's driver to see the road ahead?
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
Working on academic things (research, teaching) while sitting at
the local Starbucks, and then heading out to a bar.
You should message me if
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You are a single woman, 28-52, who thinks that I sound intriguing.
I tend to be attracted to women who are nerdy, although this is not
an absolute requirement.
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