Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
If I like you, I will never timidly ask permission to kiss you -
I'm just gonna go for it. I'll go slow though so you have enough
time to slap me across the face if you're really not feeling
In life, my most liberating realization has been that most of the
shit that most people do is learned behavior, rather than chosen
behavior. If I ever score the hilarious honor of sitting in a cafe
or a restaurant within ear-shot of a first-date, it always amazes
me the show people try to put on for each other. The way one date
always seems to have the power; the way the other checks his or her
personality at the door and mindlessly supplicates, trying to
impress. I can relate, truly - but I also feel lucky to recognize
the invisible rules - so I can break the ones that don't speak to
So if we do cross paths, dear reader, know that It's much better
for both of us if we share ourselves honestly. If we click, that's
awesome. If not, no hard feelings either way - you don't have what
I'm looking for, I don't have what you're looking for.
What I’m doing with my life
Don’t overthink this one; tell us what you’re doing day-to-day.
I am distinctly NOT a laid-back guy.
I like to think of myself as a cultural translator - in my career,
I travel to the Middle East and North Africa to learn about ways of
thinking and the reasons behind those ways of thinking. Then, I
write about it so people in my own country can understand. It's
challenging work, and it takes skill and care. But it's a fucking
My current platform for this work is as a Ph.D student in Political
Science at Brown. I'll be in Providence until the summer, but then
am heading off to Tunisia for a 9-month adventure, before returning
to Providence June 2016.
I have no rules but if you are absolutely in the "long term dating
or bust" category, I'm probably not your guy - at least not this
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
Analyzing social situations. Distinguishing between different
shades of colors that are only slightly off. Sniffing out bullshit.
Empathizing with people. Giving advice. Understanding culture. .
The first things people usually notice about me
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Big brown eyes. Zany sense of humor.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Help your potential matches find common interests.
Books: Discipline and Punish, The Road to Serfdom, The Phantom
Tollbooth, Ibn Khaldun's Muqaddimah (if you know what is -
Movies: The Shawshank Redemption, Star Wars, My Cousin Vinny,
Superbad, Lord of the Rings, Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle,
Casablanca, The Matrix, Field of Dreams
Music: There are too many artists to name, but my taste is super
eclectic. From jazz, to classic rock, to country, to Libyan
political protest rap, most music speaks to me in some way. Also
have a love for bluegrass
Shows: Al Jazeera, Kitchen Nightmares.
Food: Ethnic food. In no particular order: Chinese, Japanese,
Korean, Indian, Yemeni, Tunisian.
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
3) Intellectual stimulation.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
why dragons exist in the mythology of so many different cultures
that had no contact. If you can give me a well thought-out argument
on this point, I'll guarantee a response.
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
out with friends - usually for a drink or a movie. When I can't do
that, I've usually got my head in one of the many books that I get
paid to read.
You should message me if
Offer a few tips to help matches win you over.
You can challenge me a little. Sincerity and kindness is of course
a prerequisite, but it's much more fun if we can exchange ideas. I
have a very unique sense of humor - it will make things much easier
if we're on the same wavelength there. Know who you are, own it -
and I may fall for you. Even if I don't, I will respect you
Would also be pumped to hear from you if you know what a Tuareg is.
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