anoraklibrarian
34 Seattle, WA
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My self-summary
Hi, my name is Cyrus. I hope you enjoy my profile.

A little over a year ago I moved to Seattle from New York City. I quit a really swell job that people always tell me is like their dream job to get a doctorate in history in a place where people don't litter as much and wear functional fabrics like gore-tex. Honestly, though I do miss the delicious bagels, I prefer the access to the wilderness that we have here over savory breakfasts almost any day of the week.

I'm an Appalachian-born Ashkenazi with mild tonsurephobia (fear/aversion to haircuts; I didn't know that word myself until I just looked for it). I'm a red diaper baby (4 generations of documented socialists in my patrilineal line) who despite five years of wearing a badge and uniform still reflexively distrusts authority and hierarchies.

I'm a history grad student, so it goes without saying that I am fascinated by history and the ability the past has to shape the way our world is run and the way we live our lives. I especially like the weird synchronicities that individual spaces can have over centuries of human use. Consequently, I often spend far too much time thinking about bygone eras or heading to climate-controlled archives to read strange business documents from two centuries ago. I also have developed a series of historical conspiracy theories starring Booker T Washington as an evil mastermind, which probably proves I should pay more attention during grad school lectures.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm likely to be A)reading. Like, always freaking reading. I'm so glad I like to read because grad school is like one long trip to the library B)Cooking up a storm C)riding my bicycle to an exciting new adventure, D) Purchasing LOTS of discount produce and turning it into pickles before it rots. e) seeking out rare, exquisitely delicious hard candies to bribe my coworkers with, F) Crossing my fingers and hoping that This American Life will someday take a story I pitch them.
I’m really good at
finding suits that fit me at cheap thrift stores. Blending teas and then brewing them for just the right amount of time. Pressing flowers and then having them fall out of my books. Making homemade badges/buttons and giving them away. Also, recently I've gotten pretty good at making sauerkraut, which is how I know that most people seem to be afraid of sauerkraut. What I don't seem to understand is why many of those same people seem to claim they love Kim Chi, which is basically sauerkraut. update: Way beyond sauerkraut now; I can ferment almost anything (I mean ANYTHING; I have a turmeric based bacterial culture that makes me really good sodas if I feed it sugar; I used to have a japanese nukadoko pot) and am beginning to wonder what I'll do with all the excess pickles and vinegars filling my apartment.

I also am noted for my exquisite sense of direction and my ability to make really good hummus.

I'm also a pretty mean scrabble player and appreciate a good challenge in word games.
The first things people usually notice about me
My colorful bow ties, my sunny disposition, and my boundless enthusiasm. Also, at least once a week complete strangers will approach me and tell me that I have amazing eyes.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: When I was in college I majored in English and dreamed of writing postmodern fiction when I grew up. I went to grad school to be a librarian. Let's just say I've always read a lot and so this is a decidedly unexhaustive list: David Foster Wallace, William Gaddis, Vladimir Nabokov, Italo Calvino, Raymond Queneau, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Thomas Mann, Roy Coover, John Barth, Joanna Scott, Stanley Elkin, Salman Rushdie, Mikhail Bulgakov, James Joyce, Ma Jian, William Cronon, Naguib Mahfouz, Phillip Roth, and Giovanni Bocaccio are a few of my favourite authors.

Filmically, I most especially enjoy the screwball comedies of the 1930s, especially Hepburn/Tracy fare such as Pat and Mike, Loy/Powell fare such as The Thin Man. I am also a big fan of Nouvelle Vague films, with a particular soft spot for Jean-Luc Godard films. As far as modern films go, I enjoy Tim Burton and Wes Anderson and the Coen Brothers (though far from unreservedly).

I really like to listen to twee/indiepop, and will often be found with Heavenly, Tullycraft, Helen Love, Los Campesinos!, and other suchlike bands that feature harmonies and sunny melodies. That said, I am an inveterate downloader of music and avid multitasker so I've heard lots of rad stuff that I love that steers far clear of my stated preferences.

Food-wise, I'm an adventurous eater and an avid cook and prefer my food extra-spicy if that is an option. I prefer homemade to restaurant-made and have never found a culinary challenge I couldn't take on, from making pasta or vinegar (I have a whole cabinet full of homemade vinegars, which could substitute for those fancy 'drinking vinegars' I've seen for sale) or hot sauce. The real question is: What do you like to cook and what can you teach me to cook?
The six things I could never do without
1) My bicycle; it gets me everywhere
2) Mason jars; I'm a serious pickler and my (full) refrigerator is mostly filled with mason jars containing fermented foods
3) My spices; who wants to cook bland food?
4) My library card; it is a passport to adventure
5) My passport; it is also a passport to adventure
6) Seersucker in summer and tweed in winter
I spend a lot of time thinking about
A) For Fun: bicycle accessories I want, places I've never been, finally completing every single trail mile in Olympic National Park (i'm at about 2/3 of them right now)

B) For School: 19th and 18th century African-American life in Appalachia. I know history isn't cool and black history isn't that much cooler, so perhaps this really belongs under the heading of "most private thing I'm willing to admit."
On a typical Friday night I am
Getting into an adventure or planning one
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
1)When I was an NYU undergrad my friends and I would shimmy up scaffolding and trespass on the high line; this was nearly a decade before it became a park..

2) I once had to get shoulder replacement surgery in china; I am now bionic and partially Chinese.
You should message me if
You are a happy-go-lucky intellectual who enjoys quick-witted banter..
or you'd just like to go for a bike ride.
You need a new cooking partner (is anything better than cooking elaborate meals for each other side-by-side?)
or you'd like to have some cocktails and go to a museum
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