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My self-summary
all the great sages agree: life, for the most part, is what we make of it.

But how blessed are those cheese-makers, for they have given endless pleasure to untold millions down through the ages. (and it's true: all cheese is cheese; but some cheeses give more pleasure than others.)


Overheard on the 2 train (in the wee hours before the light): "My daddy was a preacher man. And he worked the railroad. He knew what this country is all about. This country was built on hard work and Treachery. But mostly treachery. Shhhh! Don't tell anyone!"


"Once upon a time and a very good time it was there was a moocow coming down along the road and this moocow that was coming down along the road met a nicens little boy named baby tuckoo..."
Question: In the above passage, who is baby tuckoo?


Local native. former ex-pat. Early riser. Very social introvert. experiential learner. non-conformist. avid tail-shaker. belly-laugh-er. thoughtful, kind and generous. Critical, not judgmental.
Grown-up, with the inner-child intact.

a bit cynical about the world, but in relationships, a hopeless romantic.
What I’m doing with my life
I study and teach history.
I've also done a lot of other interesting things.
objectively speaking, I've probably done a lot more interesting things than your average American man.
I won't deny it: I enjoy talking about my life.
I've been very lucky.
if I were to kiss off tomorrow, I'd easily be able to say I've had a very full and rich life (to hell with your bucket lists!).
I’m really good at
smooth landings.
making people feel good.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
The Overcoat; La Nausée; Self-Consciousness; A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man; Recapitulations; The Unexpected Universe; The Great War and Modern Memory.

Annie Hall; Mauvais Sang; the Apu Trilogy; Bottle-Rocket; Apocalypse Now; Le notti di Cabiria; Decalogue; The Best Intentions; Shame; Stalker; The Wizard of Oz.

Radiohead, Daft Punk, Flaming Lips, Can, the Cure, Joy Division, the Clash, Smiths; Madness; Talking Heads, Bowie; U2; CSNY; Neil Young; Mister Sunday mixes; Bach, Chopin, Brahms, Mahler, Sor, Barrios;
The six things I could never do without
my work. good friends. good food. good writing. good sex. and the deep, blue sea...
I spend a lot of time thinking about
my next travel destination.
how much longer I have til I should just shave it all off.
On a typical Friday night I am
with friends or chilling at home.
You should message me if
you're smarter than the average smart person*.

*by 'smart' I mean: the clarity of mind and seeing that allows one to readily distinguish (in most any given context) between truth and bullshit.