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27 F Brooklyn, NY

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5′ 9″ (1.75m)
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Strictly anything
Graduated from university
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English, Japanese (Poorly), Latin (Poorly)

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My self-summary
Autodidact, Japanophile, unabashed transit nerd, urbanist, native Brooklynite, Chicagoan for a spell, voracious reader, food thinker, taste tinkerer, bicycle enthusiast, friendly introvert.

Quiet but opinionated, principled but open-minded, grounded in reality but prone to flights of fancy and heady idealism, a little hardheaded but soft on the inside. Believer in process and the pleasures of slow, analytical thinking. Deeply skeptical of the rhetoric of efficiency and techno-idealism.

N.B.: This thing is rather wordy, not necessarily because I'm looking for someone who likes or agrees with everything put forth here, but more because I'm a poor editor of my own words and get excited about a lot of things.
What I’m doing with my life
**Update** Planning a pretty epic road trip for next month. If you can recommend mountains to scale out west, lemme know.

Wearing many hats. I studied art history and now work at a food education non-profit with a whole cast of crazy characters. We have plenty of passion and vision but very little money, which is by turns refreshing and exhausting. I used to cook at a restaurant on the side, too, but gave that up when it became too draining. The kitchen is always calling, though.

I lived in Japan for two years but would like to live abroad again or take time to travel extensively at some point. Ultimate career fantasy (or eventual reality?): travel/food writer, or perhaps owner of a guesthouse on a remote Japanese island. If I could be paid to sift through dusty archival documents and photos for a living, that would be pretty neat, too.

Currently questioning my desire to be in New York for the long haul. I've come to realize I like quiet and being in the woods, both of which are rather hard to come by here.

Oh, and I take quite a few photos, which you can check out
I’m really good at
Navigating and exploring cities and new neighborhoods. Remembering birthdays. Bumping into things. Tearing produce to shreds with my knife.
The first things people usually notice about me
That I'm staring intently at something seemingly mundane, like snow on subway tracks or the fractal patterns of tree branches. Watch on the right wrist. Gamine, I guess?
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Words, ideas, theories: Currently devouring Thomas Sugrue / The Origins of the Urban Crisis. Recently wrapped up some Jaron Lanier and Rebecca Solnit, among others. Heavily dog-eared: Terry Smith / Making the Modern. Wendell Berry / The Unsettling of America. Jonathan Safran Foer / Eating Animals. Junichiro Tanazaki / In Praise of Shadows. Hal Foster / Design and Crime. Rosalyn Deutsche / Evictions: Art and Spatial Politics. Samuel Zipp / Manhattan Projects. Shizuo Tsuji / Japanese Cooking: A Simple Art. The Baffler is a perpetual favorite, and one of the few magazines I actually read cover to cover. Update: recently discovered that I may like Lucky Peach more than I previously cared to admit.

Visual: Man on Wire, Dog Day Afternoon, Serpico, Sans Soleil, Jiro Dreams of Sushi, most Ozu films. Brutalist architecture washed in late winter light, subway maps and signage, Toshio Shibata's photographs.

Aural: lots. Went through a punk phase in an earlier life but these days mostly listen to various forms of electronic music: house, techno (minimal-ish, old-school Detroit), ambient, glitch, etc. On current rotation: Jackie-O Motherfucker, Holden, Kangding Ray, Odd Future. Always: Tortoise, Susumu Yokota, Basic Channel, Rei Harakami, Aoki Takamasa, Oval, Labradford, Benoît Pioulard, Loscil, Nicolas Jaar, Kevin Saunderson, Shugo Tokumaru, Akufen, most anything on Kranky and 12k. Sometimes a lil rocksteady and classic ska, in nostalgic moments.

Edibles: almost anything. Especially: handmade soba noodles (hot or cold), croissants and other buttery/flaky/crumbly things, umeboshi, ika shiokara, black kale doused with olive oil and pomegranate molasses, homemade mayonnaise, cabbage in browned butter, tiny strawberries, as much cardamom as possible, fresh tofu with ponzu, pickled daikon, pizza (both high and low), perfecting pour-over and cold brew coffee at home.
The six things I could never do without
Readin' (paper only, please), warm socks, the electrifying feeling of meeting someone who "fits" (as a friend, lover, or otherwise), visual stimulation and inspiration, running/biking/dancing/bodymovement, a well made drawing/writing implement (preferably with black ink and a .28 mm tip).
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Who and what shapes urban space. The form and function of public housing. The importance (and unfortunate neglect) of infrastructure. The role of cultural institutions in urban development and so-called "revitalization." Class dynamics and neighborhood change.

This essay:

Minimalist living / making do with small spaces / tiny houses.

Family, where "home" actually is, and how to create a sense of belonging and cultivate community regardless of where I am.

What to cook / eat for breakfast / lunch / dinner / every other occasion. New uses for yuzu koshō. The mystery of how to achieve proper ratios of dashi : shōyu : mirin : sake.
On a typical Friday night I am
Cooking for myself and/or others. Taking a new route home for the sake of scenery. Quite possibly taking a bath and reading. Sometimes dancing in a dark room until the wee hours.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
To admit, or to admit here? If we're talking the latter: I like to wash my feet before going to sleep.
I’m looking for
  • Guys who like girls
  • Ages 26–35
  • Near me
  • For new friends, long-term dating, short-term dating
You should message me if
- You're interested in actual interaction. I enjoy meeting new people but don't have much time or patience for endless and mindless internet banter.

- You're a bundle of contradictions: wickedly smart but unpretentious, goofy but genuine, offbeat but grounded, shy but warm. Weird is good, too.

- You've made it this far and have something substantive to say. I'm not necessarily looking for something super serious, though it'd be nice if we click and can actually converse. Put differently: I care a lot about ideas and opinions and enjoy connecting with people on a genuine level. If you have something interesting and intelligent to share, I will most likely respond.

- You know how to wield a knife.

- You'd like to go on a wandering walk or exploratory bike ride (and are comfortable with not using your phone to navigate).

- You're willing to forgive delays in communication. I'll try to respond promptly, but there is life to be lived offline.