I was born in France, and moved to the US when I was 11. I have either lived in NJ or NYC (excluding a year in Paris) for 18 years now, and have been in Brooklyn for 2 years.
I'm just now getting back to this site, so I'll be adding stuff as time goes on (I apologize for the quality and dearth of pictures on this profile, I'll do my best to update them).
I have a core group of friends, many of whom I have known since high school, that straddles the NY/NJ border (my username is actually one of my many nicknames), so I guess you could say that I like making and cultivating lasting connections; my ultimate goal as far as OKcupid is concerned is certainly a serious relationship.
I spent 7 years preparing a French Literature Ph.D. that I finally decided to put on hold this spring, a decision I have not regretted in the least thus far; I don't plan on committing to anything serious career-wise for the next year, so I've really been enjoying my freedom (and could just be deluded). I went to graduate school to stay close to one of my major interests (literature, the other being music), and in that sense my time as a graduate student was a success, since I know way more about literary criticism specifically and literature in general than I did when I started. Graduate school is also great if you obsess over very narrow aspects of a huge array of topics, which I think describes me pretty well. I also discovered that I really like to teach, and that I'm pretty good at it.
The one thing about the last few years that I deplore is that I more or less stopped exercising, but I am (slowly) getting back into the swing of things (I was never much of a gym rat, but hiking is one of the things I love to do the most). So far, it's been pretty great!
I spend most of my energy on music; I have been writing songs since I was about 15, and I have an opportunity to exclusively focus on playing, recording and writing for the first time in a very long time. It's going to be a good year!