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greetingcardboy

45 M Tucson, AZ

My Details

Last Online
Today – 6:36pm
Orientation
Straight
Ethnicity
White
Height
5′ 8″ (1.73m)
Body Type
Average
Diet
Smokes
No
Drinks
Socially
Drugs
Never
Religion
Agnosticism, and laughing about it
Sign
Libra, but it doesn’t matter
Education
Graduated from Ph.D program
Job
Art / Music / Writing
Income
Relationship Status
Single
Relationship Type
Offspring
Doesn’t have kids
Pets
Likes dogs and dislikes cats
Speaks
English

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My self-summary
NOTE: I AM CURRENTLY IN TALLAHASSEE FOR A ONE-SEMESTER TEACHING GIG. I'M RETURNING TO TUCSON MAY 1ST.

I'm a writer and humorist, noted mostly for telling true stories about my conservative Christian upbringing and my years as a professional greeting card writer. I have also written fiction and what you might call "pure" humor (i.e., fictional high-concept humor pieces of the sort you might find in "Shouts and Murmurs" in the New Yorker)

I'm allergic to cats. I'm saying this now to spare you the rest of the reading. Many women have cats, I've found. Life can be unfair like that. (I have lived with cats quite successfully several times, but only because they were never allowed in my room.)

Also, if your screen name has "4U" in it, or if your primary identity is with a sports team ("GatorGirl," "Yankee fan"), we are unlikely to match.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm an author and a regular contributor to "This American Life" and other public radio shows (Talk of the Nation, Weekend Edition, Studio 360, etc.). I'm currently hosting a regular videoblog called "Greeting Card Emergency."

I just left New York City to return to Tucson because it turns out that the best way to survive as a writer is to have cheap rent! If I were in New York, I'd be commuting and working two jobs and I'd never have time to do everything I want.

I have a semiregular gig as a game show writer, and this affords me just enough to live on. I'm hoping to use this opportunity in 2014 to make a living as a fulltime writer. I'm aware that this might not work, of course, so I'm expecting to fall back on teaching. At the moment, though, I'm really enjoying my creative freedom.
I’m really good at
writing, greeting cards, trivia, Scrabble. I'm not good at pretending I know what I'm doing, which some might consider a plus.
The first things people usually notice about me
My shiny bald head. And hopefully my smile. But usually the head wins.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Movies: Ikiru, Children of Paradise, Amelie, and probably whatever's playing on TCM right now. Especially fond of '40s MGM (Hepurn, Grant, Stewart, etc.) and film noir.

Music: old-school and underground country, country swing, underground hip-hop. Particularly fond of Blackalicious, Little Brother, Elvis Costello, Aimee Mann, Dwight Yoakam, and Loretta Lynn.

TV: Buffy, West Wing, Simpsons (seasons 1-7), Gilmore Girls, Supernatural, Archer, and occasionally Dr. Who. Generally, I only like shows that are basically funny and I resist anything that's very serious and important. So I appreciate the quality of Breaking Bad, but I'm never in the mood for where it wants to take me.

Books: Italo Calvino, David Sedaris, Jane Austen, Mark Twain, the religious-critical books of Bart D. Ehrman and Robert M. Price. Also, the novels of the Harlem Renaissance. When I'm slumming, I'm a sucker for non-romance urban fantasy, a la Jim Butcher, Kevin Hearne, Richard Kadrey, Mike Carey. Would love to read more women in this area, but the genre tends to slip very quickly into romance, which is often uninteresting because it's so easy to write it badly. I liked Seanan McGuire's first October Daye book and am about to risk Ilona Andrews. Fingers crossed! Women writers deserve money.

Comedy: I tend to like the weird abstract comics like Steven Wright, Emo Phillips, Maria Bamford, Eddie Izzard and Dmitri Martin. And of course I love the Onion and the Daily Show, but who doesn't?

Food: wish I liked food more, but I've got a bunch of ridiculous allergies and sensitivities (tree nuts kill me; vinegar and shrimp make me swell up), so going to fancy restaurants demands I ask the waiter about the ingredients of everything. I keep it simple, alas.
The six things I could never do without
Turner Classic Movies
Good bourbon
The Atlantic Monthly Puzzler (and other cryptic crosswords)
Duotrope (a writer's assistance website)
podcasts (esp. "This American Life") and audiobooks
Kindle for the iPod Touch
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Religion--how to do it healthily and why it goes bad. (When I was an atheist, I still tended to like religious people. Now that I'm a nontheist Quaker, I'm more fascinated than ever about why religion seems built so deeply into so many of us, and how to perform it lovingly.)
Happiness--how to get it and how to keep it around.
Stories and Jokes--how they're structured and what makes them entertaining.
The Future of Literature--still can't decide if Kindles are great or if they're going to kill all writers forever.
On a typical Friday night I am
[IN TALLAHASSEE, I'M USUALLY AT THE WINE LOFT OR WATER WORKS OR ALCHEMY; THIS PROFILE WAS WRITTEN IN TUCSON]

Haunting 4th Avenue. It's my favorite part of town, and I'm especially fond of The Surly Wench Pub, Plush, and the Sky Bar. I'm still relatively new in town, and when I was last here, all my friends were conservative Christians. So I could stand to meet new people and take on new interests. I still haven't seen any of our local burlesque shows or roller derby competitions, but that's the sort of thing I enjoy: dangerous women having unladylike fun.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I'm colorblind and you can sometimes tell this from my clothing.
I’m looking for
  • Girls who like guys
  • Ages 28–48
  • Near me
  • Who are single
  • For new friends, long-term dating, short-term dating, casual sex
You should message me if
You're a fan of, or participate in, burlesque, roller derby , female-led rock bands, belly dancing, and/or political satire. (I'm also a sucker for writers, librarians, linguists, and other brainy misfits.) I believe that all fundamentalism is grounded in contempt for human frailty. So don't be the kind of person who thinks everyone is stupid. I have also dated far too many negative women. While I admire sarcasm, I can only date women who don't mind being hugged and touched and who can see the upside to a bad day--even if this optimism is technically unrealistic. :)