I've joined OKCupid mostly to find new friends. It doesn't matter to me whether they're in-person friends that I can get together with or long-distance pen pals, as long as we've got something to talk about!
I'm presently a college student pursuing a double major in English Literature and Russian. I hope to carry on with this for the foreseeable future, eventually earning a masters degree, and then a Ph.D. Though it's a difficult position to attain, I hope to be a full-fledged professor one day. To me, this represents an ideal future -- being able to read and research literature on a daily basis, teaching it to others, learning new things. Honestly, this is what I'd be doing with my time anyway, so I may as well find a way to turn it into a career, right?
Though literature (and in particular, Russian literature) is probably my main interest, I'm also into many other aspects of the arts as well. I realize that this is true of quite a lot of people, so it might be more elucidating to list some of my absolute favorites:
When it comes to books, my favorite is Dostoevsky, especially "The Brothers Karamazov". If I were forced to answer the "desert island" question, that would be the one book I'd bring. I also love the psychological insight and wordplay of Nabokov, the obsessive layers of Pynchon, the blacklung beauty of Charles Dickens, the romance of Hugo and Melville, the Zen brilliance of Salinger, the restrained misanthropy of Mishima, and countless others.
I'm big into film as well, and consider myself a major fan of Woody Allen, P.T. Anderson, Ingmar Bergman, Francois Truffaut, Federico Fellini, Orson Welles, Krzysztof Kieslowski, Hayao Miyazaki, and more. Some of my absolute favorite films are "The Seventh Seal", "Fanny and Alexander", "Stardust Memories", "Crimes and Misdemeanors", "Boogie Nights", "Magnolia", "Three Colors Trilogy", "My Neighbor Totoro", "8 1/2", and probably thousands of others that I'm forgetting.
I'm also into some types of manga, animation, and video games, but mostly older stuff like Osamu Tezuka, Mitsuru Adachi, Riyoko Ikeda, original Gundam, NES, Sega Master System, etc.
If anyone is still reading this, allow me to apologize for being so long-winded about what kind of art I like. Hopefully, though, it gives a picture of not just what I like entertainment-wise, but also an approximation as to where my values and beliefs lie because for me, art is closely entwined with who I am as a person.
Lest I be thought of as some dry, dusty old professor, however, let me state that I do enjoy a lot of other pursuits.
I love baseball and try to attend at least a few games every season, in addition to those I can catch on television. To me, it's just the most awesome sport, no comparison. I'd even love to play a few casual games if I could get enough people together!
I attend a martial arts class about three times a week, and enjoy it for both exercise and spiritual reasons.
I'd love to learn more about music, as well as maybe learn to play an instrument in the future (probably the piano). Maybe I'll meet the right teacher on here?
Philosophically speaking, I guess I'm something of an existentialist. Before anyone runs screaming, I'm not at all the brooding emo type; it's simply that at this point in my life, I prefer the idea of a personally prescribed meaning of life rather than a universally prescribed one. That said, I do have some "secular spiritual" leanings that I guess could also qualify me as a Buddhist, even if I haven't fully adopted that state of mind yet (and might never). Like anyone else in life, my feelings about this kind of thing are pretty mixed and complex. If it helps you get a handle on me, however, one of the best summaries of my agnostic spiritual philosophy I've ever heard actually came from my martial arts teacher: "Just be a good person. Then, God will love you!" As simple, and as difficult, as that, I suppose.
Well, hopefully that provides a useful summary of who I am as a person. I hope to meet up with some interesting, good-hearted people through this site, so if I sound interesting to you in the slightest, let me know, and we'll talk!
I am artistic, philosophical, and compassionate