After a little over a year, Chicago's starting to feel like home. I still feel a pull from some past homes though: the southern college town where I grew up and New York where I spent several years in between. Consequently I have mixed feelings about cold weather and strong opinions about bagels.
What I’m doing with my life
I was headed toward academia but got a great job opportunity that led me here. Now I work at a place where I get to do applied social science research that helps people (nonprofits, companies, political campaigns) learn about the world around them. I feel super lucky that I get to work on really interesting problems, with a bunch of really cool/smart folks.
Work can be exhausting, so it's just as important to get out of that headspace sometimes. That may mean: live music, art museum(s), theater/readings, movies with subtitles, a good run and lazy Sundays with the New York Times / New Yorker.
I’m really good at
...butchering a joke. I like to think I've gotten a little better
since I was four, but maybe not. I generally make up for it with
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Murakami, Calvino and Chabon are some standby favorites. Also, John Berryman, David Berman and Tony Hoagland. When I want a quick read and a good laugh I'll go back to The Princess Bride (the book) which I've probably read like 5 or 6 times.
TV: 30 Rock forever. But also: Rectify, Deadwood, Adventure Time.
Movies: The Hudsucker Proxy, Closely Watched Trains, Happy Go Lucky, Frances Ha.
Music: I'll go see pretty much anything if it's a good live show. Some of these include: Andrew Bird, Mucca Pazza, Slavic Soul Party, Belle and Sebastian. If a band has an accordionist or a large brass section, I will probably like them. Love pretty much everything on CHIRP radio.
All the podcasts, but specifically: The Gist, Slate Culture Gabfest, The Thrilling Adventure Hour (RIP) and The BBC4 News Quiz.
Food: Pretty much every day.
Places: Love movies at the Music Box or the Siskel; shows/events at the Hideout (past veggie bingo winner here); and I get a lot of mileage out of my kitchen and my porch.
The six things I could never do without
A good workout of some kind (jogging, swimming, etc.).
Steaming hot showers.
A pen in my pocket.
A quiet moment to myself now and again.
Long conversations with the people I care about.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Honestly...what my next meal is going to be. I take food pretty
On a typical Friday night I am
Probably having a drink, whether in or out. Beyond that: I like movie nights, game nights and shooting pool in dive bars.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I'm a Jew from the south. It's not a secret or anything, but for some reason this blows some peoples' minds.
You should message me if
You have some ambition and a little bit of a bleeding heart; like to watch the credits roll after a movie; and/or want to try out some new recipes.