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37 M Chicago, IL

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5′ 5″ (1.65m)
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Aquarius, but it doesn’t matter
Graduated from Ph.D program
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Mostly monogamous
Doesn’t have kids, but might want them
Likes dogs
English, French, Ancient Greek, Hebrew, Other

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My self-summary
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I teach literature and philosophy, and write about religion and politics in the ancient world. My first degree was in art history and I've spent a lot of time working in museums. I practice yoga intermittently, love hosting dinners, started attending the opera as a way to rebel in high school, and drink whiskey neat. I'm a big fan of Alice Water's "The Art of Simple Food"---it's like Rousseau's Second Discourse but with recipes.

I enjoy the research component of an academic life, but my real passion is for liberal arts teaching. I still have much work to do before I can run a seminar in a manner I'd consider successful, but so far I've loved every minute that I've sat in a classroom discussing a good book with a group of students.

I've lived all my life in great urban centers and most of my traveling has been to visit cultural sites. I still love it, but I'm trying to balance things with more activities out in nature. So if you want to inspire me to do more hiking or sailing, that would be great. That said, it would also be fun to find someone with whom to go see movies at the Music Box, as well as relaxing on the couch streaming episodes of Doogie Howser.
What I’m doing with my life
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"What should I be doing? Eating kreplech?"
I’m really good at
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Friendship. I'm working on being good at relationships.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
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Authors I care enough about to teach: Herodotus, Plato, Maimonides, Spinoza, Nietzsche... And then, as a historian of ancient religion, I also spend lots of time thinking about what a friend once called "Sumerian tax returns" (aka ancient Near Eastern cuneiform texts).

Some stuff I've been reading on the subway recently includes Marilynne Robinson's "Gilead" (the best book I've ever read about Protestant ministers in Iowa), Edmund Wilson's "To the Finland Station," Virginia Woolf's "A Room of One's Own," Amos Oz's "A Tale of Love and Darkness," and The Ramayana. I re-read The Great Gatsby every time I am called for jury duty.

Movies I consider really good include The Thin Man, The Searchers, The Big Sleep, and some others that don't begin with "The" (e.g., Der letzte Mann, Le Mépris, and La Notte). Movies I grew up on include The Great Muppet Caper (age 4), Blazing Saddles (daily from age 6 to 10), Manhattan (age 16 to 19), Amadeus and Metropolitan (19-21). I've been feeling an urge to re-watch Fitzcarraldo recently.

It's become a cliché to say that you don't own a television, and in my case certainly a disingenuous one, as I find myself watching a shitload of TV off of my laptop. Like everyone else, I support the recent turn to well-written drama shows: The Wire, True Detective, Breaking Bad, Mad Men, etc., etc. Top Chef and The West Wing allow me to live vicariously two career paths I didn't take.

Bach and black coffee set my head straight in the morning. Rameau is good for writing. Mozart and Da Ponte wrote my favorite operas. I appreciate Thelonious Monk's braininess and Lightnin' Hopkins' honesty. My dad played lots of French music when I was growing up: I still listen to Jacques Brel while riding trains in the Low Countries and was psyched to attend an Enrico Macias concert in New York the day I finished writing my dissertation. I will stand by Guns n Roses. Daniel Kahn revealed to me what Brecht is all about. And the Baby Soda Jazz Band is just pure fun.

I like noodles and dumplings in all forms and am excited to be living again where there are taquerias. (Extra points if there is a hole-in-the-wall restaurant you want to share with me, or if you want to go search for one together.)
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
Bookshelves, conversations at Jimmy's, Mimi's pizza, revival movie theaters, black coffee, and morning sex. I could live without argyle socks, but why should I have to?
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
How to live a flourishing human life.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
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If I have kids, I'd like to raise them Jewish (and then introduce them to Socrates at their Bar or Bat Mitzvah).
You should message me if
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If you think it is cooler to introduce me to the things that excite you in life than write me off because I haven't listed them above yet. And you expect the same from me.