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notincuneiform

37 M Chicago, IL

My Details

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Online now!
Orientation
Straight
Ethnicity
White
Height
5′ 5″ (1.65m)
Body Type
Fit
Diet
Strictly anything
Smokes
No
Drinks
Socially
Drugs
Religion
Judaism
Sign
Aquarius, but it doesn’t matter
Education
Graduated from Ph.D program
Job
Education
Income
$60,000–$70,000
Relationship Status
Single
Relationship Type
Mostly monogamous
Offspring
Doesn’t have kids, but might want them
Pets
Likes dogs
Speaks
English, French, Ancient Greek, Hebrew, Other

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My self-summary
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I'm still in Munich, but will be back in Chicago starting in September.

I used to live in post-colonial Williamsburg, but I've been bouncing from city to city as an itinerant postdoc for the past couple of years: Paris, Berlin, Berkeley, Jerusalem, and now Munich. I've had some great experiences in these cities, but it has made dating a bit of a challenge. I'm excited by the prospect of having the time to let a relationship develop should it want to, now that I have a longer-term position in Chicago---a city dear to my heart.

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, host dinners, attend the opera, and drink whiskey. 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'm pretty urban but want to spend more time in nature, so if you could help with that that would be great. It would also be fun to find someone with whom to go see movies at the Music Box.

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.
What I’m doing with my life
Don’t overthink this one; tell us what you’re doing day-to-day.
"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. I also enjoy Top Chef and get a feel-good feeling from watching The West Wing.

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. When living in Brooklyn, I trusted the band selection at Barbès; I'll need to find a good replacement now in Chicago. Suggestions?

I'm excited to be back where there are taquerias.
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, theaters showing old movies, black coffee, and argyle socks.
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
I’m an empty essay… fill me out!
If I have kids, I'd like to raise them Jewish (and then introduce them to Socrates at their Bar or Bat Mitzvah).
I’m looking for
  • Girls who like guys
  • Ages 27–42
  • Located anywhere
  • For new friends, long-term dating, short-term dating
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You don't mind that I am severely ignorant of most pop culture post-1992.