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36 M New York, NY

My Details

Last Online
Oct 1, 2009
5′ 10″ (1.78m)
Body Type
Graduated from med school
Rather not say
Relationship Status
Relationship Type
English, Latin (Poorly), Spanish (Poorly)

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My self-summary
Hi, I'm Luke.

I came to New York four years ago hoping to meet interesting sick people (check) and interesting not-so-sick people (I’ve met a few). If you’re the former, we probably shouldn’t be meeting here and maybe you should call an ambulance? That’s what I’d do.

If you’re the latter, neat! Let’s get coffee and tell stories.

After a few years traveling through Arizona and Florida and way more hanging around the horse farm, I decided that it was time to move to New York. While the rest of my class was being handed diplomas in Phoenix, I was discussing heavily-medicated schizophrenics on Third Avenue. I got mine in the mail.

The diploma, that is, not the schizophrenic.

Because I'm pretty sure it's illegal to mail schizophrenics.

When I’m on the road, my old Gibson J-50 acoustic Maybelleine rides shotgun; the backseat is filled with Nikon lenses, juggling equipment, old books on mythology and stars and magic realism, letters from friends I try to visit on my cross-country drives. I listen to shoegazer nonstop, and sing loudly and badly in the car when the music runs out.

I am easily amused, overcaffeinated, and needlestick-prone
What I’m doing with my life
Writing stories, when I have the time. And walking around looking for them.

Otherwise, I'll be spending the next few decades doing rather objectively unpleasant things with ventilators and needles (I wash blood off my Converse uncomfortably often but promise never to bring it up again, starting now).

EDIT: I'm getting asked often what I actually do. Internal medicine, on my way to becoming an intensivist.

I am an intensivist when I'm not working, too. It's something I'm working on.
I’m really good at
I need a few months to write my story about a mad Pope, my book about a faked-but-not-quite moon landing, and enough songs to fill a demo tape. I dream of starting a band and moving back to Brooklyn to live off rice and beans and Awesome. But then again, I also dream of bears and guillotines. Not all dreams are good.
The first things people usually notice about me
my notebooks.

and my haggard post-call desperately-need-to-sleep look.

(it's very fetching)
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I am out of space in my bookshelves and big piles are stacking up in my apartment. I am like a cat lady, except that the cats are books and don't have claws and I'm not into wearing purple...want to borrow a few? Books, not cats. Trickster Makes This World (Lewis Hyde), Invisible Cities and Cosmicomics (Italo Calvino), Gentlemen of the Road (Michael Chabon), Island of the Day Before (Umberto Eco), Godel Escher Bach (Hofstadter), and always Borges.

Music! Endless.

Belle and Sebastian, Velvet Underground, Mendoza Line, Bob Dylan, St. Thomas, Neil Young, Decemberists, Mojave 3, Norfolk and Western, Okkervil River, Julie Doiron, Rich Mullins, Yo La Tengo, Arcade Fire!, Azure Ray, Rilo Kiley, Shearwater, Mirah, Iron and Wine, Slowreader, Innocence Mission, Magnetic Fields, Neutral Milk Hotel, Elliott Smith, Dear Nora, Emiliana Torrini, Camera Obscura, Ryan Adams, Jenny Lewis, Yann Tiersen, Stereolab, Joanna Newsom, Devendra Banhart, Sufjan Stevens, Lady Sovereign, Momus, Peter Himmelman, Andrew Bird, Feist, Metric, Band of Horses, Whiskeytown, Neko Case, New Pornographers, the La's, Bauhaus, Regia, Orange Peels, Cinerama, Masters of the Hemisphere, Monkees, Pavement, Lavender Diamond, Sunset Rubdown, The Bird and the Bee, Chris Garneau, CSS, Beirut, The Do, Lykke Li, Winterpills, Woodpigeon, Bon Iver, The Bowerbirds, Fruit Bats, Black Kids, Ra Ra Riot, Friska Viljor, Steso Songs, Cold Mailman, Katy Perry, Fleet Foxes, Ra Ra Riot, Astronautalis, 20 minute loop, The Futureheads, The Dresden Dolls, The Long Blondes, Coeur de Pirate
The six things I could never do without
--pens (Muji, specifically)
--paper (Moleskines of every shape and size)
--Caroline, my Martin 000-15 lefty acoustic
--the strings that are strung on Caroline (there are six, and all of them are dear to me)
--New York City, in particular its secret bars

I have space for one more.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
labyrinths, constellations, chemicals, chords, words and how to fit them all together.
On a typical Friday night I am
Alchemizing. Meds for a heart attack, whiskey and tequila, or words and notes, depending.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
You have swine flu, but haven't noticed yet and I feel bad about telling you while it's such a nice day outside.

...There were elephants coming out of the tunnel into Manhattan a few months ago. I was all like, CARTHAGINIANS KILL THEIR ELEPHANTS but everyone around here is soft and anyway there was a clown riding on one of them so we were all afraid.
I’m looking for
  • Girls who like guys
  • Ages 18–33
  • Near me
  • Who are single
  • For new friends, long-term dating, short-term dating
You should message me if
I will admit: I am unjustly choosy. It takes a lot to pry me away from my guitar and my notebooks. Though good conversation is usually enough.