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My self-summary
I'm a...Bibliophile, Amateur Chef, Graduate Student, Lover of extremely bad films, Lover of extremely good films, Not ashamed of guilty pleasures, Traveler near and far, Homebody (but not a hermit), Food writing junkie, Tolerant (but not a pushover), Tennis Player, Kentuckian, Knows rural/Prefers urban, Conversationalist, Aesthete, Sarcastic.

I'm not particularly looking for a life partner at the moment. But I'm serious about exploring sincere relationships with people and open to sharing in new experiences. My scholarship demands a lot of time from me, but it also encourages me to savor the moments I get to spend with interesting folks.
What I’m doing with my life
Currently a PhD student and associate instructor at I.U. Before I moved to Bloomington I was the Volunteer Coordinator and Small Shipments Manager at a small Non-profit organization in KY. The organization I used to work for delivers approx 250,000 textbooks and library books every year to over 70 different countries to promote global literacy and reduce poverty through educational development. I have also worked as a cinema projectionist, caterer (food prep), barista, line-worker at a peanut butter factory, and horse trainer.

In addition to teaching, I am also working as an archivist at the IU Libraries Moving Image Archive. Ask me about all the weird and wonderful films tucked away in the "vault."
I’m really good at
Cooking: I love to cook and experiment with new recipes. I am a bit of foodie and would like to have been a chef in another life.

Discussing literature, history, cinema, and education: Partially because its my job, but also because I think it helps me understand the world and my place in it a little bit better.

Tennis: If you are looking for a frequent tennis partner, I am always looking to play.

Thinking of unusual things to do: I get tired of routine, so I have learned to appreciate the small variations that can blossom into adventures.
The first things people usually notice about me
The fact that I am generally outspoken and sociable, despite the paradoxical reality that I can also be a bit shy and have a rich inner life.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
This could take forever, but I will (try to) keep it within reasonable length.

My favorite film director is Stanley Kubrick.
I also enjoy films by Wes Anderson, John Waters, Igmar Bergman, David F Friedman, Charlie Chaplin, Werner Herzog, Louis Bunuel.

(I recently realized how these are all much gender disparity in cinema, *sigh* So here are some directors that may not be well known, but have made some excellent films that I love: Mary Harron, Doris Wishman, Jamie Babbit, Cheryl Dunye, Barbara Hammer)

Some of my guilty cinema pleasures include old-school James Bond films, Garden State, Mannequin, Two Weeks Notice, early Kevin Smith films, (I appreciate what many consider to be "low" culture films that range from the unbearable to the disgustingly popular)

Best book I have read recently: In one Person
Book most influential on my life: The World According to Garp
Best novel before 1900: Jane Eyre
Best novel before 1800: Tristram Shandy

Favorite book:
on theory: Lover's Discourse
about cinema: Bold! Daring! Shocking! True!: A History of
Exploitation Films 1919-1959
about feminism: Bone Black
about history: Soldiers and Ghosts

I don't watch much TV, but I like snippets of dumb shows like What Not to Wear, Guntucky, Pawn Stars, Storage Wars. I am a lifelong Simpsons fan. I still go back and watch old episodes of No Reservations w/ Anthony Bourdain.

Elton John fan since I was seven years old. Beatles fan since I was ten. avant garde Jazz, bop, and jazz vocalists (particularly Julie London), Ridiculous top 40 radio, indie hipster melodic glam melodies, The Walkmen, St Vincent, The National, Foxy Shazam, Childish Gambino, The Talking Heads, some occasional old school hip-hop, and country only if it is before 1965, bluegrass (on Saturday mornings).

Best Thing I ever ate: Three Little Pigs sandwich at the Silver Palm in Chicago.
The six things I could never do without
a kitchen, my cat, a guitar, something to read, sardonic wit.
I spend a lot of time thinking about

Whether I am any good at this teaching thing or not.

How taste cultures are formed and adapted across different generic categories.

How kitsch and low cultural forms can be activated to promote social justice and meaningful responses to trauma.

The representation of ruins in film and media, ruined spaces as a site of rhetorical discourse and historical imagination, and the role of decay in local activism and public protest.

Whether my cat knows what it means to love.
Whether my cat wonders the same thing about me.

Urban ruins and the relationship people have to representations of abandoned places. I am very interested in the idea of "place-hacking" as a form of civic engagement.
On a typical Friday night I am
Seeing a movie at the IU cinema or the Drive-In, at Atlas Bar, out with people from my department, writing or grading.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I actually think the movie Elizabethtown is good.

I steal copy paper from the university.

I still encounter that sense of the uncanny when I play "Revolution #9" backwards.

I still use my fingers to do simple addition sometimes.
You should message me if
you want to go skiing in the winter or play tennis in the summer.
you would like to play "Next Food Network Star" in the kitchen with me.
you want to enjoy some simple things like walking around in an unexplored part of town.
you want to make out at the end of the bar like we've just met for the first time.
you want to watch strange and terrible movies.
you want to go to the drive-in theater.
you want to take a day trip to Louisville or Cincy.
you want a study partner.
you are curious about urban exploration or know of any interesting "off the beaten path" sites to go see.