30 Watertown, MA
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My self-summary
A friend of mine drew a comic about me:

This section could easily become a profoundly abrasive rant about the cliches that define online dating profiles, male and female alike. I'll save that for conversation.

I'm a historian, so describing things should be something I'm good at. But describing yourself... I think most historians would admit that's not an easy task, though some try. Hell, I'm not even that well sourced! (Historian humor).

Let's put it this way: I really really care about things I think are important (work, friendship, family, politics, enjoyment) and really really don't care about much else.
What I’m doing with my life
A history phd program. It keeps me from wandering the streets- most of the time.

Technically I should be doing history stuff all the time, including right now. But I ditch! Not just for online dating but also for hanging out, playing games, walking around... Human stuff. That's what humans do, right?
I’m really good at
- Listening
- Ranting- contradictory combo, but true.
- Bachelor cooking
- Book recommendations
- I know this isn't exactly the sexiest thing, but I generally do what I say I am going to do.
- Like showing up to things on time.
- Form an orderly queue, ladies
The first things people usually notice about me
I have unusually long hair for a man. Long lustrous shiny hair.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books- Fiction: Walter Miller, "A Canticle for Leibowitz", John Toole "A Confederacy of Dunces", Mikhail Bulgakov "The Master and Margarita", Kurt Vonnegut, Hunter S. Thompson, Evelyn Waugh, Flann O'Brien, Ray Chandler, Herman Melville, Louis-Ferdinand Celine, Anthony Trollope, Philip K. Dick, Jean Rhys, Dashiell Hammett, Jorge Luis Borges, Charles Portis, Jaroslav Hasek "The Good Soldier Svejk", Isaac Babel "Red Cavalry Stories," Ralph Ellison "The Invisible Man," John Dolan "Pleasant Hell," Doris Lessing "The Golden Notebook," Stendhal "The Red and the Black", Octavia Butler "The Parable of the Sower", James Ellroy, Roberto Bolano "The Savage Detectives." A lot of historians and theorists. Like a lot. Ask me about them, if you want.

Movies: Barry Lyndon, Heat, Step Brothers, Burn!, L'armee des ombres, Election, Point Break, Manhunter, a lot more but I'm inconsistent with my movie-watching.

TV: Peep Show, Rick and Morty, Arrested Development, The Wire, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Bob's Burgers, The Mighty Boosh, Oz, True Detective, Bojack Horseman

Music: Beck, White Stripes, The Pack A.D., Black Keys, Mars Volta, Gogol Bordello, Van Morrison, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Townes Van Zandt. Excursions into reggae, metal, Cuban jazz. My knowledge of contemporary music is spotty. Feel free to enlighten me!

Food: I like all kinds, but am especially partial to Indian and Cuban.
The six things I could never do without
Besides obvious survival necessities? Reading material, somewhere to walk around, my spice cabinet, people to talk to, pens, slack-time.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Why questions, mostly. Endless why questions like a toddler. That's what advanced education does.
On a typical Friday night I am
Sometimes out. Sometimes drinking beer and watching Oz with my roommates. I kind of prefer the latter if I'm being honest.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
As a child I was a disgracefully poor loser. Really poor!
You should message me if
You want someone to cook you something, or read aloud to you (you can choose what it is, I'm not picky), or both. Or neither, I guess!