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33 M Chicago, IL

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Last Online
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5′ 10″ (1.78m)
Body Type
Mostly anything
Cancer, but it doesn’t matter
Graduated from Ph.D program
Relationship Status
Relationship Type
Doesn’t have kids, but wants them
Likes dogs and likes cats
English (Fluently), Spanish (Okay), Hebrew (Okay), Ancient Greek (Fluently), Latin (Okay)

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My self-summary
7/14/14 - resuming selective use of okcupid after a crazy month of working, traveling and then moving.

I am a high-functioning knowledge-aholic. Seriously. I read voraciously, and I would work for books. Just about every intellectual subject (and many a non-intellectual one) fascinates me. I'm kind of like that guy in that Twilight Zone episode if he didn't need glasses. And, you know, didn't want to be the only person left on Earth. That would suck.

I always try to be completely honest with myself and with the people who matter to me. I look for the same in them.

I would definitely consider becoming your partner in crime, especially if the crime involves a room full of lasers, grappling hooks, retina scans, art stolen by Nazis, and an unconventional get-away vehicle.

If I really care about someone, I'm very affectionate, even playfully mischievous. While any number of things irritate me, I very seldom lose my temper. Even in airports.

I grew up in a typically neurotic, Jewish family in New York. Since then, studying and teaching have taken me all across this great land.

I relate well to children, and I don't know exactly why. We seem to understand each other. Also, they have cool toys.

I still love to watch cartoons and read comic books.

I really enjoy music, comedy, plays, and movies - but plays especially. Chicago has a fantastic theater scene, and I'm loving it.

I write poetry. It's not completely terrible. (My friends tell me it's good, but they are suspect.) I'm into meter in a big way.

I'm taking improv classes at Second City. Laughter might well be the best thing on Earth.

I think robots are about the funniest thing ever.

I like women who are ambitious, funny, and have a personal 'style' (and not necessarily a conventional one). I find intelligence to be sexy.

Basically, I'm just waiting to meet the right nymphomaniac to settle down with.
What I’m doing with my life
Seeking the answers to life's greatest questions. Seriously. I'm a philosophy professor.
Doing my best to make the world a more rational and less boring place.
I’m really good at
analytical reasoning.
watching tv. (I can burn through a season on netflix like a mother-f*er.)
going off on tangents. (I decided to add this line - just this line - to my profile, and found myself half an hour later with a completely rewritten music/movies/books section... and I had forgotten to add this line.)
procrastinating, although I'm trying to get less good at it... or, rather, I will be trying, sometime soon.
trivia; one day I will strike it rich on Jeopardy.
wiggling my ears.
asking lots of questions.
those logic puzzles that go, "one of these men only tells lies..." or "the boy who plays the tuba is not the contortionist, and Lila is taller than Sam, but surlier than Carlos. Which child has the red weasel?"
MST3k'ing crappy movies.
fitting tons of stuff into trunks and life's many other tetrisy challenges.
The first things people usually notice about me
My eyes.
Also, my hair: it looks like salt & pepper when it is longer, but when it's shorter you can see that I have spots of white hair. This started in my early teens, and by the time I was 20 some Mexican friends of mine had nicknamed me "Dálmatin"* I don't dye it because it makes me look too young to myself.

* (Yeah, I know it should have been "Dálmata". They used a lot of slang.)
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I'll begin by mentioning a few (popular) things I do not like:
Malcom Gladwell - Fraud.
The Great Gatsby - I've never understood why this is thought to be a great novel. If you think it is, though, I will gladly hear your reasons with an open mind.
Orange is the New Black - I wanted to like it, but there's a limit for me on how unsympathetic the main characters can be at the start of a series. Sorry.
The Smiths - I tried damn hard to like them. If you like the music I like, then you're *supposed* to like the Smiths. Couldn't do it. Boo-f*#k'ing-hoo, Morrissey, boo-f*#king-hoo.
Napoleon Dynamite; also Bottle Rocket, and for similar reasons. (I love Rushmore, though.)

Music: Sometimes I semi-strut down the street listening to the Velvet Underground or the Modern Lovers. When I die, I want the pallbearers to carry my coffin accompanied by "Here comes your man". On a lazy Sunday afternoon I'll make mojitos and we can listen to Django. In summary, I love indie music and pre-punk/post-punk, and I also enjoy folk/singer-songwriter stuff, blue-grass, blues, early jazz, certain kinds of classical music (baroque sounds like music for poodles), and selected works of rap/hip-hop.

Here are some recent TV shows I've really liked:
Arrow. Longmire. Fresh Meat.
Homeland and True Detective rock.
I am obsessed with Archer.
Beyond that, I probably like a lot of the same cool shows you do.

For books... I don't know where to begin. Too many.
The six things I could never do without
* Books. This is its own category. I will die without books.
Books : me :: water : fish.

* Poetry / Beer (tie)
* Lou Reed (and similar music)
* Total solitude for at least 30 minutes a day
* Enormous cooking pot / ice maker (tie)
* Trader Joes / NPR (tie) [Don't infer too much crunchiness from these two. E.g. Whole foods can eat an over-priced, local, organic bag of dicks.]

Wait. I'm supposed to say my friends and family, right? Yes. I need them too. I'm told that people who need people are the luckiest people. That's why lottery winners are always co-dependent.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
a poem, if I'm in the middle of writing one.
whether there is a Wizard/Witch university you can go to after Hogwarts.
ancient Greek ideas.
how the best solution to crime in Chicago would be Batman.
how to finish a verse translation of Borges' Spinoza sonnet (it's been a year and I still can't crack the concluding two lines...*sigh*).
if there are children starving for attention in China, should I act out at the dinner table?
whatever it is I am writing at the time.

UPDATE: I finally cracked that Borges translation!
On a typical Friday night I am
out and about. (Easy-Medium week)
home relaxing/decompressing. (Hard week)
still writing. (Really Hard week)
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
...would no longer be private once I admitted it in a dating profile.

Fine. I didn't learn to tie my shoes until I was 8 or 9. Until then I had to rely on velcro.
I’m looking for
  • Girls who like guys
  • Ages 26–36
  • Near me
  • Who are single
  • For new friends, long-term dating, short-term dating
You should message me if catch any grammatical mistakes above. crave artistic, intellectual and physical stimulation (not necessarily in that order). appreciate obscure references to pop culture and high culture in the same sentence. Seriously, I have a fantasy that begins with a woman correcting me for slightly misquoting Housman's "To an Athlete Dying Young" during an impromptu analysis of season 4 of Arrested Development. She would agree, however, that it was a painful disappointment. (A bit over-the-top, I realize...) embody or appreciate geek-chic. know where I can find the six-fingered man who killed my father.