I'm a dialectologist. I've loved both maps and pronunciation my whole life and have been lucky enough to get into the field where I get to think about both professionally—if only I could find a tenure-track job.
I'm from Massachusetts; I moved to Toronto two years ago after 10 years in Philadelphia, and I'm slowly getting to know the city.
I'm a performer. It's hard to find time to actually get on stage now, but you can always find opportunities to perform in some way, even just among friends. I'm a better actor than I am a singer, but I like singing more.
I'm a geek; I'm a puzzle solver; I'm an unexpected extrovert; I'm a distributor of peppermints.
Movies is a little harder. Maybe Beauty and the Beast, the Rhapsody in Blue segment of Fantasia 2000, Contact, The Great Muppet Caper, Amélie, maybe Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Spirited Away, Moonrise Kingdom?
Current favorite TV shows include Orphan Black, Steven Universe, and Only Connect; all-time favorite shows include The Muppet Show, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and Avatar: The Last Airbender. I want to interpret "favorite shows" though as meaning favorite Broadway shows, in which case my favorites include My Fair Lady, Fiddler on the Roof, Guys and Dolls, A Little Night Music, and In the Heights, among I suppose many others.
Favorite music, relatedly, is largely showtunes; also very fond of klezmer and I have a soft spot for the Grateful Dead and other '60s–'70s rock.
Favorite foods: Fresh mozzarella and basil. Gelato. Hot chocolate from Burdick's, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Spaghetti sauce with a lot of mushrooms and peppers. Corn chowder. Grapefruit. The Thousand-Layer Bread from the Burmese restaurant in Philadelphia. Peppermint.