41Skokie, United States
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My self-summary
They say you should always open with a joke. How many Marxists does it take to change a light-bulb? None. The light-bulb contains the seeds of its own revolution.

Well, that probably would have been funny with some Groucho Marx timing (the funnier Marx!). Or not. I should have tried that one out on my college students first. I am a college film professor and I have tormented my students with some really terrible jokes over the years. I've always appreciated silly jokes and the anti-comedy of someone like Andy Kaufman or Steven Wright. Don't worry, I don't plan on bringing cue-cards with horrible jokes, or lip-syncing to Mighty Mouse, on a coffee date or anything like that. Though the dadaist in me would be amused to watch a date a like that unfold at the next table.

But that is the silly/ absurdist side of my personality. I am also very committed to my career. I moved back to Chicago several years ago (well, now technically the suburbs having just bought a condo) to begin my new life as a Professor after many years in graduate school completing my Doctorate. However, there is more to life than just pursuing a career. Finding someone to share my life with is as important.

In terms of what I am looking for with someone, I have never created an ideal type but a few things are important. I'm probably more compatible with someone who is politically and aesthetically liberal. Having adventurous tastes in music and movies is certainly a plus. Openness to new sounds and images, preferring a museum to a bar, or getting way too excited about books are positive signs as well. Emotional chemistry is also very important, but I tend to need to know somebody a little bit before that registers. I guess you can say it takes a bit to warm up to someone.

I forget if you are supposed to close with a joke , in which case:

How many Marxists does it take to change a light-bulb? None. The light-bulb contains the seeds of its own revolution.

Wait. I opened with that one. Maybe it was funnier the second time?
What I’m doing with my life
I am a college film professor. I consider myself lucky to have a job I love, though if you ask me when I am grading final papers I might change my mind. Not a big fan of meetings either.
I’m really good at
Buying too many records, owning too much vinyl and cds, watching any movie even really horrible ones, arriving early everywhere, spending too much time in a bookstore, and taking epic walks.
The first things people usually notice about me
The conjoined growing out of my back? (Ok, just checking if anybody reads this far.)
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Bands/Musicians: Killing Joke, Gang of Four, Voivod, Emmylou Harris, John Coltrane, Albert Ayler, Meshuggah, Phil Ochs, Napalm Death, Celtic Frost, Mr. Bungle, Midlake, Neurosis, Dead Kennedys, Katatonia, Randy Newman, The Jayhawks, Pere Ubu. Lately I've been on a Neil Young kick, listening to "On The Beach" and "Tonight's The Night" rather often. This list can go on and on. I am a huge music nerd.

Movies: Barry Lyndon, 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Traveling Players, Sherlock Jr, Aguirre: The Wrath of God, Daises, Jeanne Dielman, many Westerns, and of course Better Off Dead (the greatest teen comedy ever!) . Lately Tarkovsky films because I taught a course on him.

I did "The Big Sick" recently and I enjoyed it. Much better than "Baby Driver!" Also, I am totally obsessed with the New "Twin Peaks." I don't have a light though!

Food: I like food!

Favorite Novels: The Trial, The Magic Mountain, Gravity's Rainbow, Naked Lunch, and Ulysses. I'm also fond of Stephen King's It and bad Star Trek novels...oh and my collection of Complete Peanuts.
Six things I could never do without
Whiskey, my giant plasma television, my turntable, my gym membership, Iced Tea, Trader Joe's, and close friends.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Movies, arcane philosophical questions, The Simpsons, why people like morning meetings.
On a typical Friday night I am
I'm not a big bar person so I am mostly likely at a concert, a movie, or happily at home writing.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I've actually seen The Garbage Pail Kids Movie. Also Star Trek > Star Wars.
You should message me if
You want to say hi. Sometimes I can't think of an interesting opening to send along.
The two of us