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My self-summary
My friends think I am utterly bizarre and highly eccentric: one who alternates between childish immaturity and intellectual sophistication as quickly as my itunes jumps from The Venga Boys to Verdi.

But that is what they think. I tell them eccentricity is the mark of genius! A more appropriate image would be Larry David impersonating Bernie Sanders on SNL. The fusion of cynicism and idealism. My irony is always quite sincere. Do I contradict myself? Very well then. I am large. I contain multitudes.
What I’m doing with my life
Scholar and educator. Reader, writer, teacher.

I just finished my dissertation so I am catching up on everything I missed during hibernation and conquering one existential crisis at a time.

My only summer plans are to catch up on all these back issues of the Nation and the New Yorker, to frequent museums, finish writing some essays, read some good books, finally "learn" opera, and perfect my karoke rendition of David Bowie's Modern Love.
I’m really good at
sailing, cooking
The first things people usually notice about me
I have a purple sweater with a huge pocket that makes me look like a posh Barney if he were a Kangaroo.

My appearance belies my anarchic personality.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
DH Lawrence, James Baldwin, Gustave Flaubert, Charles Baudelaire, Emily Dickinson, Thomas Mann, WB Yeats. And Oscar Wilde and Jane Austen. That final name is not disingenuous, I taught a class on her. And none of the students had seen Clueless. As if!

Films: Annie Hall, Dr. Strangelove, and The Graduate. (my holy trinity: ego, super-ego, and id respectively ). Harold and Maude, Easy Rider, Ghostbusters, and all of Mel Brooks just miss the cut. Criterion collection and chill?

Music: The three best concerts I've attended were 1) Joni Mitchell and Donovan; 2) Blondie and Pat Benatar; and 3) the Anger Management tour featuring Eminem, G-Unit, and Lil Jon. Recently I've been listening to lots of Talking Heads, Patti Smith, Elvis Costello, Leonard Cohen, The Cure, and Sam Cooke.
Six things I could never do without
A Pecan Pie, a Rye Manhattan, and some pen and paper
I spend a lot of time thinking about
how to inspire my students and hoping they don't visit this page.
On a typical Friday night I am
pretending to be Bacchus
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Hmmm. I love musicals. Broadway or film. I have most of Funny Girl, My Fair Lady, West Side Story, and Sound of Music memorized.
You should message me if
you are imaginative, intellectual, compassionate, witty, and provocative (okcupid idealism).


you can write a message that has substance (e.g. more than simply "hey") and includes your name (okcupid cynicism).
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