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My self-summary
My grandmother thinks I'm perfect (a mensch). My best friends think I am utterly bizarre. Someone who alternates between childish immaturity and intellectual sophistication as quickly as my itunes jumps from The Venga Boys to Verdi. I can personally think of no better self-description than Larry David impersonating Bernie Sanders on SNL. A cynical idealist.

Taken together, these contradictory portraits should suffice.

Do I contradict myself? Very well then...
(I am large, I contain multitudes)
What I’m doing with my life
Scholar and educator. I have lofty goals, high aspirations, and consider myself a motivated person. The ambition? To save the world via writing, reading, teaching, thinking. This also involves exploring the world and learning...

I am currently on a fellowship, finishing my dissertation, so lots of "free time," but really no free time at all if you gather my drift. Blowing off steam at the gym and searching for inspiration at Philly's art museums offer a pleasant distraction.

In terms of meeting people I'd rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the saints.
I’m really good at
trivia (I own Jeopardy) and sailing (I own the Hudson River)
The first things people usually notice about me
I have a purple sweater with a huge pocket. Kind've like a posh Barney if he were a Kangaroo.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Novelists: James Baldwin, Thomas Mann, D.H. Lawrence, Joseph Conrad, Gustave Flaubert, George Eliot, and Jane Austen, "of course" (as Emma might put it). The final name is not disingenuous, I taught a class on her. And none of the students had seen Clueless. As if!

Poets: Baudelaire, Dickinson, Whitman, Yeats, Frost, Stevens, and Bishop.

Films: Annie Hall, Dr. Strangelove, and The Graduate. (my holy trinity: ego, super-ego, and id ). Others that immediately spring to mind are Swingers, Harold and Maude, My Cousin Vinny, and Ghostbusters. I'm a huge movie buff. Not to brag - but I shall brag nonetheless - I've seen all AFI Top 100 movies. "Criterion collection and chill"?

Shows: Curb and Seinfeld so I'm stuck with reruns. Occasionally Bill Maher.

Music: anything. I've been listening to The Doors, Talking Heads, and Stevie Nicks a lot recently. Most any genre will do, depends on the mood, Sam Cooke never gets old, really any Motown, neither do 80s new wave pop hits or the sweet sounds of Simon & Garfunkel. Classical music when I write in the morning, jazz when I write in the evening. 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.

I enjoy eating everything but long for Indonesian food from Holland.
The six things I could never do without
Coffee (and coffee flavored things; esp milkshakes)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
usually it is how to inspire my students and hoping they don't visit this page.

But right now the election. The fact that Trump is even on this "stage" is something unfathomable.
On a typical Friday night I am
having a glass of chianti (if at home) or a Manhattan (if out).
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I love musicals. Esp. Julie Andrews and Barbara Streisand. Not that there is anything wrong with that. But listening to me sing might permanently scar your ears.
You should message me if
you can write a message that consists of more than one sentence and conclude the message with your name (there is my okcupid cynicism).


you are imaginative, intellectual, compassionate, witty, and provocative (there is my okcupid idealism).