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My self-summary
My grandmother says I'm a mensch. My friends think I am utterly bizarre and highly eccentric. Someone who alternates between childish immaturity and intellectual sophistication as quickly as my itunes jumps from The Venga Boys to Verdi.

But that is what others think. I tell them eccentricity is the mark of genius! I am not that arrogant: a more appropriate image would be Larry David impersonating Bernie Sanders on SNL. A cynical idealist.

Do I contradict myself? Very well then...
(I am large, I contain multitudes)
What I’m doing with my life
Scholar and educator. Nomad.

I spend my time blowing off steam at the gym and searching for inspiration by roaming around the city without any particular direction: looking at art, listening to music, watching people, taking in the sights and smells.
I’m really good at
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.

My appearance tends to belie my anarchic personality.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Baldwin, Lawrence, Flaubert, Baudelaire, Dickinson, Yeats, and Frost. 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!

I am currently reading Reading Lolita in Tehran.

Films: Annie Hall, Dr. Strangelove, and The Graduate. (my holy trinity: ego, super-ego, and id ). Others that immediately spring to mind are Harold and Maude, My Cousin Vinny, La Dolce Vita, Godfather, and Blazing Saddles. "Criterion collection and chill"?

The last great movie I watched was The Apartment.

Shows: Grew up on Nick at Nite (esp. Mary Tyler Moore), Seinfeld, and then Curb. So always stuck with reruns.

Shows should also apply to the theater... Philly has some great playhouses, check them out.

Music: I've been listening to Elvis Costello, Leonard Cohen, Sam Cooke, Wu Tang Clan. 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
A Pecan Pie and a Rye Manhattan
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
having a glass of chianti if at home reading/writing or a Manhattan if out socializing.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I own and still listen to Savage Garden's greatest hits cd: Truly Madly Completely.
You should message me if
you can write a message that consists of more than one sentence and includes your name (there is my okcupid cynicism).


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