BullCityRed
29 Brooklyn, United States
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My self-summary
I'm a Southern boy transplanted to Brooklyn. After years of habituation, I will only say "ya'll" at times of extreme pressure or necessity. I go to grad school for philosophy, and when I need a break from the small print and long books, I like to unwind by playing guitar and harmonica or else firing up Duolingo to working on my German. I'm a voracious reader, a lover of trivia and weird history, and I can provide sworn witnesses upon request as to the quality of my Martinis.
What I’m doing with my life
Studying and hoping someday someone will pay me for thinking great thoughts instead of just continuing on pro bono. Until then, the usual grind of academia - writing, reading, learning to look very erudite even when taken by surprise, etc. I earn my keep by transcribing focus groups, which is exactly as exciting as you think it is (except for the wiretaps where I get to let out my inner Lester Freamon-but I've already said too much!). Otherwise, making music, going out, staying in, and generally enjoy life.
I’m really good at
Professionally speaking, picking apart the differences between Stoic and Epicurean theories of knowledge. Somewhat less esoterically, I would say conversation. I love to talk and joke and debate, and feel I've missed out if I can't pick up a good story or two in return from whoever I'm speaking to.

If I'm allowed two, see above re: Martinis. If three, aiding lost tourists on the subway (I must have a friendly face)
The first things people usually notice about me
My curly blond hair.

Also, I've twice three times had people come up to me unprompted and compliment my eyes, so I'd say they're a close second.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Definitely too many to list, so as a compromise, on my most recent trip to the bookstore I picked up some short stories by Melville, a book of poems by Frank O'Hara, and a collection of ancient biographies of Socrates. That's a pretty accurate reflection of what I'm usually reading. Favorite Prose Author: Nabokov. Favorite Poet: Yeats, or, depending on mood, Frank O'Hara. Currently Reading: my ever-growing stack of old New Yorkers.

I've got pretty old fashioned taste in music. Really into blues (where I got my username from, if you're curious), jazz, Irish trad, and old-timey country. 80s pop and hip-hop are my guilty pleasures. If you like any songs from the Anthology of American Folk Music, we'll probably be friends

My first cinematic love was gangster movies like The Godfather, Goodfellas, and Scarface. A big fan of Scorsese and Coppola (Mean Streets, After Hours, and Apocalypse Now especially) as well as more off-the wall stuff like Inland Empire and Last Year in Marienbad. Last movie I've seen: Tickled

I'm a serious TV procrastinator. Currently finishing Mad Men and trying to avoid spoilers for season two of True Detective. For something lighter, I turn to Rick & Morty and Bojack Horseman. Not sure if this should go here or movies, but I think TCM is one of the only reasons to have cable. Also, I will never get tired of Yes, Minister (Sir Humphrey is my admiration-detestation)

I will eat and love anything, but if forced to pick, Italian.
The six things I could never do without
Books
Wikipedia (I've wasted more hours following random links than I care to admit)
My crockpot (Answering the age-old riddle, "How does someone who can't cook manage to eat?")
Strong Black Coffee
A good rye whisky (I believe in having few vices but cultivating them well)
A sense of humor
I spend a lot of time thinking about
A lot of things. My future would be the main one, I suppose, both in a existential, big-question sense of "Am I doing the right thing with my life?" as well as in the more immediate problem of where to get lunch this afternoon.
On a typical Friday night I am
My usual Friday plan is hanging out with friends at over cheap drinks at the local pub, discussing the sorry state of the world. Of course, I'm always happy to go to a concert or show, if the mood strikes me and the company is good. And on some nights, when it's too hot, too cold, too nasty, or the MTA is being particularly cruel to the C train, I'll settle in for a Netflix marathon.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
The most bizarre interaction I've ever had with the police was when I was ticketed by undercover cops in Venice for having an expired water taxi ticket. I am not too sad to hear that the city is sinking into the sea.
You should message me if
You're a Marxist of the Groucho variety.

You think you can top the ludicrousness of the story about how I nearly disemboweled myself performing Shakespeare

You want to meet up at the location of your favorite dive, the one that has the great jukebox, for some bar room philosophizing and serious raconteuring.
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