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My self-summary
University professor. Cerebral but grounded. Fancy myself entertaining, but that's for others to judge. Leftist politically. I appreciate literature, occasional cigars, classical music, and World War I. Would live in Paris circa 1880 if such a thing could be arranged. Since it cannot, I read as many 19th century novels as possible to try and reconcile myself to the cruel lot destiny has dealt me.

I think a worthy life turns on creativity, curiosity, and compassion. I also like trees, Kant, Post-Impressionism, The Clash, antique books, Charles Baudelaire, and seriousness of purpose. I detest Andy Warhol, libertarians, lemon meringue pie, late Heidegger, and smallness of soul. I try to be a vegetarian, with mixed results. I also try to be both agnostic and generous, and in these areas think that I consistently succeed. I believe that "I, Claudius," "Upstairs, Downstairs," and "Arrested Development" were among the finest things ever put on television (though I no longer own one). I additionally believe that good Roquefort is the king of cheeses.

This is my creed.
What I’m doing with my life
It is frequently more a question of what my life is doing with me... That said, I guess I'll add that I spend a lot of my time with reading, writing, taking meditative walks around the city, and doing what modest bit I can to make the world a little better for folks (volunteering).
I’m really good at
Mixing frivolous enjoyment with the above-mentioned seriousness of purpose. A tough balancing act to pull off, but I think I do it well.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
So many books that this is a silly question. My favorite poets are Baudelaire, Rilke, and Yeats. My favorite novelists are Conrad, Melville, and Flaubert. Also, I have a love of history, so I'm generally reading that... And for complicated reasons that not need detain us, I also read Goodbye to All That by Robert Graves once a year... Long story.
So many movies that this is an equally silly question. I like everything from "Big Trouble in Little China" to Fritz Lang.
Music? Mostly classical, though somewhere along the line I seem to have developed an embarrassing affection for 80s music. Odd, considering how little I cared for the 80s when they were going on around me. I also really like jazz, Ska, and British punk.
Food? French, although it's not exactly long on vegetarian fare.
Six things I could never do without
The fingers on my right hand...
I spend a lot of time thinking about
The destiny of man. Not a joke. I actually do.
On a typical Friday night I am
Plotting the overthrow of the republic.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I find this entire line of questioning impertinent.
Really, have these people no sense of discretion?
You should message me if
You have difficulty accepting that "message" is a verb, feel perplexed to see it used that way, and want to commiserate with me about this development. Also, even if you happily concur that "message" is a verb, you should contact me anyway if you are an open, bright, committed person, who believes in living fully and earnestly. These traits will trump most anything.
The two of us