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My self-summary
Born in Bulgaria, I'm a not-so-recent-anymore UChicago graduate currently living in Stuytown. In college, I studied the most exciting and sexy subject imaginable, which is to say, math. I'm nerdy and passionate about knowledge, ideas, and art.

I am looking forward to meeting new people, having great conversations with them, and in the end, something more as well. But the first two are a good start.
What I’m doing with my life
I recently came to terms with the fact that I'm officially in my mid-20s. I think I'm handling this transition with about as much grace as I can be expected to.

In other words, I'm working at a technology consulting firm, trying to read as many 19th century books about love and death as I can stomach, and slowly but inevitably becoming adjusted to something called "adulthood" (as far as I can tell, this mainly consists of doing my taxes and waking up early).
I’m really good at
Empathizing, telling stories, and providing commentary to television shows of dubious quality. On the other hand, I'm really bad at holding grudges, hiding my accent, and feigning interest.
The first things people usually notice about me
If I've shaved that morning, my youthful face. Otherwise, the fact that I'm Eastern European.

For the past year and a half, it's just been the fact that I'm Eastern European.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Anna Karenina, The Brothers Karamazov, 2666, The Trial, My Name is Red, To the Lighthouse, Disgrace, Pale Fire, American Pastoral, Lolita, Notes From the Underground, Emma

Movies: La Dolce Vita, Amour, Cries and Whispers, Persona, The Apartment, The Godfather, 8 1/2, Apocalypse Now, City Lights, Modern Times, Raging Bull, Tokyo Story, The Third Man, Sunset Boulevard, Blade Runner, The Night of the Hunter, Mirror

Music: Bach, Debussy, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Chopin, Charles Mingus, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, My Bloody Valentine, Radiohead, Brian Eno, The Mekons, LCD Soundsystem, Kraftwerk, "Africa" by Toto, ABBA, Madonna, Belle & Sebastian, Neutral Milk Hotel, The Supremes, Can, Wilco, Kanye West, Talking Heads..

TV Shows: The Wire, The Sopranos, Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, Mad Men, Veep, Angels in America, Arrested Development, the first season of Twin Peaks, Nathan for You
The six things I could never do without
This question has the potential to be quite meaningful and revealing, but it seems like most people use it to talk about how much they love Spotify Premium, or whatever. So I'll give three serious answers and three bullshit ones, and you can decide which ones matter more to you.

1) Spotify Premium
2) A large cup of coffee inside my stomach before 10 AM
3) A crisp white dress shirt
4) Daydreams and fantasies
5) Sarcastic jokes about dark subject matter
6) The occasional uncontrollable outburst of laughter and joy
I spend a lot of time thinking about
The frightening regularity with which I manage to spill coffee on myself in the morning.

Also, deeper meanings in terrible songs. Remind me to tell you a funny story about "Do You Believe In Love?" by Huey Lewis & The News.
On a typical Friday night I am
Searching for either enlightenment or intoxication, depending on the kind of week it's been.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I won a March Madness-style bracket competition for Juan Pablo's season of The Bachelor, I never finished The Sound and The Fury, and I don't know how to tie a bowtie. I could go on..
You should message me if
In addition to any of the ordinary things that almost everyone looks for (e.g. a sense of humor, intelligence, maturity, a like for plaid patterns) any or all of the following apply to you:

A love of sad songs that sound like happy songs

You try not to like things ironically

At least once in a while you complain that the volume of the music in bars makes it impossible to have a conversation with someone

You're uncomfortable with the self-promotional aspect of social media (or you just hate LinkedIn)

You like patterned socks

You have an overwhelming desire to share the things you love with other people

You have a favorite theorem (and it's not equivalent to the Axiom of Choice)

After looking at my profile for a while, you say to yourself, "he's definitely more of a Levin than a Vronsky"

Auden's "September 1, 1939" just does it for you. Or The Band's "The Weight."

You consider yourself a Dorothy with just a hint of Blanche

Most importantly: you find this list closer to "endearingly quirky" than to "cloyingly pretentious." Or at the very least, see why all of the things above matter.

I'm a pretty open-minded person and I'm ready to question my assumptions and ideas about the world. That said, please, no astrologists.