36Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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My self-summary
Classical music is the predominant passion in my life: I've grown up listening to Beethoven, Mahler and Dvořák and I could never live without their music.

I've just finished my PhD thesis on Denis Diderot's "Jacques le Fataliste et son Maître" and on Laurence Sterne's "The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman".

I’ve written a number of books: mostly fiction and philosophical essays.

I used to teach French Literature but I'm taking a couple of years away from the classrooms to focus on my writing.

My favorite sport is Kung Fu - I'm quite addicted to it: I need at least an hour of practice every day!

Finally, as far as politics and religion are concerned, I'm in complete agreement with this guy.
What I’m doing with my life
Writing books.
I’m really good at
The first things people usually notice about me
The American accent. Even though I have never lived in the U. S., people say I sound American - and most people are actually surprised when I say where I'm from. Last night I was in a party and a group of people tried to guess my nationality after talking to me for a long time: everyone's first guess was "American"! I don't get it. Seriously, do I look American at all?
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
1 – Beethoven's 9th Symphony
2 – Mahler's 8th Symphony
3 – Dvorák's Cello Concerto Opus 104
4 – Mozart's "The Magic Flute"
5 – Dvorák's 9th Symphony
6 – Mahler's 5th Symphony
7 – Beethoven's Piano Concerto nr. 5
8 – Beethoven's 5th Symphony
9 – Wagner's "The Ring of the Nibelung"
10 – Beethoven's 3rd Symphony
11 – Mozart's Requiem Mass
12 – Beethoven's Violin Concerto
13 – Mozart's Clarinet Concerto K622
14 – Beethoven's "Fidelio"
15 – Mahler's 6th Symphony
16 – Mozart's 41st Symphony
17 – Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto nr. 1
18 – Rachmaninoff's 3rd Piano Concerto
19 – Grieg's Piano Concerto
20 – Strauss' "Thus Spoke Zarathustra"

1 - 2001: A Space Odyssey
2 - Being There
3 - A Clockwork Orange
4 - American Beauty
5 - The Matrix
6 - The Ninth Gate
7 - "Le Mystère Picasso" (Henri Clouzot)
8 - The Lord of the Rings
9 - The Butterfly Effect
10 - Run Lola Run
11 - The Idiots
12 - Wings of Desire
13 - The Dreamers
14 - The Magic Flute (Bergman)
15 - Amadeus
16 - Fight Club
17 - Dogville
18 - Being John Malkovitch
19 - Shine
20 - RAN (Kurosawa)

1 - Nietzsche's "Thus Spoke Zarathustra"
2 - Nietzsche's "The Will to Power"
3 - Nietzsche's "La Gaya Scienza"
4 - Nietzsche's "The Birth of Tragedy"
5 - Nietzsche's "Ecce Homo"
6 - Schopenhauer's "The World as Will and Representation"
7 - T. S. Eliot's "Four Quartets"
8 - Diderot's "Jacques le Fataliste et son Maître"
9 - Plato's "Phaedon"
10 - Plato's "Symposium"
11 - Descartes' "Meditations on First Philosophy"
12 - Heraclite's Fragments
13 - Crowley's "The Book of the Law"
14 - Camus' "L'Étranger"
15 - E. A. Poe's "The Raven"
16 - Fernando Pessoa's "Mensagem"
17 - Plato's "Protagoras"
18 - Plato's "Gorgias"
19 - Leibniz's "The Monadology"
20 - Tolkien's "The Hobbit"
Six things I could never do without
1 - Beethoven;
2 - Mahler;
3 - Dvořák;
4 - My work (I love what I do);
5 - Meditation (I meditate often);
6 - Kung Fu (I need at least an hour of practice every day!).
I spend a lot of time thinking about
My two favorite novels, Diderot's "Jacques le Fataliste et son Maître" and Sterne's "The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman".
On a typical Friday night I am
Working at the library - but I should go out more, and I can definitely leave earlier to meet you.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I'm a tough man, but I cried like a fool when I saw Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life" in the cinema last week. It's by far the best movie I've seen this year: you should definitely see it!
You should message me if
You are willing to realize there is actually a real person behind this profile!

Whatever interaction I might have with you, whether by exchanging messages or meeting in real life, I will treat you with kindness and respect, and I expect you to do the same.

It's unbelievable how some women take online dating as an excuse for treating you like a mere ensemble of pixels on their computer screen! To give you an example: a girl once wrote me the sweetest of messages through this website and we exchanged messages for days until we finally agreed to meet in real life. She confirmed it the very morning of the day we were going to meet - but then cancelled less than an hour before the meeting by sending me a cellphone text, when I was already on my way to the tube. Even so, I'd have no problem with that last minute cancellation - except that she never wrote me again or answered my messages, for no apparent reason whatsoever!

However, in spite of a few disappointments, I have had some very nice dates through this website: I guess online dating, like everything else in life, is a game of chance...
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