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My self-summary
I work in the arts, but I'm a no-drama person. In fact, I'm a nice Jewish boy who's always up for bacon. I am affectionate, Northwestern grad, like to cook and mix cocktails, lived in NYC, a published writer who paints, an old soul with a young spirit, I am 5'7, and my IG is michaelAstock... Yes, these are all definitely non-sequitur
What I’m doing with my life
Making art. Making people smile. Making people think. Making people laugh. Making people blush.
I’m really good at
Laughing. I laugh at the little things, I laugh at the big things, I guess that my laughter isn't size specific.

I have had plenty of funny experiences that lead to great stories:
- I was tricked into being on the game show "cash cab".
- Mr T gave me diet advice (Twinkies)
- I randomly met Bill Murray and gave him a hard time because he went to a rival high school
The first things people usually notice about me
I am often told that I have great, masculine hands... strong and soft
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
MUSIC: I have an external hard-drive filled exclusively with music. Let me know if you want to trade music ideas.

TV: Anything on HBO. Classic Muppet Show. Arrested Development. Golden Girls (honestly, who doesn't secretly like Golden Girls?)

MOVIES: I love movies so I have lists of favorites. I'll start with "Princess Bride" and "Tootsie" which are perfect comedies. What do you suggest?

BOOKS: I have been going back and rereading some of my favorites- Gatsby, Lolita, To Kill A Mockingbird, Dorothy Parker, Carson McCullers, Shirley Jackson, Anais Nin, and a few others I read in high school.

ART: Joan Mitchell (not Joni), Lee Krasner, Frida Kahlo, Georgia O'Keefe, Annie Leibovitz, Cindy Sherman, Mapplethorpe, Rothko, Pollock, Sandro, Banksy, Obey, Monet, Picasso, Basquiat, Hopper, Skrebeneski, Ralph Steadman, Kerry James Marshall

FOOD: I like to whip up gourmet meals out of simple ingredients (or by transforming whatever is leftover in the fridge).

DRINKS: I am a trained sommelier and was a beverage director in NYC so I know how to order and how to mix cocktails. But when in doubt, I drink more bubbles
Six things I could never do without
Friends and family seem like a given... so do food and shelter.

1. Iphone.
do you remember anyone's phone number anymore?

2. Touch.
Physical and being touched emotionally.

3. Kindness, optimism, and creativity.

4. Punctuation.
imagine if there wasnt punctuation wouldnt it be hard to understand wow just thinking about it makes me wish i could use an exclamation point

5. After writing #4 I feel like I should take a nap.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
... How can I be a better person, contribute more to the world, live a more passionate life, love the people around me more fully.

Tikun Olam, how to make the world a better place one small action at a time
On a typical Friday night I am
I enjoy the gamut-- so, if you're excited about wearing either sweats or a little black dress, then I'm the guy on your arm.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
One thing that i guess would be considered "private" since I don't mention it: I found a photo in a 9/11 coffee-table book where I am leading a candle-light vigil in Union Square Park.
You should message me if
You are looking for a kind, creative, passionate, affectionate, communicative, and fun guy. (Dogs, children, and old people think I'm cool. My uber drivers have given me a 4.9**** rating. And my dry cleaner remembers my name.)

You want to tell me a joke, recommend the best bloody mary, or share your favorite place that is off the beaten path.

Lastly, if okCupid says you are 100% my enemy. I have never had a nemesis before and I am curious why okCupid thinks we should brawl.
The two of us