36 Prairie Village, United States
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My self-summary
Some people here are looking for deathless love or sticky one-night-stands. I'm not sure I'm equipped for either of those right now, but one thing hasn't changed - I like meeting interesting new people.

If that's what you're up for, maybe this could be a Thing.
What I’m doing with my life
I am recovering from an illness that cost me a good portion of my eyesight. Not being able to drive for the forseeable future kind of limits some of my options; with the help of my doctors and some wonderful people in my life, I'm figuring out where I can go from here.

When I'm not worrying about that, I go on long walks and I write.
I’m really good at
Reading and writing. Math. Board games. Talking too much. Cooking food that tastes pretty great in direct and terrible proportion to how bad it is for you. Ask me about my spinach-and-feta-stuffed cheeseburgers sometime.

I think I'm pretty good at keeping my cool in rough situations, but that honestly seems like something that someone else would have to judge.

I try to treat people with respect and empathy and I think - I hope - that I do a good job of it.
The first things people usually notice about me
The first thing people notice about me is my frown, and that I hate to laugh.

In all seriousness, these days it's the glasses. I wanted ones that looked like Gary Oldman's in "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy."
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell, Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy, Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis, Hyperion by Dan Simmons, Foundation by Isaac Asimov, Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov, Neuromancer by William Gibson, The Corner by David Simon, Clockers by Richard Price, Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco, if on a winter's night a traveller... by Italo Calvino, The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett, Perdido Street Station by China Mieville, and The Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe.

I get around to everything eventually, but my real passions are for 20th-century modernist literature and (well-written) science fiction. I don't have much of what I call an "NPR bookshelf" - the assortment of John Hodgman, Ira Glass, Dave Eggers and so forth that decorate so many upscale young urbanites' homes. Nothing against those guys, but I think the best literary love affairs are the ones you start yourself. (Sorry, upscale young urbanites! I still love you!)

Movies: everything from Godard to Die Hard, from Michael Mann to The Third Man. I love the cinema, I love sharing it with friends and I love writing about it.

TV: I'm currently watching and loving The Venture Bros., Archer, That Mitchell and Webb Look (and its sister program Peep Show), OG Star Trek, and now every season of Frasier on Netflix. Oh, and Jeopardy. Mustn't forget Jeopardy.

Music: Elvis Costello, REM, The Smiths, The Cars, New Order, The Jam, XTC, David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, The Decemberists, Miles Davis, Tony Bennett, and a smattering of classical that could stand to be expanded.
The six things I could never do without
Books, films, music, friendship, solitude, and my panache.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
What I'd say if I were behind a podium with the entire world watching.
On a typical Friday night I am
Having dinner with good friends. Playing boardgames with good friends. Flipping over the tables of good friends. Tearfully apologizing to good friends.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I am totally judging your book collection right now.
You should message me if
You made it down this far.

And, hell, even if you didn't.