Jstrong82
33 Hackney, United Kingdom
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My self-summary
Past experience tells me I should keep this brief. The majority of my spare time I spend studying languages and writing about history, mostly for my master's degree at the moment, but also for enjoyment. It doesn't make writing a mini-autobigraphy any less cringeworthy. I am a foreigner, although you may not be able to tell. I can relate a bit too much to Mark from Peep Show, but I lack his mad skills of connivance. I enjoy doing things like making multiple trips to the Stasi Museum in Berlin and going on little pilgrimages to the graves of people I admire or revile. Yes, I am a riot. But I am not morose. I like to imbibe, dance sometimes, play in bands, get on a plane as much as possible, and chat most of all. I fall asleep every night listening to comedy, unless there is someone lying next to me. And I am quite partial to the opposite sex, which probably goes without saying given that I am on this site.
What I’m doing with my life
Half-time lawyering for a web company, the other half finishing a master's in history/politics.
I’m really good at
I was once publicly accused of "humble bragging" when I told a story about how I got stuck in an elevator in a dodgy housing estate after helping a drunken blind man home. So now I really doubt my ability to effectively self-promote. (Although you might have noticed that I just managed to sneak in the story about how I helped a drunken blind man home under cover of an indirect, seemingly self-deprecatory anecdote. I call that the "double humble-brag".)
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Authors: Ryszard Kapuscinski, Eric Hobsbawm, Camus, Hemingway, Rebecca West, Orwell, Hitchens, Mark Twain, Karen Armstrong (with reservations), Tolstoy, Anna Funder, Nabokov, Dickens, Simon Schama, James Michener, Jan Morris, lots of boring history squares who I won't mention by name.

Movies: The Lives of Others, Blue Velvet, Good Night and Good Luck, A Bout de Souffle, anything by Pedro Almodovar.

Music: Radiohead, Pink Floyd, Tame Impala, The National, Bill Callahan, Kate Bush, Future of the Left, The Smiths, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Satie, Triangle Head.

But who cares? As long as you don't listen to reggaeton and read Ann Coulter books, we'll get along fine.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Russia. Russian.
On a typical Friday night I am
Stuffing my face.
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