Hello, I'm Mark. I'm passionate about everything I do, I'm a hopeless romantic and I don't believe in serial commas. I've realized that my profile reads like a resume, but that's because I'm bad at filling these things out. Don't we all say that, though?
Right now, I'm in a Master's program. I want to be a high school English teacher. I love school. Yeah, I said it.
At the same time, I'm working on another love, which is writing. I'm in the midst of my first novel, which I may try to get published should I think it's good enough.
That leads me to my next point, which is my greatest passion in life: great literature, especially Shakespeare. (I'd acknowledge it's a cliche to say your favorite author is Shakespeare, but it's a cliche to say something is a cliche.) I've read everything the man wrote and every bit of analysis of his works that I could get my hands on. I'm currently working at an arts program on Staten Island. We recently finished a program that taught kids about Shakespearean theater. Now we're moving on to a production of Othello. I'm so excited about this, because the woman who runs the program is a theater director, and I don't have much experience with the theatrical side of Shakespeare.
But my real baby is the weekly Shakespeare podcast we do (feed url: http://feeds.feedburner.com/TheTwelfthNightShow), and the Shakespeare blog at: http://twelfthnighttheatre.wordpress.com/
What else to tell?
I'm politically liberal. Strongly in favor of universal healthcare and opposed to capital punishment.
I'm an atheist, a pacifist and an anglophile.
I'm a Mets, Jets and Devils fan. (God help me.)
I'm not really sure what else to say. I'm open to being asked.
I am the pater familias, waiting for Vizzini, and a Jedi, like my father before me.
Well, I mentioned the Shakespeare program. I'm also writing my novel, and in the process of taking up running as a hobby and exercise.
I recently ran a Shakespeare residency in some of the schools on Staten Island, with second and third graders. And I just finished my first semester of grad school. Congratulate me.
Also, KenKen puzzles.
Movies: My favorite genre is mafia movies ("Whoa, so he's a guy after all"). That includes The Godfather trilogy, Donnie Brasco and Road to Perdition, among others. My favorite comedy is The Big Lebowski. Another movie I absolutely love is Ran. It's a Japanese film. You're missing out if you're not familiar with it. And let's not forget No Country for Old Men.
Music: I like opera, especially Puccini and Verdi. In terms of popular music, I like classic rock. The Beatles and such. I also love Bruce Springsteen. I'm not hugely musically inclined. But there's very little I actively don't enjoy.
Food: I like eating and trying exotic foods. My favorite cuisines include Italian and Indian -- yeah, I know, not very daring for someone who claims to be -- but I also love Ethiopian. It's so unique.
I've become obsessed with Doctor Who. I am crazy in love with Amy Pond. And I guessed who River was AFTER TWO EPISODES.
It used to be sunny in Philadelphia, but the last few seasons, not so much.
OK, so I took the space for something private to say something I want to brag about. I'm just a rebel like that.