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My self-summary
Born and raised in New Orleans, I moved to Milwaukee a couple years ago to pursue a PhD in American literature and to teach. I love the city and have met some great people here.

My favorite activities usually involve road trips to kitschy tourist attractions like you might find on the Roadside America website: day-long drives with the music up and the windows down, stopping at small town museums and antique stores that most people would drive past, and eating at mom-and-pop diners along the way. I enjoy concerts, museums, vinyl record hunting, and scouring dusty old book stores. I've taken spontaneous day trips by pointing to dots on a map, and I've planned month-long trips to national parks. It really doesn't matter to me. I've always had wanderlust. Oddly enough, I'm also quite settled: I have a house, a car, a job, and steady income. I guess my desire to roam ensures I never get too bored.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm working on my doctoral dissertation while teaching undergrad English.
I’m really good at
singing karaoke. (Don't laugh!)
The first things people usually notice about me
I tend to be introverted, but I'll usually open up quickly with the right person.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Books are important to me. My house is brimming with them. I like anything by Faulkner, Turgenev, Hemingway, Kafka, Dostoyevsky, Zola, and James M. Cain. I enjoy the poetry of Robert Penn Warren, Philip Larkin, and Hart Crane. I also love Stephen King. Some favorite books: Ken Kesey's Sometimes a Great Notion, Fathers and Sons, The Castle, John Fowles' The Magus, Steinbeck's In Dubious Battle, Sanctuary, Solzhenitsyn's Cancer Ward, and John O'Hara's Appointment in Samarra.

Movies: I love old movies, Classic Hollywood (1920s - 1940s), German cinema, film noir, old gangster films, and Depression-era musicals, especially Busby Berkeley. Favorites include Double Indemnity, Gilda, Golddiggers of 1933, The Roaring Twenties, The Big Heat, Duck Soup, and Baby Face. Some newer favorites: Ghost World, Swingers, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and Eyes Wide Shut.

Music: I'll listen to everything from '70s British punk to big band. Rock, blues, singer-songwriters, classical, you name it. Favorites: Bob Dylan, Warren Zevon, Nick Cave (hence my screenname), Tom Waits, Patti Smith, Lou Reed, The Jam, The Buzzcocks, The Clash, Captain Beefheart, Public Image Ltd., Led Zeppelin, etc. I have a pretty nice vinyl collection, so if you're into music, then definitely drop me a line.

Food: I used to be vegetarian for about three years, but I've recently returned to the dark side. I'm obsessed with Mexican restaurants and burgers (both cravings lead me astray!)

Shows:: It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The League, Boardwalk Empire, No Reservations, Fargo (the series), Downton Abbey, The Sopranos, Under the Dome, The Larry Sanders Show, Carl Sagan's Cosmos, anything on Travel, Science, or Food Network.
The six things I could never do without
my car
TCM (Turner Classic Movies)
my camera
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Weekend roadtrips. Driving across the country.
On a typical Friday night I am
Hanging out with friends, at a bar, at home reading or watching an old movie. Depends on how I'm feeling.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I own all of Steve Winwood's shit. You should know this. (Bonus points if you know this reference....but it's also true!)
You should message me if
you are equally happy watching old movies at home all day or driving two hundred miles to visit an obscure museum in a small rural town.