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My self-summary
I'm obsessed with vintage. I often see things in black and white, except for those times when things are grey. Charles Darwin, Clarence Darrow, Marlene Dietrich and Judy Chicago get me giddy. I like philosophy jokes, the more cringeworthy the better. My current favorite: "So René Descartes walks into a bar, and the bartender says, “Can I fix you a drink?” Descartes replies, “I think not”—and disappears." The Thin Man and pretty much any other ridiculously awesome pre-code Hollywood film can be found on my Netflix queue. I'm always up for an adventure, especially one involving the great outdoors. If I could go camping every weekend, I would. Well, maybe not, but I like waking up to an open sky. I'm a devout feminist. If the word feminist actually scares you, then we aren't likely to go on a first date. I just want to give you fair warning. I had an enormous crush on Donatello, the purple Ninja Turtle, as a kid, because he was a peace-nic nerdy inventor. I love earl grey tea.
What I’m doing with my life
::: UPDATE #2:::
Hiya, City of Big Shoulders, I'm back in your warm embrace.

I've moved to Oxford for the year to study feminist cultural anthropology and the history of embroidery with Oxford University tutors. I'll see you next year, Chicago.

I'm always studying which, for the Great Books College of Chicago, means a ridiculous amount of reading, primarily from the classic Western Cannon. I'm talking about the foundational texts of western thought, culture, civilization. Original sources exclusively, which is where the latin comes in handy. When I'm not reading the giant stack of books that has overtaken my life, I like to watch Toddlers & Tiaras. Don't get me wrong, I'm an NPR junkie, I love and prefer a good foreign/classic/black and white film, but there's also something fantastic about watching really big nut jobs after a long day of working my brain muscles. I listen to wbez obsessively, and prefer to have a cup of french press coffee with me whilst doing so. I'm a nanny, too, which I love as a job, but I'm nowhere near ready to have my own little kiddos. I also work as a costume designer for theater and independent films. And I procrastinate. Lots and lots of procrastination.

John Waters says the following about my life:
"We need to make books cool again. If you go home with somebody and they don’t have books, don’t fuck them."

"I thank god I was raised Catholic, so sex will always be dirty."

“Catholics have more extreme sex lives because they're taught that pleasure is bad for you. Who thinks it's normal to kneel down to a naked man who's nailed to a cross? It's like a bad leather bar."


"Don’t let them explore you until they’ve explored the secret universes of books. Don’t let them connect with you until they’ve walked between the lines on the pages."
I’m really good at
Being ten minutes late (okay, okay, twenty). Baking. Embroidering things. Waxing philosophic and reading people magazine simultaneously. My idiot savant talent is my ability to correctly spell nearly any word regardless of whether or not I know its meaning. Spotting grammatical errors in places where grammar is fairly irrelevant. Getting distracted. I live to explore sexual politics and destroy gender norms/biases/stereotypes. I'm as interested in analyzing what I do with my body and why as I am with the actions themselves (It's a fascinating subject). Asking rather personal questions in a way that allows for openness. Being extraordinarily loyal to dear friends.

Challenging the patriarchy.
The first things people usually notice about me
My (naturally) red hair. I'm relatively loud and tend to gravitate towards bright colors, so you can usually spot me from a few miles away. An odd question, no?
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Tv/film: I want to be polyamorous life partners with Greta Garbo and Captain Jack Harkness.

Literature/authors: Audre Lorde (still picking up the pieces after reading her), consuming grief, kerouac, waiting for godot, bell hooks, jonathan goldstein, amy sedaris, david sedaris, marx/engels, atlas shrugged (if you notice and can explain the weird contradiction, you get major bonus points), Colette, bitch magazine, godel, descartes, lucretius' on the nature of the universe, the feminine mystique, tiffany's table manners for teens (1920's edition), cook's illustrated magazine, sherman alexie, dr. dolittle books (i desperately want to talk with animals), biographies of old hollywood stars, frederick douglas, ginsberg, edna st. vincent millay, margaret wise brown, anais nin, margaret atwood, a handmaid's tale, thoreau, william carlos williams, a midsummer night's dream, e.m. forster's A passage to india, gabriel garcia lorca, tom stoppard, sarah vowell, emily dickinson, c.s. lewis' chronicles of Narnia (not the movie), david rakoff, hannah arendt.

Music (the essentials): the Beatles, Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground, Johnny Cash, Paul Simon (graceland), Manu chao, Ben Kwellar, Vampire Weekend (my 2011 summer favorite, apparently), Moonlight Sonata (beethoven's piano sonata 14 in c# minor),
musical soundtracks: hedwig, rent, west side story, the rocky horror picture show, bye bye birdie, grease, les miserables

"the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones that never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars" --Kerouak (i know, totally overused)

"Life's a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving!" --Auntie Mame
Six things I could never do without
1. Good food
2. Libraries (or a good book collection)
3. Friends/family (possibly should have come before books...)
4. My vibrator. Sex, too, but definitely that first.
5. A phone with an internet connection (unless I'm in a foreign country or if I've decided to unplug for the moment)
6. A source of light
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Myself. Other people. How to fix the world. What I should be studying instead of whatever else I'm doing. Where to find the coolest bugs with the kid I nanny for. Whether or not I will have time to bake bread tonight. What I'll be doing on my next trip. What to write my next paper on. My thesis topic (still nailing this down). How Lucretius could guess at the nature of atoms and be so accurate in his assumptions of atomic movement- in 50 BC! Politics. Feminism. What I'll be having for breakfast/lunch/dinner/dessert, and if I'll be able to make dessert. How I can ever be half as cool as Ira Glass. I heart him so very much. Will I get my ass to the gym today? Education reform, and what I can do about it. Why it's so rainy this summer. Why do politicians talk so much without saying anything? How can I live my life and not simply make to-do lists? How to make prohibition-era cocktails. Audrey Hepburn. Have I missed an episode of some tv show that is ever-so-important to my life? (shut up, you know you get hooked on tv). Why we insist on placing gender into neat little well-defined boxes. Rainbows. Romania. Redheads. Radio (WBEZ is my oxygen). How I can get Jon Stewart to be my best friend. How to look good ballroom dancing.

oh, and sex. I have the mind of a twelve-year-old boy. (stereotyping gender and then exploding the same stereotypes all in one breath...)
On a typical Friday night I am
studying or cavorting.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I went skinny-dipping in Buckingham Fountain, and would do it again in a heartbeat.
You should message me if
-You want to join my Feminist Action Coalition and fight for patriarchal demolition
-You are a feminist whose actions reflect your beliefs
-You, too, are looking for a latin study buddy
-You're a redhead, if only because we fire-crotches have to stick together

-You should not message me if you cannot string enough words together to form a complete sentence.
-You should not message me if you think sending me a picture of your penis will make me swoon over you.
The two of us