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My self-summary
I'm a writer and humorist. You may have heard me on public radio, talking about my career writing greeting cards or my experiences as an ex-fundamentalist.

Bad news: I'm allergic to cats. I have lived with them surprisingly often, but we will never be easy friends. Please note that I do not hate them! I just can't hang out with them as much as I'd like.
What I’m doing with my life
After a career with a lot of high-profile elements (Hallmark cards, This American Life, Hollywood game shows, freelancing in New York and L.A.), I got tired of scrambling for cash and recently moved back to New York City, where I'm copyediting for rent money and writing like hell on the side. (Also, I draw a daily cartoon called Slightly More Pleasant.)
I’m really good at
Seeing the bright side of everything. It's almost ridiculous. Greeting card habit, I guess.
The first things people usually notice about me
My shiny bald head.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I'm a lit geek, an old movie geek, and a fan of all the music no one listens to (including alt country, underground hip-hop, and experimental ambient).

Foodwise, I'm deathly allergic to nuts, and have reacted badly to seafood in the past. I am therefore totally unadventurous when it comes to restaurants, and never feel safe in vegetarian places. I wish it weren't so, but hey—at least I'm still alive.
Six things I could never do without
I have always hated this useless question.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Culture, religion, jokes—everything, really. Helps with the essays.
On a typical Friday night I am
Prowling the East Village or the Grove Street area of Jersey City. So fun!
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I'm colorblind and you can sometimes tell this from my clothing.
You should message me if
You're a fan of, or participate in, burlesque, roller derby , female-led rock bands, belly dancing, and/or political satire. (I'm also a sucker for writers, librarians, linguists, and other brainy misfits.) I believe that all fundamentalism is grounded in contempt for human frailty. So don't be the kind of person who thinks everyone is stupid. I like women who don't mind being hugged and touched and who can see the upside to a bad day--even if this optimism is technically unrealistic. :)
The two of us