I am intensely focused on my work. The downside of academia is that I need to spend a number of years getting a degree that offers me no guarantee of job security. The upside is that if I succeed, I get to get paid to do exactly what I want to do. It certainly helps that I enjoy being in graduate school and being a part of the academic community.
I get great pleasure out of meeting new people. There's nothing quite like having a great conversation with someone I've just met and it is nice meeting people with whom I can share future experiences.
Lately I've just been reading a lot of essays. I really enjoyed DF Wallace's "A supposedly fun thing..."
Films: The Remains of the Day, 12 Angry Men, The In-Laws, Harold and Maude, The Princess Bride, True Romance, Casablanca, Naked Lunch, A History of Violence, The Ref, Goodbye Lenin, Before Sunrise
Shows: 30 Rock, Dexter, Simpsons (1st ten seasons or so), Louie
Music: These days a lot of Classical. Otherwise, I find myself cycling through whatever I can find, though I fairly consistently like The Decemberists, Belle and Sebastian, Regina Spektor, Cake and Simon and Garfunkel. Two albums that I've recently been enjoying are "I Learned the Hard Way" by Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings and "Classics" by Ratatat.
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