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My self-summary
By day, I'm a labor and employment/bankruptcy attorney in Washington, DC. By night, I’m also a labor and employment/bankruptcy attorney in Washington, DC, because of the insane hours I sometimes have to work. Given my practice areas, I have mixed feelings about our incipient economic recovery, but I like to think that human nature is dark enough that lawyers will always be in demand.

In my spare time, I love to read, particularly nonfiction. Having said that, I have been on a bit of a fiction kick lately, having conquered War & Peace and Moby Dick in the last year. I feel really ignorant if I miss an issue of the Economist and the New Yorker, and am addicted to my Kindle.

I try to work out a couple of times a week and see friends on the weekends. I take salsa lessons occasionally, and what I lack in technique I make up for in enthusiasm. I have a taste for science fiction; I know way too much about Star Trek and Battlestar Galatica and can debate the finer points of interstellar diplomacy and Cylon battle tactics. My current TV obsession is Mad Men and am almost caught up. I like going to historic sites and discussing politics.
What I’m doing with my life
Working on having a successful career and making plans for the future.
I’m really good at
making comments so deadpan that people are convinced I'm serious. One time, I convinced people who had known me for years that my real first name was Spike. I’d like to find a career where I can put this evil talent to good use.
The first things people usually notice about me
my dashing good looks and roguish charm
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: All of them? For a long time, I read mostly nonfiction, with an emphasis on books about politics and history. I still do, and am working through William Manchester’s two volume monster biography of Winston Churchill. But, as I get older, I’m finding that I’m reading more fiction than I used to. I think I understand fiction better with the life experience I gained in my 20s. Also, I have this crazy rule that I must tackle at least one really hard classic novel each year. Last year, it was War & Peace. This year, it was Moby Dick, and I loved, loved both books. Again, you will probably hear about Melville’s use of metaphor if you meet me.

Other favorite books of mine include lots of fiction: Philip Roth, Richard Russo, Ian McEwan, Michael Chabon, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Charles Dickens, and Cormac McCarthy. And nonfiction: Edmund Morris, Robert Caro, Richard Evans, Edward Gibbon, Dumas Malone, Doris Kearns Goodwin, and David McCullough

Movies: Old School, Anchorman, Stepbrothers, 40 Year Old Virgin, Gandhi, the Godfather, the Godfather Part II, Cleopatra, the Spy Who Came in From the Cold, Master and Commander, Munich, Star Trek II, the Dark Knight, Brokeback Mountain, Wedding Crashers, No Country For Old Men, Slumdog Millionaire, The Hangover.

Music: My taste in music basically ends with the fall of the Berlin Wall. I can’t help it that superpower rivalry somehow makes for great music. So, I like a lot of 70s and 80s, with a few honorable mentions from the Clinton years, and a few also-rans from the dismal Bush years. I really like Eric Clapton, Huey Lewis And The News, Hall And Oates, Billy Idol, Def Leppard, Phil Collins, Fleetwood Mac, INXS, Journey, Doobie Brothers, Foreigner, Howard Jones.

Food: Italian, Mexican, Thai, Pizza (yes, I know this is covered under Italian, I'm just repeating for emphasis)
Six things I could never do without
1. Books, and my Kindle
2. The shuffle feature on my iPod/Genius recommendations which are, usually, genius
3. Italian food
4. a witty comeback
5. eight cups of coffee per day, at a minimum.
6. The Economist
I spend a lot of time thinking about
how to answer this question, and what the implications of each potential answer are.
On a typical Friday night I am
Wouldn't I be boring if I had a typical Friday night?
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Well, I won't admit it here, but if we meet I will tell you about how I almost ended up in Guantanamo.
You should message me if
you have an opinion about 80s bands, you think Paulie on the Sopranos is the funniest character ever, you are looking for someone to watch primary election night coverage with, or you would like to convince me of the benefits of yoga. I have enough male friends who are doing that last one that I'm starting to think about it, but I'm not convinced that you can do some of those poses without dying.
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