pensharp
23 Manhattan, United States
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My self-summary
I'm a student and wannabe writer with a passion for conversation, literature, friendship, people-watching, radical politics, and the occasional crazy adventure. I can't stand pretension and love a good sense of humor -- the darker the better.
What I’m doing with my life
I want to be a writer; the problem is how to get there. In the meantime I'm studying Comparative Literature and figuring shit out.
I’m really good at
Reading people and books; being lovably neurotic; holding intellectual conversation without making it a cock-size competition.
The first things people usually notice about me
That I'm pretty loud; my hat.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I think I'm going to take the risk of making this part long, not in order to namedrop but in order to paint a picture of the sort of things I'm interested in. I'm of the opinion that everything on this list is worth taking a bullet for, whatever that's worth.

I'll probably forget everything of any importance; I'm awful at thinking of things off the top of my head. Well, here goes...

BOOKS: Homage to Catalonia & various essays by George Orwell; Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman; Howl & the other poetry of Allen Ginsberg; Gravity's Rainbow & V. by Thomas Pynchon; The Stranger & The Myth of Sisyphus & various essays by Albert Camus; The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald; The Trial by Franz Kafka; Dubliners & The Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce; To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf; A Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez; The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolano; Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy; The Illiad and the Odyssey by Homer; The Metamorphoses by Ovid; Faust by Goethe; King Lear & Hamlet & Macbeth & The Merchant of Venice & The Tempest by William Shakespeare; The Communist Manifesto & various essays by Karl Marx; various essays and speeches of Emma Goldman; Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert; The Conquest of Bread by Pyotr Kropotkin; An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals & An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding & various essays by David Hume; various poems by Catullus; The History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides; various stories and essays by David Foster Wallace; various stories by George Saunders; Nausea & No Exit & various essays by Jean-Paul Sartre; The Open Work & various stories & various essays by Umberto Eco; a whole bunch of poets, novelists, essayists, theorists, historians, and obscure lunatics of various disciplines or none I'm forgetting.

MOVIES: Citizen Kane & F For Fake & The Trial & everything else I've seen and haven't seen by Orson Welles; Rushmore; Royal Tenenbaums; No Country For Old Men; Fargo; Metropolis; Manhattan; Annie Hall; Midnight in Paris; Deconstructing Harry; Bonnie and Clyde; Pixar films; Akira; Spirited Away & Ponyo & Princess Mononoke & other Miyazaki films; Fantasia & The Lion King & other (good) Disney films; My Dinner with Andre; The Decameron & Salo & other Piero Pasolini films; The Great Dictator & other Charlie Chaplin films; Blade Runner; the original Star Wars trilogy; Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan; Slacker; Clerks II; a bunch of other films.

SHOWS: The Wire; Firefly & Dollhouse & Buffy & all the other Joss Whedon shows; Star Trek (TOS & TNG); Battlestar Galactica; various cartoons of the 1990s and early 2000s, especially Batman the Animated Series and its spinoffs.

MUSIC: Indie, classical, jazz, rap made before about 2004, electronica, pop that doesn't make me want to gauge my ears out.

FOOD: Latino food; Chinese; barbecue; burgers; and best of all, ice cream (I like to think of myself as a connoisseur).
The six things I could never do without
-Friends
-Books
-Music
-Love
-Travel
-Language
I spend a lot of time thinking about
HEAVY STUFF: The long, dark twentieth century; fascism; how (or if) we can make art matter again; the surveillance society; the coming political and ecological crisis; ways to revitalize people's sense that they can take control of their own lives; whether a better world is possible; trends in global literature; how (or whether) to oppose various sorts of neuroscientific and psychological reductionism; continental philosophy; the things I've been too lazy to write down that I'm afraid I'm going to forget and lose forever.

LIGHTER STUFF: Boys and boy problems; my friends' latest gossip; how I'm going to be entertaining myself for the rest of my life; whether I should learn another language; books, films, music, video games, etc. I've experienced lately; the way things seem so peaceful right before the sun rises when you've been up the whole night thinking.
On a typical Friday night I am
Probably in the midst of a conversation that'll last until five in the morning. Alcohol may or may not be involved.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
One morning not so long ago I awoke after a night of restless dreams to find that I'd become an anarchist.
You should message me if
You're looking for a relatively smart guy with a manic personality that you'd like to hold hours-long, rambling conversations and go on adventures with. Always looking for new friends, and romantically I'm pretty laid-back and flexible — hit me up!
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