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My self-summary
(Turning from a mantle in front of a roaring fire, wearing my evening robe). Why, hello. You’ve caught me at a slightly inopportune moment – I seem to have run out of bubbles for my fake pipe. Please excuse me as I refill it. (pouring solution into pipe) There, that’s better. Please, take a seat, make yourself comfortable. (sitting down opposite you in a high-backed chair). Welcome to my OkCupid profile. (blowing bubbles through pipe). Tell you about myself? Very well. I’m often pleasurable company, as I enjoy making people laugh, although my humor tends to be salted with a twinge of cynicism. I am honest and direct, but I also try to be tactful. We must maintain our social graces, no? (Chuckling) I thought you’d agree. Aside from this indulgence (gesturing toward fake pipe), I’m responsible, fit, and an engaging conversationalist. Please, peruse the (slightly less goofy) sections below at your leisure.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm a doctor! Wait, not that kind of doctor! I am a Ph.D. in film and television. I spend a lot of time watching, reading, thinking, teaching, and writing about media. If you have a medical concern, I'd be happy to analyze for you the documentary you make about it.
I’m really good at
Exploring new foods (which I guess means I'm gastronomically brave, or a foodie), Scrabble, fielding requests for movie rental advice, and finding that perfect, pregnant pause in a conversation and spicing it up with a witty bon mot, self-deprecating jab, or otherwise hilarious (sometimes caustic) statement.
The first things people usually notice about me
I can be very straightforward, which gets some comments. Occasionally, my beard. Favorite comment about it from a random, female stranger: “I like your beard. If I had a beard, I’d want to grow one just like yours.”
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Honestly, is this going to make it or break it for you? I guess I glance at this on others’ profile, so here it goes:

If I had to choose one cuisine to eat for the rest of my life, it would probably be Indian, although I also like Thai, Vietnamese, Italian, Chinese, Korean, Mexican, American, and Middle Eastern cuisine. Ethiopian is also great. I’ll eat nearly anything.

I like science fiction, and I remember liking the Choose Your Own Adventure stories back in grade school.

Filmmakers whose work I've enjoyed: Robert Altman, Jean-Pierre Melville, Johnnie To, Lau-Kar Leung, Budd Boetticher, Henri-Georges Clouzot, Eric Rohmer, and Harold Lloyd, among many others. I think the two most interesting contemporary Hollywood filmmakers are Christopher Nolan and David Fincher.

I love television, and some of my favorite current shows include: Girls, Game of Thrones, Orange is the New Black, Better Call Saul, and The Americans.

I have pretty diverse music tastes: jazz, blues, hip-hop, and classical sometimes work their way into the more steady mix of rock and alt-rock. Lately I'm on an electronic rock kick.
Six things I could never do without
Aside from obvious stuff like sustenance: my laptop, toothpaste/toothbrush, a good sense of humor, frequent study breaks, and running shoes. I enjoy running and other exercise that I can practice upon setting foot out the door (after a day of being cooped up inside, it can be quite exhilarating to literally run away from your work).
I spend a lot of time thinking about
My interpersonal relationships, latest infatuations. What it’s like to get older, my direction in life.

How much work I need to do today to be able to relax in the evening without feeling guilty about it.
On a typical Friday night I am
Either going out with friends, staying in for a movie or catching up on television, or banging out pages (or, more accurately, banging my head against the keyboard).
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
The thing that annoys me the most about this site is the religion box. I was raised Jewish, but I am not at all religious anymore. If anything, I am agnostic, although culturally I still identify as Jewish. How am I supposed to convey that through the options provided? “Judaism and laughing about it” doesn’t really seem to cut it, but neither does “agnosticism and laughing about it” nor does leaving it blank. So I guess I’ll complain about it here. Argh.

Also, my Italian has atrophied so severely that it if it were a limb, a (medical) doctor would recommend amputation.
You should message me if
I strike your fancy.

You don't use "4" and "u" to stand in for "for" and "you" in any form of written communication.

You are an open communicator who is able to have mature discussions about relationships. These things are complicated enough without having to try to guess why some things are hard and others easy. Also acceptable: immature discussions.
The two of us