Things I admire in people: kindness, intellectually curiosity, drive, geeking out, wit, empathy, goofiness, and balance.
I'm open to long distance. Basically, I'd like to settle down without settling.
If I don't get tenure, Plan B is to open an all-male bakery called Pastriarchy.
Movies: Annie Hall, Arrival, Bringing Up Baby, Broadcast News, Dr. Strangelove, Everybody Wants Some, Exit Through the Gift Shop, Grand Illusion, Her, Nashville, Nightcrawler, Ratatouille, Sherlock Jr., Singin in the Rain, The Social Network, Stories We Tell, Talk to Her, There Will Be Blood, Tree of Life, Tokyo Story, Touch of Evil, Vertigo, Whiplash
TV shows: Seasons 4-7 of the Simpsons, Arrested Development, Sports Night, West Wing, Flight of the Conchords, Friday Night Lights, 30 Rock, Veep, Please Like Me
Music (Composers): Franz Schubert, J.S. Bach, John Adams, Julia Wolfe, Richard Strauss, Charles Ives, Carl Nielsen
Music (Bands): The Head and the Heart, Vampire Weekend, Sufjan Stevens, Nickel Creek, Of Montreal, Shovels and Rope, The Decemberists, Ella Fitzgerald
Music (al Theater): Sondheim, Bernstein, Bock and Harnick
Food: pie, ice cream, guacamole, freshly baked bread, dark chocolate, barbecue, cheese, mango
(2) The Criterion Collection
(4) The New Yorker and the Sunday NYTimes Crossword over late breakfast
(5) Overhearing conversations in museums
The aesthetics of documentaries
Criteria for making a top 10 list
The evolution of language
How I would design the subway
And usually whatever article in The New Yorker or The Atlantic everyone's reading
I find it vaguely maddening that the streets in downtown Chicago named after presidents are almost but not entirely in order.