I am at various times a critic, a cook, a formidable Scrabble opponent, a dance partner, a less than formidable tennis opponent, a tourist, a teacher, a big brother, a writer, a punner, a fast walker, a makes-up-in-enthusiasm-what-he-lacks-in-talent singer, a Phillies fan, and an avid conversationalist.
If I don't get tenure, Plan B is to open an all-male bakery called Pastriarchy.
Can hold my own at cooking, Scrabble, the Sunday NYT crossword, and keeping a positive attitude.
I aim to be better at baking bread, editing my own work, and making playlists.
Movies: Annie Hall, Another Year, Bringing Up Baby, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Dr. Strangelove, 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: Charles Ives, John Adams, Benjamin Britten, Carl Nielsen, David Lang, Gustav Mahler, Franz Schubert, J.S. Bach, Richard Strauss, The Head and the Heart, Vampire Weekend, Sufjan Stevens, Nickel Creek, Of Montreal, Shovels and Rope, The Decemberists, Josh Ritter, Stephen Sondheim, Bock and Harnick, Ella Fitzgerald
Podcasts: This American Life, Serial, Wait Wait Don't Tell Me, Lexicon Valley
Food: fruit pie, ice cream, guacamole, sweet potato fries, fresh 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.