yonder_cloud
27 Princeton, United States
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My self-summary
I'm an academically-oriented writer from the Midwest by way of California. I've been imminently moving to New York for some time now; hopefully will pull the trigger this summer.

I'm a recovering Cubs fan with an unfortunate relapse in fall 2015.

I'm in the Jeopardy contestant pool, just waiting for the call.

I read the New Yorker from back to front. I have never won the caption contest.

I write letters to the editor.

I'm still driving my dream car from when I was 16.

I wear my shoes into the ground and have a great relationship with my cobbler, Luigi.

I currently have two windows open of approximately 8 tabs each.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm a grad student in English lit, just starting the whole dissertation thing. I read, I write, I teach undergraduates--and wrestle with how much of my life has been spent in school.
I’m really good at
Putting together Ikea furniture
Puzzle games
Calling customer service (I specialize in health insurance and United Airlines)
Pub trivia
Directions (cardinal, not left/right)
The first things people usually notice about me
Apparently I seem taller than I am! (and it's not just the shoes)
Someone once told me that I talk like Jodie Foster.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I like reading big books in nice places--Infinite Jest by the pool, Gravity's Rainbow on the beach.
I listened to Seveneves while I was moving, and found the long descriptions of orbital mechanics just perfect for taping up boxes.
I find medical non-fiction--Atul Gawande, Oliver Sacks, Henry Marsh--weirdly beautiful.
Academically, I work on modernist poets: T.S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, Marianne Moore.

I spent the weekend after my PhD qualifying exam holed up in my apartment playing through Bioshock and drinking alcoholic ginger beer. I have not done either of those things again.

I shivered a little at the boy soprano on the Fellowship of the Ring soundtrack.
And also during Parsifal.
And also when I first ate truffles.

I watch too much TV--good, bad, ugly. Black Mirror is pretty great. I'll watch Law and Order anytime it's on. Bridezillas is an indictment of everything, including me.
I'm literally watching Making a Murderer as I fill this out.
Peep Show is comfort food.

I think Speed is a perfect film.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
My dissertation, of course! (are my advisors reading this?)
Really good movie trailers, movie trailers that could be better, movie trailers I would design, etc.
The state of my novel.
The state of the academic job market.
Improving the performance of my dishwasher.
How much the NJ Transit conductors love saying "RAAAHHHway"
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I bought the same painting twice at Ikea.
You should message me if
You can tell me/show me/send me something that will make me smile or (better!) laugh.
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