I'm a writer, amateur linguist, Yiddish scholar, would be stand up comedian who never performs, a good listener, a great story teller and an all round interesting guy. I like to keep quiet but if need be I'm never afraid to speak my mind. I'm one of those rare people who doesn't have an ego but is very ambitious. I'd rather read a book than watch TV but I'd much rather have an interesting conversation than read a book. I like following human tendencies towards the absurd. I look for the best in people but never let that get in the way of reality. I've just moved to New York after two years in Amherst MA where I worked as a fellow at the Yiddish Book Center. I'm currently a staff writer at a newspaper.