I've learned to pare this down to basic components. I have a history degree. I read lots. I watch lots of movies.
I like New York. I like Paris. I like cold crisp fresh country air at night after drinking lots. I like oceans and mountains and cities and countries and going to them. I like jumping in the car and driving until I get somewhere I've never been.
I hate secret police. I am irreverent.
I am an internationalist and a civilizationalist and a multi-lingualist.
I swear and laugh loudly and engage. I live well.
I am happy, ridiculous, and sharp.
I’m really good pretty much everything. Jack of all trades, master of a few.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food:
Cryptonomicon, Cat's Cradle, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, 1984. Fear and Loathing. Tai-Pan & Shogun. Catch 22. Shoeless Joe. The Unbearable Lightness of Being. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius. The Princess Bride. Heart of Darkness.
The Fall of the House of Usher. The Devil Tree.
The Guns of August. Dreadnought. The House of Morgan. The Power Broker.
Waiting for Godot. Hamlet, Macbeth.
These are a few of my favourite things.
Godfather, Lebowski, Blade Runner, There Will Be Blood, The Big Chill, Casablanca, China Town, Syriana, Lawrence of Arabia, Annie Hall/Manhattan/Love and Death, Harry Met Sally. The Princess Bride. The Maltese Falcon. Jaws. Reservoir/Fiction. On the Waterfront. Le Samourai. Un Flic. Rashomon. 7 Samurai. Once Upon a Time in the West & America and Il buono, il bruto and il cattivo. Fargo. The Sting. The Hustler. Das Boot. Bridge on the River Kwai. Black Cat/White Cat. The Pianist (Polanski's). West Side Story. Amelie. Star Wars. One Flew. Usual Suspects. They Live (the best B-movie of all time). Charlie Wilson's War. Wag the Dog. Full Metal Jacket. The Shining. Ben-Hur. Apocalypse. This could go on forever. The Lives of Others. Donnie Darko. Office Space. All Marx Bros. all the time.
Six Feet Under. West Wing 1-4. Deadwood. Band of Brothers. Curb. House. Python. Blackadder. The (British) Office.
Beatles. Pink Floyd. Bluegrass, Lizst, Prokofiev, Zeppelin, Doors, CSN, stuff, you know.
I eat all foods all the time. I think my single most important tie to the urban milieu is food diversity
I also ponder such things as who's objectively better, John or Paul. Kentucky Fried Chicken or Portuguese chicken? Objective value? Subjective taste? relative objective moral subjects? Puns.
Folding steel. Shaving rock. Photosynthesis. Newton. Huygens. Leibniz. Hooke. Wrenn. Barrel arches. Arcades (not the video game kind). Roger Federer. Forked lightning. Suite: Judy Blue Eyes.
You should message me if you want to. Alternately, if you don't, you should not. No, message me anyway. What the hell.