I actually live in Iowa City, a four hour drive from Chicago, but -- for the right person -- am willing to consider a long-distance relationship.
As I do international law, I get to indulge my greatest passion -- foreign travel -- through my work. A related enthusiasm is foreign (and independent) cinema, for the glimpse it permits of lives very different (usually less comfortable) than my own. But its appeal is not just intellectual, as I've been known to cry at the movies. I have a broad curiosity about other cultures and read widely. My family conveyed a belief that creating works of beauty is the most important thing one could do with one's life. So I'm something of a culture-vulture. But I also take aesthetic pleasure in common, daily things. This instant? In the faint scent of carnations across the room, the curious color of light refracted through the window blinds. Don't much care for macho bloodlust sports. Contrarian, but not a curmudgeon. Introspective, but not introverted. Enjoy discussing international relations, collecting native crafts/outsider art, vintage clothing. Prefer ethnic dives to haute cuisine. I can be warm and funny, even jovial (big fan of "The Onion," and Peter Sellers' early films), at least when not thinking about legal responses to war crimes, the subject of my books. By temperament I prefer listening to, and learning from other people than talking about myself. I disclose myself obliquely, through the questions I ask -- rather like Socrates, if you will. Don't know much about cooking, but a dutiful dishwasher and expert at finding obscure ingredients on a shopping list. Not terribly "handy," but master of the many uses of WD-40 and duct tape. Musically, my taste inclines toward multi-part vocals, from the Talis Scholars to the Beach Boys.