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5 July 1987
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History major at NYU, interested in Paris from 1789 onward, interested in NYC until Robert Moses, interested in Progressive Era to FDR, interested in Soviet but pre-Stalin Russia, interested in Paris in 1871 and 1968 as well. Mostly radical history. (My favorite historical figures are Robespierre, Marat, Saint-Just, Emma Goldman, Louise Michel, Eugene V. Debs, and Elenore Roosevelt).

I'm also hugely interested in human rights and believe they should be the basis of every society, somewhere around John Rawls and Amartya Sen, or around Eugene V. Debs. I <3 the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights. My politics are therefore very far left.

As for my personality, what can I say? I've been called both a cynic and an idealist. As far as I can tell, I'm cynical about what is and idealistic about what could be. I like discussing things like which theory of human nature has the most truth behind it and I love discussing political theory and political philosophy.

I also have a small tea addiction and cat obsession (not for the same purpose of course).

My favorite music tends to be showtunes (though typically not the poppy type: think Les Miserables, The Secret Garden, anything Frank Wildhorn, Sweeney Todd, Notre Dame de Paris, Entre l'Amour et La Mort, A Tale of Two Cities, Lord of the Rings, Sound of Music... but I also like Cabaret, Chicago, Evita, Wicked, Oklahoma!) or Alan Menken's Disney stuff such as Hunchback of Notre Dame and Beauty and the Beast, and Anastasia and the song Friends on the Other Side. I also love Irish music and most French 1960s vocals. My favorite books are not realism and not fit to go straight into the toilet and usually involve a bit of connection to something beyond themselves and beyond a given time: they usually involve representation. My favorite movies tend to be the big budget ones, but that's because they're such ones as Horseman on the Roof, Gangs of New York, La Revolution Francaise, Godfather, From Hell, The Constant Gardener, Sherlock Holmes, Master and Commander, Motorcycle Diaries. I also love movies like Aliens, Boondocks Saints, Blade Runner, V for Vendetta, Sin City, and Stardust and Labyrinth, and Chocolat, Ever After and Twelfth Night though so this might not hold up under closer examination.

That provides a pretty clear image. Anything else, just ask.