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To absolutely forget about the box I'm currently thinking outside of...
I believe in moderation in everything, even in moderation. I'm an occasional househead, a dedicated but last minute literature geek, a fan of good beer, a bilingual franco, a confused voter, an institutional glitch, a feminist with a sense of humor, an intense debater who will defend the other point of view for the sake of a heated argument over a couple of pints. I like long sentences and battles of the wit. I have fun in large numbers and make friends everywhere I go! :)
I'm quite passionate about everything I approach, including cooking and Dave Eggers. Woody Allen is my spiritual father. From a Jewish background, I'm not religious and my solidarity with the Jewish community has more of a cultural smell to it. I've been called the life of the party, prefer art films to pop culture 80% of the time, and indulge in late-night baking and cooking.
In the past I've traveled to the United States, Mexico, the Bahamas, Australia, Israel and even one long, frustrating day in Paris. I just recently came back from traveling for four months in India and caught the exotic travel bug (amongst other things). Next trip should be Burma, Lao and Cambodia in 2010, my gift to myself for finishing my Master's!
I strongly believe in being honest to the point of being blunt, investing for your retirement, putting myself in debt to travel, not taking anything for granted and tasting as many different foods as possible.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
Sadly for now I have no couch to share, so I feel a little intimidated asking for your help. But so many people insisted that I should get an account... so I did. I do plan on having a couch available in the following year or so ;) Though I cannot host, I have an undying love for the lovely, vibrant city that is Montreal. I have taken it unto myself to show tourists around in the past, just to share the love, you know? Do contact me if you're coming my way. I will gladly bring you to the best all-night orange juice spot on the planet, show you the skyline from a south shore bridge in my car, buy you a drink in all the best bars or clubs, tell you all the local legends, and explain to you why you shouldn't go see the Olympic Stadium.
None so far! I'm a virgin...!
Reading, baking banana bread, clubbing, overanalysing, smiling, spending 6 years on a bachelor's degree,
American fiction (postmodern to contemporary), literature in general, gritty music, uplifting music, pretending I'm actually gonna keep going to the gym, changing my plane tickets, saving money for a decent camera.
Music, Movies, and Books
Being John Malkovich
2001: A Space Odyssey
Dr Strangelove or: How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
Full Metal Jacket
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
V for Vendetta
Kill Bill vol. 1 & 2
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
The Darjeeling Limited
The Hudsucker Proxy
...and so many more.
House of Leaves, by Mark Z. Danielewski
Fight Club, by Chuck Palahniuk
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, by Dave Eggers
Death, Sleep and the Traveler, by John Hawkes
White Noise, by Don DeLillo
Le fou de l'île, by Félix Leclerc
You Shall Know Our Velocity, by Dave Eggers
Pricksongs and Descants, by Robert Coover
The Dead Father, by Donald Barthelme
Das Schloß, by Franz Kafka
The Crying of Lot 49, by Thomas Pynchon
The Unconsoled, by Kazuo Ishiguro
Never Let Me Go, by Kazuo Ishiguro
La goutte d'or, by Michel Tournier
Hors les murs, by Jacques Réda
Regards et jeux dans l'espace, by Hector de Saint-Denys Garneau
Kari, by Amruta Patil
...and many, many, many, many more.
Favorite music (too many to list, but here's a cross section):
The Fiery Furnaces
The White Stripes
The Postal Service
(But I have to say, house music sounds pretty good in a loud club.)
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I have pulled the fishing nets out of the sea with 30 fishermen under the stars, on the west coast of India, in a tiny fishing village called Tarkarli. For an hour we pulled the kilometer-long net from the hungry tide, and when all was done, we sorted the fish together. For the first time in months, men were looking at me with respect and brotherly protection. I will never forget that night.
Teach, Learn, Share
I'm a bit of a chef. If you want to learn some easy cooking tips, I've got my share of those. On this subject there will always be something to learn, so I'm also an avid student. Some of my famous dishes include a Pad Thai to die for, killer Butter Chicken and Tarka Daal, and homemade chocolate truffles.
I'm a bit of a literature freak and have lists and lists of titles in my head all the time. People always ask me what book I would recommend, and by default I always say House of Leaves, by Danielewski, or A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, by Eggers. Obviously I have no idea what your tastes are, so why don't you send me a note, I'll try to find something that suits you! ;)
I love to talk about travels, cultural differences, religious beliefs from around the world, spiritual experiences, trashy street encounter stories, and other general narrative on the fine line between fiction and reality! I think everyone has something to teach, so I keep my ears open.
Countries I’ve Visited
India, Israel, Mexico, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In