I am the most un-professorial professor that you will ever meet. Though I enjoy playing all sorts of head games, I possess a strong and equal attraction to the physical side of life. When I am not teaching, or working on research, you are likely to find me doing something that stimulates my muscles and/or my senses. In no particular order I enjoy intense workouts at the gym, moving my body to a driving beat on the dance floor, soaking up some rays on a beach, hiking up a peak for the view, walking the streets of a foreign city, or laying out at night under the stars. I have a particular attraction to the sea, and have spent a great deal of time, in recent years, on large ships that cruise the Caribbean, Atlantic, and Mediterranean.
I am also the luckiest man alive. I met the light of my life forty years ago, married her right after college graduation, and spent thirty-six enchanted years as her lover and best friend. Together, we created two awesome sons, who are brilliant, handsome, and kind.
I was born and raised in New York City, one of my favorite places on this earth. I have worked, and still work, in an occupation that encourages creativity, gives me almost complete control over my time, and provides total freedom from supervision by others. I enjoy excellent health, have good social skills, and am financially secure.
Only recently have I come to the realization that a fundamental difference between Republicans and real Democrats is that while they delude themselves with the belief that they can make it, or have made it, through their own effort, we know that nobody does well without a little luck. While the Horatio Alger myth provides the motivation many need to work hard, it is, after all, just a myth, and not a reality.