Random things I enjoy:

Old-style (but new) French music

I used to compose music in a French impressionistic style. Here is a piece I wrote as an undergraduate called “Citherne,” performed by the marvelous pianist, mathematician, and fellow graduate student (at the time) Adrian Banner at the GC dining hall at Princeton.
(recording of Citherne by Adrian Banner) | (score for Citherne)
It was supposed to be the first of 4 movements, but I never wrote the third and fourth. The second piece is called Theorbo. Here are two recordings of Theorbo. The first is performed by the very talented Sangwook Cheon of Duke. The second is by Garrett Katz, who I have not yet had the good fortune to meet, but hopefully someday! The score is also here in case you would like to try to play it yourself (it's not too hard to sightread).
(recording of Theorbo by Sangwook Cheon) | (recording of Theorbo by Garrett Katz) | (score for Theorbo)

Room Escape Games

I love room escape games and other types of puzzle games, particularly those that are easy for a kid to solve but might be hard for an adult.


How could anyone not like bluegrass?


I love hot chocolate. My current recipe involves a small spoonful of hot fudge (Ms. Richardson's) into a glass of milk and a big spoonful or two of dark cocoa powder (Hershey's Dark) whirred with a whirrer device. I also think cheese puffs are one of the most amazing inventions ever. I love Gjetost cheese sliced so thin that it curls - not everyone likes it, but I think it's incredible - like salted caramel but not too sweet. My favorite dessert is probably chocolate-covered orange peel, or perhaps (gluten-free) key lime tart. But I don't get to have either of them very often because they are a lot of work. (I get hot chocolate every day though!)

Old Houses

I'm a proud member of our local preservation society. I wish modern architects understood symmetry.


Lately I've been giving mostly to support Ukraine or local elections.