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Hey, I’m Jeffrey!

New York, United States · Member since June 2013


My name reads "Jeffrey Green," and that's me, but no one calls me that except my spouse and the IRS. I'm Avi. (Ahh-veee). Short for Avinor.

I'm a scholar and fit the stereotype without even trying. My field is Holocaust and genocide studies (my work is primarily in literature), and I teach in the Writing & Rhetoric Program at SUNY-Stony Brook way out in the middle of Long Island on the North Shore.

What you'll see and get should I be fortunate enough to be your guest:

1. Thick glasses. Neatly trimmed beard. Softish brown hair. (Like you care.) So soft-spoken that you won't hear a word I say for two or three days as I will have to practice to speak loudly enough in a new environment. To say that I'm quiet is the quintessential understatement. I'm on the warm, kind side of friendly, and I meticulously respect others' privacy and the space in which I live, if only temporarily. At home, I spend my time reading, writing and listening (via headphones) to classical music.

2. I'm happily married to Dr. Rita Shabnam Nezami, also on the faculty at SUNY-Stony Brook. We've been married for eight years and share a second-and-third-floor apartment that hangs over a cliff on the North Shore of Long Island. And, yes, I can see Connecticut as I write this.

3. Why do I want space in Brooklyn for a week without my beloved spouse? a.) I love the city, and, after a few months, I have to escape Long Island; Rita feels the same way; I go to Brooklyn, she goes to Tangier; b.) I'm writing a major academic paper and expect to be at a crucial stage at the time during which I'm seeking a quiet space in Brooklyn; working and taking walks in a new context in the city helps me finish manuscripts with less anguish than does hanging around the well-worn spaces of home and the university.

4. I must emphasize this: My most urgent concern is to stay out of people's way, to present as little disruption as possible for the people with whom I share space, and to respect owners' privacy and the fact that I am a guest in their home. You will rarely see or hear me unless you absolutely, positively insist that it's okay to chat for five minutes without ruining your day.

I will be pleased to answer any questions you have about me and will, with pleasure, share with you my CV and a ton of references, including my current landlords, who are actually our neighbors who live downstairs. I will also be pleased to offer you the entire rental amount plus cleaning fee plus security deposit at the beginning of my stay.