I am a solitary person, but my life is filled with students and
with the people and characters I have met in real life, in books -
and in my imagination. I am seeking my Dark Lady, my muse, the
place I will call home - the starting point of our many travels,
both literal and imaginative.
I am a deconstructor, an artist and a reader. I love beautiful and
What I’m doing with my life
I teach English lit. at a university, and my passion is reading and
being with people who are 'Mental Travellers' like me.
I’m really good at
Being myself, being alone, dreaming, teaching things that I love...
reading. And my especial delight ... listening to people and
understanding them on their own terms.
The first things people usually notice about me
My silence, most probably!!
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I love the classics - from Old English to Chaucer and Dante, to
Shakespeare - and then a big leap across the centuries (via Sterne
and Blake) to the Victorians (Dickens especially), and the Moderns.
I am particulalry fond of Yeats, Wallace Stevens, and other
Modernist poets and novelists. I don't really like reading stuff
written after WWII except Sci-Fi and Fantasy literature (espcially
Phillip K. Dick). So much contemporary fiction is simply
reinventing the wheel, saying the same thing in ways that I do not
find challenging or enlightening. I love Haldor Laxness,
Dostoievsky, Jaroslav Hasek - so many - too many. One of my
favourite books is the Oxford English Dictionary - the full
version, with all the etymologies. Also read a lot of history -
especially biography. Am tending more towards non-fiction as I grow
up - though I always go back to story at the end of the day.
The movie that haunts me is Tarkovsky's 'Stalker'.
I listen to 'classical' music (Bach, Mozart, etc., though I dislike
opera - except in very forgiving moods!). I am into piano concertos
- especially the Russians (Rachmaninov, Shostakovitch...). As for
pop music, I like mostly Indy and folk music, anything from Dylan
onwards. Also groove to bluegrass, heavy metal, some New Age, and
electronica, in certain moods. Jazz is also cool - but in managed
I love simple, whole food - especially if it comes from my own
garden - a la Jamie Oliver. I go for Indian, Mediterranean, and
Thai food, and am not really into 'sophisticated' dining. I love
wine, but am not consciously 'connoisseurish' about it.
The six things I could never do without
Going on the assumption that ideas have concrete effects - result
The kindness of strangers;
The forbearance of friends;
The understanding of close ones;
The knowledge that I can change;
The clear-sightedness of enlightened beings;
The joy of knowing that the future and past contain infinite
My Macbook (that's seven things, or one!)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
History, why things are as they are now, where they come from - and
how long they have been in our collective consciousness. I also
think about nature, about simplicity, about what makes people happy
- and what makes them unhappy. Finally - these are my dark,
despairing thoughts - I think a lot about what this planet will be
like when we have destroyed it: what it will be like when the sun
is our enemy, and not the source of our life and our energy - the
time when the dark, cold places of the earth will be the new
On a typical Friday night I am
Unwinding after a hectic week, generally home alone.
You should message me if
You are a traveller and a reader. You are filled with a gentle
darkness, a silence resonant with voices of other worlds, and other
possibilites for life and living (the imagination relies on
quietness, on darkness). You are interested in nature - and human
nature. You want to explore, but you also want to create a paradise
to go home to, a place where you and yours can live in peace with
themselves and others, fulfilling their whole potential.
Or not! Surprise me and make me delete this by being your