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My self-summary
See below, also, incorrigible observer of the beauty of tiny moments. Curious about everything.

Since the job choices on okcupid are rather narrow, I'll say it here: I work with wine.
What I’m doing with my life
Constantly reading. Making sure the people around me are happy. Searching for the balance.

Studying, literally and figuratively, sounds so dreadfully twee on paper but it's true...

I am both gainfully employed as a sommelier (a job which requires it's own incessant studying) and working on an academic degree after my previous life of violin performance.
I’m really good at
Seeing the light as it glows. I am very articulate in writing, not always so in person. Empathetic. I love to cook. Finding the humor, the laughter and the delight in things.
The first things people usually notice about me
A unique, hopefully charming mix of poised and gracefully clumsy with a bit of nerd mixed in.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Literature: The God of Small Things, by Arundhati Roy; Interpreter of Maladies, by Jhumpa Lahiri; Memories of my Melancholy Whores, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez; Let the Great World Spin, by Colum McCann; Of Human Bondage, by Somerset Maugham; McSweeney's, The Paris Review, The New Yorker, The Economist, The New York Times; anything by Jonathan Safran Foer, Michael Pollan, Elie Wiesel, Milan Kundera, Calvin Trillin, Maria Ortese, Giovanni Verga, Italo Calvino, David Sedaris, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Truman Capote, Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins (in small doses, he can be a bit didactic), Gary Shteyngart's first and third books. Evocative storytelling of all sorts. I treasure exquisite sentences and am troubled by awkwardly cobbled-together academic writing by otherwise learned people.

I live for food and wine and, as one may ascertain from my screen name, have a particular affinity for Italian varietals. Farmers' markets make me ecstatic. Appreciate all genres of food as long as the emphasis is on responsibly sourced and thoughtfully prepared. Above all, eating and drinking are meant to be riotously enjoyed in the moment, with conversation and appreciation for one's good fortune.

Am reluctant to watch television with the exception of Jon Stewart, Mad Men, and the occasional stream of 30 Rock. Listening to podcasts of This American Life while cooking is practically a religious calling.

Classical music (Shostakovich, Mozart, early Beethoven, Stravinsky, Debussy, Brahms, etc.) and jazz (Cannonball Adderley, Mingus, Ella, Wayne Shorter, etc.) primarily; Cat Power, the Pixies, Jose Gonzalez, Daft Punk, Radiohead, the Tallest Man on Earth, classic rock (Hendrix, Stones, etc.)

Movies: Almodovar, Wong Kar Wai, Wes Anderson; Respiro, The Beat That My Heart Skipped, Non ti muovere, Divorzio all'italiana, Indagine al di sopra di ogni sospetto, Secretary, The Visitor, About Schmidt, American Beauty, Northfork, The Usual Suspects, Lost in Translation, Buon giorno, notte; Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Daniel Day Lewis, Sean Connery as James Bond (the only real Bond!), Maggie Gyllenhaal, Marcello Mastroianni, Jean Paul Trintignant
The six things I could never do without
Reductive category, no? Who can pick just six things? However...
Hunger, satiation, laughter, critical thinking, texture, warmth.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Politics, kindness, the acquisition of knowledge, what I'm reading, and where/what I may eat/cook/drink next.
On a typical Friday night I am
Hiding from what some may term Amateur Night Out. Searching for the civilized. Likey all while working.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Not in the public sphere.
You should message me if
Teach me something, as often as possible. Even better if we can learn together.