I'm a travel writer and photographer who's often on assignment in
Europe and Asia, but am back in Connecticut for the next few years
while I have a translation fellowship at Yale.
What I’m doing with my life
I want to travel the world, have an electric connection with my
partner, raise fabulous kids eventually. But for now I'm interested
in meeting people for their stories, for their mark of their life
on mine. I have published my articles and essays in periodicals
around the world.
I’m really good at
making a white wine reduction for the risotto, giving toe curling
back massages, taking photos, talking literature, playing
The first things people usually notice about me
might not be that I've noticed them first though it just might be
the case. My height (6'3), gaze (stars to eyes to inner space),
clothing (dapper), pace (athletic), look (soulful), attitude
(upbeat), taste (refined) are things to notice though my silliness
and steel take longer to see.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
How come such pleasures can turn into such a hard task when
demanded? I love the Kundera's Unbearable Lightness of Being, Roy's
The God of Small Things, Nabokov's Speak, Memory, Saramago's
Blindness; I love La Dolce Vita, American Beauty, Waltz with
Bashir, Boomerang, The Shawshank Redemption, Rashomon and Super
Trooper; I can make and love to eat Caesar salad, malai kofta,
sushi, brick oven pizza, gnocchi, tiramisu, waffles, artisanal
cheeses (ok I can't really make these but I can appreciate them!)
The six things I could never do without
-The letters I've written and received from many people, acclaimed
and unknown, over the course of many years and countries.
-My innate romantic core that refuses to leave life's party
hopeless without finding someone glimmering to glimmer back at
while the rest of the evening throbs away from us.
-Primrose and hyacinths in the spring, heirloom tomatoes in the
summer, butternut squash in the fall, wool and lace in the
-My signed first edition of Moby Dick and many other books as
-Passport emblazoned with entry and exit stamps from six
-Someone to whom I might confide this list and many others besides.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
how I'd frame a photo, pleasure or treasure my love, accomplish my
next project, bring friends back together, create a lasting work of
On a typical Friday night I am
listening to jazz with live musicians, or eating some tasty food
before going out dancing, or curling up with a book uninvolved in
the frenzy of Fridays but preparing to drift from dream into the
next place I'm called to see and to describe.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
That I cried during Bambi...a few weeks ago. Or that I made that up
in order to impress you? I'm open and vulnerable to the world so
willing to admit a lot and regret very little.
You should message me if
there's some part of you that sings, whether locked in the car or
in front of a canvas, the quintessence of yours expression bursts
out in melody; or if you have a recurrent lower back pain that you
want someone to help you alleviate; or if you have need of someone
who can edit your personal statements or cook you a decent curry;
or if you want spontaneity on a starry night.