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It's bizarre: after spending most of my life as a writer (widely
published author and NPR essayist for 20 years) and guitarist, I
suddenly find myself hunched over a piece of beautiful wood carving
poems and sacred texts in endangered alphabets. (You can see them
in living color at www.endangeredalphabets.com
So I have to face up to my geeky side, but I'm also something of a
jock: I play soccer twice a week with 20-30 year-olds. I may be 61,
but that doesn't mean I shuffle around in slippers and a cardigan
wondering where my glasses are. Oh, and I'm also involved in
various health and education projects in the developing
All in all, I suppose this shows how much I like to try new things,
to explore, to engage in animated conversation--and that's what I'm
hoping for in a partner. Not so much a partner in crime as a
co-voyager on the expedition of the mind.
What I’m doing with my life
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Writing books, playing guitar, carving endangered alphabets.
Traveling around the country (or, indeed, the world) exhibiting the
carvings and talking about them. In other words, pretty much what
everyone else is doing.
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
The two events I wish were included in the Olympics are (a) peeling
oranges in one long curling string of peel, and (b) screwing up
pieces of paper and throwing them into a bin across the far side of
the room, even if there are obstacles in the way. The trick to the
first one, I can reveal to you all, is to use a teaspoon rather
than a knife. My record is a whopping four feet. Oh, and I can also
play blues guitar using an iPhone as a slide, surely the most
expensive bottleneck in history. I have been told by reliable
female informants that I'm a really good kisser, but I think that
probably says more about the kissee, and what she has contributed
to the moment. Oh, and I am really good at cricket--but then again,
The first things people usually notice about me
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Um, my British accent (check out
), and the fact that I
always seem to be moving.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
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My habit of bottom-feeding in the cheap back room of Barnes &
Noble means that I tend to read books nobody else has ever heard
Ten Thousand Things by Maria Dermout
The Coroner's Lunch by Colin Cotterill
The Last Good Kiss by James Crumley
The Jukebox Queen of Malta by Nicholas Rinaldi
The Silver Cloud Cafe by Alfredo Vea
Bangkok 8 by John Burdett....and so on. But I'll also read anything
by Alan Furst or Redmond O'Hanlon and probably my two favorite
well-known books are Dispatches by Michael Herr and Gravity's
Rainbow by that man Pynchon.
Television: there are only two stellar series on television:
Sherlock and Terriers. Nobody seems to have seen Terriers, but it's
on Netflix and it's outstanding.
The list of films is about ten times as long, and already I'm
Music? Gypsy jazz above all, but all sorts of other music.
Food? Avocados. Vermont Creamery butter. Freshly-baked bread.
Apples. Raspberries. What a friend we have in cheeses.
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
A steady flow of creative, spirited, fascinating conversation
Good wood and carving tools
(One of the above is a lie)
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
Okay, you got me. For the past month I've spent most of my Friday
nights either building a set of cherry bookcases or carving
spiritual/poetic phrases in Glagolitic or Khojki. There--aren't you
sorry you asked? Oh, and talking to the rabbit. (This is not a
euphemism: I have a hyperintelligent rabbit, who I'm pretty sure is
not a figment of my imagination, given the cedar shavings I have to
vacuum up each day.)
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
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I like Marmite. I know, it's a substance that is covered under many
toxic waste treaties, but when you're born in England you just have
a natural immunity.
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