English (Fluently), Italian (Fluently), German (Fluently), French (Okay), Spanish (Okay)
Hi, I'm Francesco - after living in London for a bunch of years I
decided to come back to the Bay Area (I grew up here) and see what
life is like here. So far it's pretty cool, but now I'd also like
to meet someone nice and have adventures.
I like serious books and silly films and watching TV shows on
Netflix. When I'm not doing that stuff, I'm alternating between
writing and building playlists on Spotify (I don't trust the radio
or Songza to curate music for me). And I like getting outside from
time to time, too, whether for half-marathons or hikes or city
Nice to meet you.
What I’m doing with my life
Writing novels and short stories and thinking up ideas for movie
screenplays. Financing that by writing snotty things about Verizon
and AT&T for a living.
Running half marathons. Ruining the running by eating. Ruining the
eating by running again.
I’m really good at
Traveling to and living in different countries - I've lived in
Italy, Germany and England. I'd like to add a few more to this list
(like maybe Australia or Japan).
Languages. I'd like to add a few more to this list, too. I once
spent a few weeks trying to learn Finnish from a book, but gave up
when it was pointed out to me that the Finns all speak
Geeking out over stuff, including but not limited to geeky
Oh, and I can whip up a mean spaghetti with meat ragu. You should
The first things people usually notice about me
Back in England it was the American accent, although you might
think I sound British.
Or my eyes.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Can't stop reading. Game of Thrones; Lord of the Rings;
travel books, mainly Bill Bryson and Paul Theroux; 2001: A Space
Odyssey and Dune and Hyperion; The Great Gatsby; lately I've
started reading a lot of history.
Movies: Star Wars; High Fidelity; Austin Powers; Rushmore (any
early Wes Anderson); The Dark Knight; Office Space; Orange County;
the Big Lebowski. I also always have time for stuff like Back to
the Future or Alien/Aliens. Interstellar was the most beautiful
thing I saw last year, even if it was kind of an ideological
TV: the Simpsons, the Wire, the West Wing, Arrested Development,
Community, the Big Bang Theory, Blackadder, Fringe and Firefly. Not
the hugest fan of Breaking Bad, but it's growing on me (I'm
starting season 4 soon).
Music: The answer used to be "Pretty much everything, as long as
it's indie rock." These days I spend a lot of time looking for
electronic/synth-pop videos on YouTube and perfecting my 60s
playlist on Spotify. Also into avant-garde classical music and
Johnny Cash and Miles Davis.
Food: sushi; buffalo wings; NY-style pizza; In'N'Out; carne asada
soft tacos; curries (Indian, Thai, Malay, you name it). Also
becoming rather a connoisseur of green tea.
The six things I could never do without
Something to read.
Something to write.
Something to write on/with.
Something to listen to.
Something to watch.
Somewhere to go.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Doing things that I've never done before. Traveling to new places.
Financing said things/places.
Figuring out if I can parlay the ridiculous things I say on Twitter
into some form of paying career.
Three-act plot structure. Transition from Act 1 to Act 2, or Act 2
to Act 3 (that's the one I really have trouble with).
Whether or not I can tetris the books I just got into the rapidly
diminishing space on my bookshelves.
On a typical Friday night I am
I'd like to say the pub or something, but since I'm training for a
run at the moment it's more likely to be carb-loading.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
My sense of direction is charmingly awful - I can get lost on the
New York subway.
You should message me if
You don't have Ayn Rand in your profile. You want to share a pithy
observation, on any subject. Or, possibly, you've realized that
what's missing from your life is someone who can find a Simpsons
quote for any occasion.