I was minding my own business in Stockholm, working my way towards
a PhD on a well-known British poet when - lo and behold - I woke up
one morning and found myself, alas not famous, but transported to
the American Midwest. I remember wishing I had a dog (whom I could
call Toto) so as to be able to tell him about my well-founded
suspicion that we were no longer in Sweden.
Well, perhaps it wasn't quite as dramatic as that; I am going to
spend some time at UW-Madison as an exchange graduate student, but
I do feel a bit lost. Or perhaps it's just the lingering effects of
jet lag. Be it as it may, I am looking for someone who can teach me
the ropes - perhaps even explain what "football",b aseball and
one-dollar bills are all about. If you also happen to enjoy
late-night discussions fueled by fine claret or cheap plonk;
discussions in which the low- and the high-brow blend into a
quizzical but endearing expression; discussions in which the
cadence, the tone of voice might mean as much as the words... drop
me a line!
What I’m doing with my life
Procrastinating, writing, trying to find my way around Madison and
the US, drinking insane amounts of coffee.
I’m really good at
Languages, miraculous, mind-boggling,
you-have-to-see-it-to-believe-it saves (think of the Tom &
Jerry trope with plates dropping from the ceiling and you get the
general idea) when I am about to spill or drop something.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
TV show-wise, lots of British stuff: Black Books, Dylan Moran,
Blackadder, QI, Armstrong & Miller, Big Train, Bill Bailey,
Eddie Izzard, Peep Show, Monty Python, Smack the Pony, The
Catherine Tate Show, The Simpsons (yes, even the new
Films: Bringing up Baby, Manhattan, Annie Hall, Duck Soup, The
Three Colours trilogy, A Streetcar Named Desire, Bright Star, Good
Will Hunting, An Education.
Fiction: The Accidental (Ali Smith), Gravity's Rainbow,
Essays: Montaigne, Christopher Ricks, Emerson, Nietzsche and Robert
Poetry: Ovid, John Donne, Shelley, Lord Byron, Robert Browning,
Ezra Pound, Sylvia Plath, Alan Ginsberg, Kenneth Rexroth, Geoffrey
Hill, Paul Muldoon, Wendy Cope.
Drama: Tom Stoppard, Tony Harrison.
The six things I could never do without
Ale, books, coffee, shirts, Apple products, friends (though not
necessarily in that order).