45 Rome, Italy
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My self-summary
I live in Italy and I feel kind of "trapped" here, since I used to live abroad for many years (UK, Ireland, Russia) and 10 years ago I had to come back to my homeland. So, I joined this website mainly to make friends all over the world.
I have a special love for Russia and Russian culture (literature, arts, films, and, more in general, what Russians call the "russkaya dusha". Russians will understand). Also, I do like to learn many languages (Portuguese and French are my last discoveries!).
What I’m doing with my life
My job is about editing and writing books, and I love it. I also love to study for myself. I am very good on developing theories about the meaning of things. I am afraid I am also "good" in getting things more complicated than due to please other people. Sorry for that: it's just the way I am - a reflective person, but also with a strong creative and playful nature.
Recently, I have finished to write a sci-fi novel and I hope to develop a graphic novel out of it.
I’m really good at
I asked a friend for this and she said (about me):
1) Listening to people's issues 2) Creating new games to be played together 3) Surprising people about what I know, when I seem I don't care 4) Telling stories that keep the attention of the audience 5) Making friendship at a very deep level 6) Achieving difficult goals in life
The first things people usually notice about me
Probably, that I have a bit of a stutter.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books and arts. All classic books (Russian novels, Shakespeare, Melville, Swift, Stevenson, etc.). Reading is my work, and also writing books - so, it's very difficult to answer this question. Oh, well, ok... I'll try. A couple of names about contemporary authors: Vassily Grossman as a novelist, Derek Walcott as a poet, Samuel Beckett as a playright, Kandinsky as a painter.

Movies. All Hitchcock's movies. Favourite film directors: Bergman, Tarkovsky, Sokurov, Herzog, Buñuel, Kiarostami, Resnais, Altman, Scorsese, Ken Loach, Truffaut, Orson Welles.
All "indie" movies: I enjoyed a lot "Lars and the Real Girl", "The Wrestler", and "Little Miss Sunshine". Sci-fi's (I love Battlestar Galactica and Star Trek - TNG, Enterprise, Deep space 9; Firefly) and sci-fi from 50ies. Tv shows: Real Humans (a Swedish series), Dexter, The Sopranos, and Monk!

Music. Rock/blues from 70ies. James Taylor, Genesis, Suzanne Vega, Tom Waits, Jethro Tull, Neil Young. British pop music.

Food. Japanese food (sashimi). All kind of fish. I eat everything actually. I have a very good relationship with food, I just enjoy it when is good.
The six things I could never do without
Internet, freedom, my books, my guitar, true friends, reflecting on things
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Philosophy. Religion. And again philosophy.
On a typical Friday night I am
I have not a typical Friday night. Really, it doesn't matter. I am homely.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Ach, this is going to be unpopular: I don't like dogs. I know this is a big turn-off for many. It seems all the world adores dogs: I just prefer other animals (snakes, lions...) and pets (parrots, hamsters, cats). Sorry again, I just haven't a good feeling with dogs. Cats come to me, dogs bark at me.
You should message me if
You were interested by my previous answers. You think we have something in common. You believe in friendship before everything else. You have something to tell me. Just read what I wrote: my tastes, my ideas. I won't reply to a simple "Hi there". It's not snobbery, but... even a "ah, I love Vassily Grossman too!" or "why don't you love dogs?" are better than a simple "hi there".