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biblioenophile

44 M New York, NY

My Details

Last Online
Jul 21
Orientation
Straight
Ethnicity
White
Height
5′ 9″ (1.75m)
Body Type
A little extra
Diet
Strictly anything
Smokes
No
Drinks
Socially
Drugs
Never
Religion
Atheism, and somewhat serious about it
Sign
Virgo, but it doesn’t matter
Education
Graduated from university
Job
Other
Income
Rather not say
Relationship Status
Single
Relationship Type
Offspring
Doesn’t have kids, but wants them
Pets
Likes dogs and dislikes cats
Speaks
English, Russian (Okay), Arabic (Poorly)

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My self-summary
Eclectic character seeking inspired and inspiring female comrade. I love life best when I'm surrounded by lots of friends, hand-made food, rascally children, poetry, philosophy, some green, and a sprinkling of wine. I've been blessed with all of these except the above-mentioned comrade and the rascals of my own.
What I’m doing with my life
Taking a break from creative pursuits (I dabbled in theater for years) to focus on a new business: advising individuals and institutions in the Middle East on investing. I also do some communications consulting for ambassadors from the Persian Gulf region, and some work with the Obama administration's trade missions to the Middle East. My business currently takes me often to Europe and the Middle East, but I make my own schedule and in place of an office I have my iPad.

In the past, I've run several small businesses in the technology / marketing / consulting fields, but my heart has always been with the arts and sciences. I've published some dramatic works (mainly as a dramaturg), produced lots of theater, worked as a wasp specialist and amateur unlicensed docent at the American Museum of Natural History (I can give you a tour that you won't forget!), and am working on a popular science book.

I'm a big fan of wine and conduct amateur wine tastings on a regular basis and love to travel to wine regions to meet the people behind small family-owned vineyards trying to make authentic wine. I also love to do historical-philosophical tours of interesting cities & countries; sometimes I host, other times I just listen to the experts.

I also love to cook, and while I am only really confident with a few recipes, I'm always trying new dishes. I believe my roast chicken may be one of my finest accomplishments in life so far.

* Note: I love Manhattan and have lived here for 20 years. However, recently, I've been finding neighborhoods in Brooklyn, Boston, CT, and even some small towns in Europe to be quite appealing. I would never fully sever my ties to New York, but I am open to splitting my time in a more peaceful, fresh-air filled, and smaller spot on the globe.
I’m really good at
Telling stories to adults and children, finding interesting historical nooks and culinary treasures in foreign cities, dramaturgy, keeping in touch with people and connecting them to one another.

I'm good at making strangers feel welcome; helping people fall in love with New York, making friends with busboys, taxi drivers, and street artists; and working maniacally toward impossible dreams/projects.
The first things people usually notice about me
I get easily enthused and inspired by people and ideas.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Anna Karenina, Walden, The Denial of Death, The Story of Civilization, Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, Is That a Fish in Your Ear?, Pinker, Dawkins, all the Russians, Rilke, Asimov's non-fiction, Soviet travel guides, Pynchon, Edith Hamilton, PG Wodehouse, Don Quixote, and presiding above them all, Shakespeare.

Movies: Anything by Bergman or Kurosawa (all time favorite is "Ikiru"); American classics like "It's a Wonderful Life" and "His Girl Friday;" Soviet comedies like "Devchata"; and newer stuff like "Eternal Sunshine" and "Rushmore." Also have a soft spot for cheesy epics by Lucas, Spielberg, and Cameron.

TV Shows: Flight of the Conchords, Bored to Death, Jeeves and Wooster, Downton Abbey, and Michael Palin's travel documentaries. Michael Scott and his cohorts have gotten me through many trans-Atlantic flights. Update: Community is the best.

Food: I love all food except cilantro. Favorite is Laotian eggplant and squash curry (unfortunately I can only find it in Madison, WI), but will settle for Thai, Indian, or Szechuan. Also of course Italian and all the great new thoughtful, hearty locavore stuff sprouting up everywhere.
The six things I could never do without
Shakespeare, Italian wine, Europe, Obama, reminiscing and planning for the future, my friends.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
My three goddaughters, the delightful offspring of my best friend, and what adventures and trips we'll next be taking together.

Is it possible that the world's civilizations and cultures could go into decline? Are we moving closer to or farther from a world our descendants will be grateful to inherit?

Will I live long enough to see 1) life discovered elsewhere, 2) a grand unified theory, 3) a solution already between Israel and Palestine, 4) nanotechnology and stem cells significantly diminish the threat of cancer, Alzheimer's, etc.

Also, when is the iPad 3 coming out? (Update - why didn't they just call it the "iPad 3"?)
On a typical Friday night I am
Anywhere except at a loud club or a chain restaurant. Hopefully with a good friend or a great book.
I’m looking for
  • Girls who like guys
  • Ages 32–38
  • Near me
  • Who are single
  • For long-term dating