The meaning of life will be revealed at the end of this profile, so be sure to keep reading ... In the meantime, here's a little about me: I'm educated, intelligent, physically fit, active, inquisitive, considerate, cultured and financially stable. I have a truly wide range of interests: exploring the natural world, hiking, cycling, kayaking, photography, music (Beatles to Bach to vintage jazz), movies (including indie and foreign films), reading (mostly fiction). I'm not materialistic, not a couch potato, not a Biblical literalist, not a NASCAR fanatic; I don't watch much TV. I try to think for myself; definitely not a dittohead. I'm liberal in a social and political sense. I enjoy intelligent conversation. I'm an ardent admirer of nature. I don't claim to be a male model, but friends tell me I look younger than I am. I've learned that some women regard baldness as an unforgivable sin, but I can't help genetics and I'm not going to pursue some absurd hair implantation strategy. I'm a bit reserved until I get to know someone well, but those who know me say I'm witty. ... Oh yeah, the meaning of life thing, right. Hold on a second, I have it written down somewhere ...
What I’m doing with my life
Writing, reading, learning, refining my outlook/ideas/beliefs,
creating, appreciating music/art/literature, cherishing the natural
world, enjoying life's humorous absurdities, keeping in touch with
my family, looking at birds, talking to my dog, wondering why she
never talks back, hoping to meet someone.
I’m really good at
Writing, ruminating, unleashing occasional displays of wit,
rejecting nonsense from certain politicians and talk-radio bozos,
blending in with the natural world (except for the ticks).
The first things people usually notice about me
my collection of Nobel Prizes.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I read mostly fiction. Favorite writers include Richard Ford,
Lorrie Moore, Carl Hiaasen, Ann Patchett and many other
contemporaries, along with the greats of the canon (Tolstoy, Zola,
Stendhal, Jane Austen). I don't watch much TV at all. Favorite
movies include Dog Day Afternoon, This Is Spinal Tap, Citizen Kane,
Before Sunrise, You Can Count On Me, Annie Hall ... I could go on
and on. I have a fondness for film noir from the 40s and 50s. As
for food, I love Indian and Thai. My musical interests are fairly
eclectic. A random sampling of favorites: The Beatles (first and
foremost), Elvis Costello, the Velvet Underground, the Feelies, Yo
La Tengo, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, Camper Van Beethoven, Cat
Power. I get a kick from traditional jazz (Duke Ellington, John
Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Oscar Peterson). I'm also partial to
classical/orchestral music (Debussy, Delius, Bach, Vivaldi). I like
a lot of rock with country influences (the Byrds, early Wilco,
Little Feat) but don't care for contemporary mainstream country. I
enjoy the blues in proper moderation. I dislike heavy metal and
have little tolerance for hip hop, dance-club music, deathgrind or
The six things I could never do without
Nature (not really a thing, of course)
Good books (as determined by ... me, of course)
My CD and record collections
Subscription to The New Yorker
NPR (formerly known as National Public Radio)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
everything except that which is not worth thinking about. On second
thought, I do think about much that's not worth thinking about.
On a typical Friday night I am
... doing whatever normal, healthy, extremely well-adjusted people do on Friday nights.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
(Redacted to protect national security.)
You should message me if
... you are intelligent, educated, open-minded (that is, not
racially prejudiced or religiously judgmental), interested in arts
and culture, appreciative of the natural world, intellectually
curious; you know the difference between "your" and "you're."