New year, so thought I'd refresh my profile. Ready to dip my toe back into the dating pool. But still, even though I write for a living (and even blog), when asked to write in the first person, I go blank. Speechless (a rare occurrence). But, here goes. Life-long New Yorker who moved—kicking and screaming— to LA about 15 years ago. Much to my surprise (and my east coast friends, who started a pool predicting my return) I've come to really love it here.
What I’m doing with my life
In a bit of a transition. My decision to cast my career at the
nexus of music and journalism didn't quite pan out as planned (had
a good run, but work that I enjoyed became harder and harder to
find—and started paying less and less), so I've made a move into
television and back to my first love, writing.
I’m really good at
I'd like to say writing. I think I can swing a pretty good
sentence, but I'll leave that decision to you. Also a pretty good
cook, better-than-average DJ, and able to tell a joke.
The first things people usually notice about me
My intelligence and sense of humor. Next, they express amazement at
my extraordinarily large......vocabulary.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
This changes day to day, sometimes hour by hour. Probably best to just list when I've read, heard and seen recently. Movies: Koved Carol, and The Big Short. Impressed by Spotlight (I'm a sucker for dramas where journalists are the heroes...go figure), and Brooklyn. Liked The Hateful Eight, but it was far from prime Tarantino. Was devastated by Room. Did not get the Revanent. It's beautiful to look at, but it felt like an endurance test with no reason. On cable: Bringing Up Baby, Night of the Hunter, the lesser-known silent comedians (Fatty Arbuckle, Ben Turpin, Charley Chase) that have been showing up on TCM Thursday nights. TV: Homeland, Kimmy Schmidt, Blacklist, Mom...looking forward to the new X-Files. Books: Big fan of Don DiLillo and Philip Roth; went through a stretch where I read Jane Austen, Edith Wharton, and Henry James. Love mysteries and detective stories: Chandler (The Long Goodbye is one of the best books about Southern California), McDonald, Michael Connelly from LA; Ian Rankin and Georges Simenon from Europe. Not a fan of the Millennium Trilogy books. Think Lisbeth Sandaler is a great character, but, Larsson is not much of a storyteller; the plots are clunky and the writing pedestrian. Looking forward to reading the new Patti Smith book. My taste in music? Think an edgier and broader KCRW; from electronic dance music to Gregorian chants and much in between. Also love live music, from a small club the Bowl. Hope this clears things up.
The six things I could never do without
a well-written book
the love of a good woman
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Easier to say I spend a lot of time thinking: Politics, art, books,
movies, music, why would anyone own a toy dog, what is it about
BMWs that attracts asshole drivers, etc.
On a typical Friday night I am
There really is no typical Friday. Could be out seeing a band,
having dinner with friends, at the Arclight, or just home,
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Will not be admitted here. I usually wait for a face to face
meeting for that.
You should message me if
If you're intrigued by anything you've read here.