We must never allow anyone or any ideology or any set of beliefs to prevent us from speaking and writing as we wish.
They can never be but words and can break no bones. Francis dropped a few notches in my admiration, and respect, for asserting that just because some call it a religion I may be prevented from criticizing it, or mocking it. If you agree with him ask yourself if you'd apply that rule to scientology.
I enjoy museums, mainly classical concerts, chamber music, early music, galleries, serious films (maybe they were made for some purpose other than just profit; the director entertains at least some notion that it is art, or socially redeeming, e.g., The Lives of Others, many more--usually the ones at Lincoln Plz., Film Forum, IFC, etc., no Hollywood "adventure"). Opera, theatre, and dance, too, when I can. I do not find organized sports of much interest (well, maybe a baseball game once or twice a year, maybe a world series game) and I do not watch much of anything else on tv either. I rarely plug it in. Mainly I listen to NPR radio, WQXR (but it's now, sadly, classical "lite"--WWFM on the web is much better), WKCR, WFUV. I wouldn't know most movie actors if we collided on the sidewalk, don't see most hollywood films or tv series and I wish they'd get off our streets--frequently filling several blocks in my hood. (Well I've tried now a couple of the big crime 'n cop serials--and they are horrible. Whence this fascination with cops? And why so many wrongful killings of civilians by cops. When will we stop this? Is this the result of hiring returned soldiers, who grew accustomed to fearing that every inhabitant might want to kill them? Who learned to turn and fire at once?)
I hope not to again to meet someone who is unrecognizable from posted pics. Had that happen too many times.
I do like walking outside, in The Park, my park (Riverside) or the woods (Westchester or similar) and on city streets.
I do not travel around town with a book because I always see things I learn from and enjoy looking at: buildings, cityscapes, art, people, the activity on the street, people. (An old friend used to say, the great thing about NY is that if you wait a bit there's always a free show.)
I am quite interested in good food and like both restaurants and cooking. Luckily, some genes seem to prevent obesity. A recently published persuasive large-scale medical study has caused a sudden reversal of my devotion to red meat; it's now a rarity in my life. Pity! But I'll just have to drink all this red wine anyway.
I am thoughtful, socially concerned, and liberal. I guess I should say very liberal--in case it's really true that 53% of our people would consider letting the others starve.