Native New Yorker who loves Rome almost as much, big fan of cooking
magazines, NPR, color. I love cities, travel, art (well not all
art, only the art that I love), conversation, the bon mot, the sly
reference, and people who make me laugh. Was in Spain a while ago
and really loved it, especially Seville. On the other hand, it was
astonishing to find that one could get tired of ham.
I am vivid, virtual (for now), and verbal, and not a fan of instant
messages as an opening gambit. And, oh yeah... I'm not looking to
date married men. I didn't think that needed to be said, but
apparently it does...
What I’m doing with my life
Teaching incredibly smart college students how to write as smart as they actually are. Promoting my book on writing. (if you have or know a kid who's finishing high school or starting college, you should definitely give it to her. Or him.) Taking analog photographs. What else? Yoga and rowing (not on the water, alas), reading the NY Times, eating ethnic food, walking and biking around NYC. Being grateful for Citi Bike, though I still find myself on the subway a fair bit. The wonders of our fair city still make me marvel. I should spend more time improving my Italian.
I’m really good at
Standing on my head;
being a guest (helpful, fun, patient, don't get in the way);
making salad and coffee, not together;
remembering what people tell me.
The first things people usually notice about me
That I'm funny;
How fast I talk;
Maybe my eyes?
My colorful stockings.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Authors: Laurie Colwin, Joan Didion, Philip Roth with many caveats. Can't believe how good Moby Dick turned out to be. Recent great things I've read were A Constellation of Vital Phenomena (check it out), and Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk and a couple of Kate Atkinson books. Also Borges, Whitman, of course.
Music: Leonard Cohen, Richard Thompson, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Fabrizio De Andre, Dolly Parton (an underrated song writing genius...) Not sure if she's a favorite, but I've been liking Neko Case lately. That Magnetic Fields Song Papa was a Rodeo. Of course, Blondie and Prince and other geniuses of sex/beat.
Art: Joseph Cornell, Giotto, Caravaggio, a bunch of contemporary artists.
Movies: Nashville, other Robert Altman, lots of other stuff I can't think of. Night of the Shooting Stars/La Notte di San Lorenzo. Some Like it Hot.
Food: Yes! Ethnic, Italian (Always happy to eat at Lupa or go to queens for Thai or Chinese food).
The six things I could never do without
Moka Stovetop coffeemaker
Oxford Comma and the semicolon
I spend a lot of time thinking about
the absolute best place to stand on the subway platform for maximum exiting efficiency;
how things got this bad (country, world, Trump, eg);
what's for dinner;
why people like Trader Joes;
my next novel.
On a typical Friday night I am
My Fridays are large and contain multitudes--do they contradict themselves? All right, they contradict themselves. Sometimes I'm at the gym, sometimes eating tasty food. Sometimes grading papers (that's where you, on your white charger, come in), sometimes at the movies. Sometimes I'm early to bed, sometimes I'm out late.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I compost (actually, not metaphorically).
You should message me if
if the spirit moves you, you read books, and you like to talk.