I’m a voracious reader, listener, viewer, and explorer of the outré. I understand the OKC question about intellectual foreplay – poetry, music, philosophy and art are all nearly erotic in their own way as sex itself.
I practice Zen meditation, I’m interested in Buddhist philosophy and go to a Zendo almost every week. All this not as a religion but as a mental exercise. Some people run to exercise their body; I meditate to exercise my mind.
All this sounds very serious, but people tell me I have a good sense of humor. I like to play the class clown, interject quasi surrealist non-sequiturs into the conversation, use arcane references for comic effect. The only way I know how to be serious is to make jokes and vice versa.
Movies: I especially love the European auteur and Japanese directors including: Bergman (Persona, Monica); Bresson (A Man Escapes, L’Argent); Bunuel (Los Olvididos, Viridiana); Ozu (Late Spring) Kurosawa (Seven Samurai, Ran) and many others. I love to dig out old, obscure, neglected films on YouTube (such as The Gun Fighter, Wanda, Burn, Honeymoon Killers).
Music: Mostly jazz - Coltrane, Monk, Basie, Sam Rivers, Sun Ra, Ornette Coleman and many others. I was sad to hear of Charlie Haden’s death. Also Ravi Shankar and Indian music in general. Some modern composers (Varese, Xenakis, Scelsi).
Poetry: William Blake (as both poet and painter); Ezra Pound (don't worry I'm not a fascist or anti-Semite); David Gascoyne; George Oppen, Thomas Traherne & many, many others. Always interested to discover new poets. Feel free to make some recommendations.
Radio: Don’t own a TV but listen to WKCR and WFMU constantly.
All of this sounds very formal and serious, but I also love things that are funny, light weight, frivolous and playful including: Star Trek (yes, I admit it); comic books (especially Jack Kirby, Marvel Comics, Allan Moore, Wally Wood, early Mad comics, Robert Crumb, Julie Doucet); Jazz & Blues singers (Cab Callaway, Louis Jordan, Louis Armstrong, Bessie Smith); low grade Sci Fi & Horror movies (Attack of the Crab Monsters, House on Haunted Hill, MST3K); punk & garage rock (The Stooges, MC5, Richard Hell, Nuggets collection); classic glamour girls (Jane Fonda as Barbarella, Joy Harmon in the car wash scene from Cool Hand Luke); femme fatale chanteuses (Nico, Marianne Faithful, Billie Holiday); classic comedy (Laural & Hardy, W. C. Fields); icons of exemplary feminine beauty (Suzanne Farrell, Setsuko Hara, Harriet Anderson in Monica); and icons of oddball feminine beauty (Rita Tushingham, Barbara Steele); crackpot geniuses, autodidacts, outré artists (Sun Ra, Moondog, Eric Hoffer, Buckminster Fuller, Captain Beefheart).
I’m dropping lots of names here, but I really do spend a lot of time reading, listening, looking at many books, poems, music, films. As Walt Whitman said "great artists need great audiences." I am part of the great audience.
(Yes, I know that's seven, but the last one is the most important.)
Also my age really is 59 as listed above. I had originally listed myself as a bit younger and then revealed my true age in the body of the profile. I did this just to get a wider range of results in my OKC searches. I originally got the idea because I noticed many women did the same thing in their profile and it never bothered me. Still, I’ve decided to give my accurate age at the top of the profile to avoid any possible confusion.
You've got enough friends, yet there's still some aspects of your mind, psyche & body that remain unsatisfied.
You have new (to me) poets, novels, films, music to recommend.
You have your own mind expanding experiences (non-toxic or otherwise) you’d like to share.
You practice some form of meditation and can offer some advice to improve my technique.
You want to have a cup of coffee or a few drinks and talk.