Most days I love my work as an academic librarian. When I'm not focused on work, I often read (The Goldfinch, Borges, NY Times), but there are times when, as Neruda wrote, "I'm on my way/ with dust in my shoes/ free of mythology" backpacking in Scotland, Israel, the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, etc., bicycling, playing Scrabble, listening to music (Stevie Wonder, Glenn Gould, John Coltrane), watching a movie (Blade Runner, Selma), viewing art (Rembrandt, Bruegel, Olafur Eliasson), writing, meditating and talking to friends. Usually, I feel immense gratitude for being alive. There are stories/answers beneath the veneer of contemporary reality. I constantly search for those stories and answers. Not finding an answer is acceptable (perhaps inevitable); not asking is to stop growing. I have lived in several places including Jerusalem and London and traveled to many others. Each has broadened my worldview. (Before living abroad I thought the rest of the world was like the US. Now I think the US is an anomaly and it feels Disneyesque.) Others have told me I'm tender, generous, a mensch and that I have a lighter side, which is not reflected well in this summary.
I am not interested in having or adopting children but am open to a relationship with someone with a child or children.
In addition to my paid work, I have also volunteered in less affluent schools and taught Judaica. This year, in addition to assisting with three voter registration drives and one get out the vote drive, I am helping to teach a class on democracy and equity at a university. Sometimes I blog about net neutrality, copyright law and how to bridge the digital divide.
Twice per week I am at the gym lifting weights and on an elliptical. I average more than 10,000 steps per day. Once per week I meditate with a Buddhist group and I meditate on my own.
In 2015, for fun, I wrote a children's picture book, which I commissioned an artist to illustrate. During 2014, I authored part of a history textbook (Big Bang to present) for work.
Because, in my experience, it's more fun to read with a group, I also founded and led five book groups (on ancient Greek and Roman classics, literary fiction, Jorge Luis Borges and two on Jewish literature).
Many people think I'm really good at my job. I manage two departments in a small library. Above I mentioned that I blog about bridging the digital divide. At work, among other things, my departments manage the largest computer lab on campus, consisting of MacBooks, which we loan to students and employees. To fund the lab I led a team that collaboratively authored an award winning grant. This helps to bridge the digital divide.
I'm also a decent cook. (Saying I'm really good at cooking would be an exaggeration.)
The Goldfinch, Bel Canto, James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, Homer (Fagle's translation) Time Traveler's Wife, Cloud Atlas, Borges (both fiction and non fiction), Super Sad True Love Story, Cutting for Stone, Middlesex, Windup Bird Chronicles, The Master and Margarita, Infinite Jest, The Songlines, Raymond Chandler, Junot Diaz, Neal Gaiman, The Circle, Americanah
Paolo Bacigalupi, Snow Crash, William Gibson, Ender's Game, Altered Carbon, Daemon, Ready Player One (Fun!), Leviathan Wakes, Six of Crows, Philip Pullman
Michael Pollan, Michael Lewis, Malcolm Gladwell, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, My Promised Land, Stairway Walks in San Francisco, The Unwinding, On Immunity, Modern Romance, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, Thinking Fast and Slow, Why Nations Fail, Capital in the 21st Century, Between the World and Me, Being Mortal, Far From the Tree, Dark Money, Evicted, Lab Girl
Adrienne Rich, W. B. Yeats, The Four Quartets (T.S. Elliot), Yehuda Amichai (Bloch and Mitchell's trans.), Rilke (Mitchell's trans.), Rumi (Barks' trans.), Hafiz (Landinsky's trans.), The Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, U.A. Fanthorpe, Keith Douglas, Wilfred Owen, Li Po, Billy Collins
Newspapers, blogs, websites, columnists and miscellany that doesn't fit elsewhere:
NY Times, Robert Reich's Blog, XKCD, Frank Rich, Tao te Ching (Mitchell's trans.), Tanakh (JPS trans.), Plato's Republic (Grube's trans.)
Selma, Gravity, Mud, Inside Job, The Sweet Hereafter, Blade Runner, Minority Report, Avatar, Hoop Dreams, Batman Begins, Pollock, Tampopo, Touching the Void, Crouching Tiger, Lives of Others, The Secretary, Schindler's List, Erol Morris, Match Point, Man on a Wire, Black Mirror, The Martian
Bruegel, Calder, Rembrandt, Holbein, Olafur Eliasson, Yousuf Karsh, Galen Rowell, Diego Rivera
Plays and Playwrights:
Master Harold and the Boys, Translations (Brian Friel), The Tempest, Fathers and Sons (Arthur Miller), Arcadia (Tom Stoppard), Shakespeare
Stevie Wonder, Deep Forest, Hiromi, Coltrane, Manu Katche, Glenn Gould, Kate Bush, Pat Metheny
Mexican, vegetarian, Tartine
I don't own a TV.
4) A GPS or maps with a compass (I have no sense of direction and love cartography)
5) Wikipedia and good dictionaries
6) My music, Pandora and Spotify
Mason: Dad, there's no real magic in the world, right?
Dad: What do you mean?
Mason: You know, like elves and stuff. People just made that up.
Dad: Oh, I don't know. I mean, what makes you think that elves are any more magical than something like a whale? You know what I mean? What if I told you a story about how underneath the ocean, there was this giant sea mammal that used sonar and sang songs and it was so big that its heart was the size of a car and you could crawl through the arteries? I mean, you'd think that was pretty magical, right?
Before doing any solo camping, I took an Outward Bound Course and later a more advanced outdoor skills course. For me this is a calculated risk.