A few words about me... ’I contain multitudes’: I can be relaxed and soft-spoken yet also vivacious and silly; I try to respect people even when they vex me; I am contemplative and kinetic by turns; I can quote Sophocles one moment and tickle you with a joke in the next one.
I enjoy practical jokes, listening to stories, telling stories, dancing, hiking, camping, taking my dear dog to the park, walking under the moon, literature, philosophy, theology, writing, psychoanalysis, thinking, feeling, a willingness to evolve and grow, authenticity, certain Shakespeare characters, the way my dog hugs me.
I take listening seriously...
Writing creatively. Thinking creatively.
TV: I don't watch much television, but I'm a sucker for the Sopranos, the Wire and Downtown Abbey.
Books: I'm a bibliophile and read all the time. Dostoyevsky. Chekhov. Shakespeare. Camus. Kafka. Willa Cather. Beckett. Faulkner. Morrison. Coetzee. Lots of other Nobel Literature winners. Rilke. Flannery O'Connor. Dickinson. I have a weakness for 19th century Russian writers. I also like tackling "big" books, books that require a whole new mindset in order to make sense of them: e.g. Joyce's Ulysses or Heidegger's Being and Time -- the books that change your life.
Movies: Most recently Rosetta (Belgian), A Separation (Iranian), Margaret (American), 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days (Romanian), etc.
Green & growing things
Love in all its multifarious manifestations
Uhm... Dr. Pepper.
I write creatively, so I am often thinking about language and dramatic effect and so forth. Finding the right word -- like slipping your foot into a well-worn sandal...
Also, I am currently in the midst of an analysis, so I spend a lot of time pondering my foibles and quirks, thinking more deeply about the dynamics that make me *me*, trying to catch sight of and explore my deepest desires and deepest griefs -- the essential ones, the ones buried deep down out of sight -- "where the wild things are."
I am probably anachronistic, born in the wrong era...