Some topics I know and love: words, history, science, psychology, evolution, communication, relationships, geography, children, economics, cosmology, marketing, printing, writing, idea-smithing.
THE ART OF WORLDLY WISDOM - Balthasar Gracian
THE MORAL ANIMAL - Robert Wright
WIRED FOR STORY - Lisa Cron
THE FOURTH PART OF THE WORLD - Toby Lester
SOMEBODY ELSE'S KIDS - Torey Hayden
HISTORY OF THE ENGLISH SPEAKING PEOPLES - Winston Churchill
THE SPIRIT CATCHES YOU AND YOU FALL DOWN - Anne Fadiman
WORLD ON FIRE - Amy Chua
INDIAN GIVERS - Jack Weatherford
BIPLANE - Richard Bach
LOVING RELATIONSHIPS - Sondra Ray
ADRIFT - Stephen Callahan
DESIGN OF EVERYDAY THINGS - Donald Norman
THE 48 LAWS OF POWER - Robert Greene
MERLIN - Mary Stewart
WHAT DO YOU CARE WHAT OTHER PEOPLE THINK - Richard Feynman
UNDAUNTED COURAGE - Stephen Ambrose
DOVE - Robin Lee Graham
BIRD BY BIRD - Anne Lamott
WILD AT HEART - John Eldredge
TEAM OF RIVALS - Doris Kearns Goodwin
COLLAPSE - Jared Diamond
OH THE PLACES YOU'LL GO - Dr. Seuss
AMERICAN HISTORY X - Ed Norton
THE GAME - Michael Douglas
KOYAANISQATSI - Philip Glass, Alton Walpole
HEIST - Gene Hackman, Rebecca Pidgeon
UNITED 93 - Paul Greengrass (not Flight 93)
MAN ON WIRE - Philippe Petit
SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION - Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman
THE VILLAGE - M. Night Shyamalan
THE HIDDEN - Kyle Maclachlan
LOVE ACTUALLY - Colin Firth
LOST IN TRANSLATION - Sofia Coppola
GROUNDHOG DAY - Bill Murray
SERENITY - Joss Whedon
ORDINARY PEOPLE - Timothy Hutton
LIFE OR SOMETHING LIKE IT - Ed Burns
SOMEONE LIKE YOU - Ashley Judd
BAND OF BROTHERS - Tom Hanks
THE GYMNAST - Dreya Weber
WINGED MIGRATION - Jacques Perrin
IDIOCRACY - Mike Judge
WEST WING - Aaron Sorkin
JUNO - Diablo Cody
COME IN FROM THE COLD - Joni Mitchell
DREAMING MOON - Stephin Merritt
NEW LOW - Middle Class Rut
MIND PLAYING TRICKS ON ME - Geto Boys
THANK U - Alanis Morrisette
NATURAL TO BE GONE - John Hartford
SURE AS NOT - Afro Celtic Sound System
AS IS - Ani Difranco
ICH GEHE JETZT - Blixa Bargeld
SEEDS OF THE PINE - Martha Scanlan
DON'T TELL - Madonna
BEATING DRUMS - Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra
HOLOCENE - Bon Iver
FAVORITE MISTAKE - Sheryl Crow
SWEET DREAM - Greg Laswell
GONE TO EARTH American Analog Set
ERASE AND REWIND Cardigans
REVELATOR Gillian Welch
SING ME TO SLEEP Gran Healy, Neko Case
We are living in a renaissance of art and literature and music and culture, and memes and tropes, and nouns that haven't been invented yet. The quantitative explosion need not eclipse this unprecedented, monstrous, qualitative emergence.
Some food I love to make, serve, eat:
Blueberries, wild Maine
Coffee, strong, creamy, sweet
Morningstar Farms pretend Sausage
Fresh squeezed orange juice
Mushrooms fried in butter
Fresh baked bread
Pondscum-Green nutritional drink
Nutritional yeast on buttered toast
Being a Force for Good in Each Other's Story
Culture (writings, talks, media, ...)
Deep Philosophical Conversation
Human Physical Contact
Making Useful Things
Piercingly Perspicacious Perceptivity
References, Repositories, Researchables, Triple TLAs
Rivers and streams and water with a destination in mind
Roads and paths and bushwhacks I haven't been on yet
Observation number one: the section is titled six things I could never do without. Not 6 things, six things. Observation number two: In medieval Roman numerals, SIX is 79.
(2) You are: articulate, kind, patient, generous, curious, intuitive, hilarious, modest, immodest, reverent, ribald, philosophical, snarky, or megalomaniacal.
(2.5) You live in the same century and planet. This is a dealbreaker. Interactivity is important to me, and if your situation requires new laws of physics, well I just don't have that kind of time.
(3) You've learned that past relationships don't prepare you for the next relationship. Only working on yourself does that.
(3.5) You've worked on yourself. A lot.
(4) You know what to do with strong feelings (pay more attention, get a new perspective, talk, wait, serve, write a country song), and what not to do with them (act, punish, hide, shame).
(5) Reality amuses you so much that you might actually find it fun to analyze a romantic relationship while engaged in one with the object of your affection. And you'd do so primarily for anthropological, epistemological, or facetious reasons -- the metaphysical equivalent of running with scissors.
(6) You've noticed how maddeningly one tends to be a swan to rabbits, and a rabbit to swans. (Hint, rabbits are famously lusty, swans mate for life.) You have your own theories as to why this seems to keep happening.
(7) You're kind when you don't have to be.
(8) You think and learn for fun.
(9) You hope to find someone who seems to you more brilliant than ridiculous, who feels the same about you, and you recognize what a tall order this is.
(10) You've been meaning to thank me for not letting my joy split the earth in two. In any case you're welcome.