47 Manhattan, United States
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My self-summary
I'm amicably divorced and share custody of my kids (ages 11 and 8).
I'm from the Great Plains, went to boarding school and college back east, and have been in New York most of the last 20 years.
I'm big on the merits of primary experience vs. 'meeting' electronically (duh), and skeptical about online dating. So prove me wrong.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm a journalist. I write for a handful of glossy magazines that I grew up reading (or at least that my parents subscribed to for the cartoons and movie reviews). My first book came out a few years ago--good reviews in the Times, Vanity Fair, etc.; still didn't sell much--and a few of my stories have been anthologized. Several pieces I've written have been optioned for the movies or for TV.
I think it's the greatest job in the world because I get to go places and ask just about anything of people at what's often the most remarkable moment in their lives. I'm sent abroad from time to time--to Nairobi, Milan, Paris, Delhi, London, Berlin, and Naples semi-recently--though most of my favorite stories have been here in this country (esp. the American West). I write about art, crime, sports, politics, society, obsessive characters.
I'm a social creature and have a lot of friends in the lit and art worlds, but love meeting new people. I go to lots of parties and even throw one now and then.
I’m really good at
Tennis (I played competitively in juniors), squash (played college), light carpentry, being optimistic. Can drive stick-shift. Can usually solve the Times crossword on Saturdays; always on Fridays.
The first things people usually notice about me
My clothes are really preppy. I love that shit.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
John Updike, John Cheever, Noel Coward, Dawn Powell, Janet Malcolm, Evelyn Waugh, Somerset Maugham, Anthony Powell, Philip Roth, Saul Bellow, Renata Adler, Ann Beattie, Richard Ford, Raymond Carver, Max Beerbohm, Theodore Dreiser, Patricia Highsmith, John Dos Passos, John O'Hara, Frank O'Hara, Willa Cather, Mari Sandoz, Larry Woiwode, Pete Dexter, Denis Johnson, George Saunders, Joan Didion, John Gregory Dunne, Louis Begley, Thomas McGuane, Bernard Malamud, Leonardo Sciascia, Isabel Fonseca, Graham Greene, Lionel Shriver, A.M. Homes, Gay Talese, Alec Wilkinson, Martin Amis, Kingsley Amis, Paula Fox, Raymond Chandler, Ross Macdonald, Dwight Macdonald, Joseph Hergesheimer, Adam Haslett, Gary Shteyngart, Sam Lipsyte, Edward St. Aubyn, Elaine Dundy, Joshua Ferris, Wells Tower, Guy Trebay, Guy de Maupssant, Balzac, Dickens, Chekhov.
On a desert island: the New Yorker, the New York Times, Granta.
If the island had an outbuilding: World of Interiors.

Purple Noon, Downhill Racer, Blowup, City of God, Donnie Darko, In the Loop, The King of Comedy, Logan's Run, Flirting With Disaster, Shallow Grave, The Long Goodbye, Hud, Swimming Pool, Get Him to the Greek, Forty-Year-Old Virg., Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (both Gene Wilder and Johnny Depp versions), Run, Lola, Run, Le Cercle Rouge, The Knack and How to Get It, Billy Liar (I LOVE Julie Christie), Election, Freeway (REALLY LOVE Reese Witherspoon), Salvador, Heavenly Creatures, The French Connection, Bad News Bears, Chitty-Chitty Bang Bang, Exotica, The Apartment, Bottle Rocket, The Quiet American, Animal House, Husbands, A History of Violence, Rancho Deluxe, True Grit (both), Jerry Maguire, The Ice Storm, Splash, Fast Times at Ridgemont High.

Thomas Struth, Alex Katz, Tom Wesselman, Chris Burden, Ed Ruscha, John Chamberlain, Diane Arbus, Tracy Emin, Caravaggio, Goya, Balthus, Richard Avedon, Wayne Maser, August Sander, Marc Quinn, Katharina Fritsch, Martin Parr, John Currin, Rachel Feinstein, Philip Smith, Penelope Umbrico, Gregory Crewdson, Victor Vasarely, Sarah Morris, Peter Saville, Jenny Saville, and whoever designs textiles for Scalamandre and Clarence House.

The Larry Sanders Show, Mr. Show, The State, Playmakers, The Young Ones, Mad Men, The Office, Outsourced, All in the Family, Columbo, Brideshead, first three seasons of The Real World (N.Y, L.A., S.F.), ATP and WTA tour on the Tennis Channel.

Deerhoof, the Velvet Underground, Superchunk, X, Neil Young, Madness, The Selecter, Suede, Ween, Malkmus and the Jicks, Magnolia Electric and Songs Ohia, Galaxie 500, Luna, Roxy Music, R.E.M., Suede, Dr. Dre, Public Enemy, Kraftwerk, Stranglers, Probot, Metallica, the Rezillos, Game Theory, Seaweed, Orange Juice, John Foxx, Amplified Heat, the Shirelles, Motorhead, Cat Power, Minor Threat, Sleater Kinney, Barbara Manning, Silver Jews, Marianne Faithful, MC5, Iggy and the Stooges, Kiss, Husker Du, Joy Division, Serge Gainsbourg, Budgie, Conway Twitty, Hair soundtrack (Broadway version over movie), Lydia Lunch, Louis Loco and the Loveboats, Jesus Christo and the Christ Killers, Los Faces, Harry Skidmore, Junior Wells, Sisters of Mercy, the Jam, Big Star.

The six things I could never do without
Female company
The love of my family
Good shoes
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Soho has the boots.
Noho's got the crack.
New England has the foliage but I'm not going back.
On a typical Friday night I am
Hanging out on Second Avenue,
Eating chicken vindaloo.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Hobbies include shoplifting at Dean and DeLuca and buying shirts on eBay with other people's monograms.
You should message me if
You got the Ramones joke or one of the other references.
You get a message from me.
You're stylish, romantic, joyful, and generous of spirit.
You're happy and want to be happier.
You are 1,000-percent woman.

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