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My self-summary
Literature-oriented, passionate about what matters. Sensitive without the tearing up, creative without the artsi-fartsiness, confident without the braggadocio. A man without the piggery, a clotheshorse without the foppery.

In terms of physical activity, I tend to like the kinds built on fluid, repetitive action. I rowed in college, have been doing tai-chi for the past few years, and bicycling sometimes. The only exception to this is soccer, which I primordially like, which has to do with having been born in another country. Then there is yoga, but I don't consider it an 'activity' per se.

Recently began to interact with and ride horses.

I am indulgent, fluent, and concentrated.
What I’m doing with my life
Writer, sometime lyricist, literary translator

I’m really good at
imitating accents, gift-giving, paying attention, being a gentleman
The first things people usually notice about me
seriousness, eyes, hair
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
a) Anna Karenina, 12 Chairs / The Golden Calf, Huckleberry Finn, My War Gone By, I Miss It So; Shakespeare, Pushkin, The Bard, Andrew Marvell, Babel, Bunin, Bulgakov, Tzvetayeva, Pasternak, Milosh, Auden, Martial, Brodsky, Dovlatov, Emily Dickinson, R. Lowell, Plath, Guberman, Bulgakov, Nabokov, Joyce, Wilde, Waugh, Mark Twain, T. Mann, Hesse, Anais Nin, Henry Miller, Churchill, Paul Johnson, and many, many more;

b) The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Scent of A Woman, (I know, I know... and yet) old musicals (e.g. My Fair Lady,) old Hollywood film noir, 50s British B&W comedies (Alex Guinness, etc), Fellini, DeSica, Greenaway, a whole bunch of Russian directors not known in the West, almost anything by Werner Hezog, anything by Lina Wertmüller etc.;

c) Piano. Classical, (esp. Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Brahms, Grieg, Saint-Saens, Mendelssohn), jazz (esp. Charlie Parker, Bud Powell, Miles, and, of course, Ella, Billie, Dinah, Sarah;) gospel; anything, as long as it's got soul: that includes, but isn't limited to Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Queen, Prince, Jimi Hendrix, Black Sabbath, The Mommas And The Poppas, The Clash, The Police, Sting, French chanson, (esp. Aznavour, Piaf and Brel and Gainsbourg), etc., etc., etc.;)

d) fish soup, crawfish, Thai, Vietnamese, Indian, etc. Dill, anything pickled, sesame seeds. This is ridiculous. Sour cherries, clementines, persimmons, pomegranates, blackberries. (An after-dinner) mint.
Six things I could never do without
connection, a sense of purpose, real books, correct and elegant language, thickly-veiled humor

I spend a lot of time thinking about
language, music, writing, mind/heart, self-improvement
On a typical Friday night I am
Writing, working, going out; there is no typical.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I can open up that can wherever there's karaoke
You should message me if
You are feminine, intellectual, adventurous.
The two of us