I am enjoying a long and happy career, into which I've put a lot of hard work and faith in the job, myself, and others. It gives me opportunities for creative expression, breadth of knowledge, and the joy of being part of a collective. It demands sometimes that I travel, but it also has given me cherished opportunities to live and work with people of different cultures.
After running and lifting for a quarter century, five years ago I became an avid Ashtanga yoga practitioner, and it's taken me that long to learn the whole primary series. I'm back in the weight room, but yoga has brought a lot of positive changes in my life, and science says it actually repairs the harmful genetic effects of stress. Still, as my yoga teacher says, "It's just yoga."
I scored an 8 on the Narcissistic Personality Inventory, a very low score, but that doesn't make me special. #veryhumblebrag
(That joke was written in Manhattan. I have since moved to Brooklyn and have a larger kitchen. But fuck it, it's not bad, it stays up.)
Also: calm and methodical in a crisis. I get what needs to get done done.
Favorites include L'étranger, Pride and Prejudice, Have Space Suit—Will Travel, The Quiet American, Lolita, Ubik, Neuromancer, Alan Hollinghurst, mid-career Martin Amis, Ian McEwan's Saturday.
Movies: the Buster Keatons he directed, The Gold Rush, Rules of the Game, Nights of Cabiria, Wild Strawberries, From Russia with Love, Goldfinger, Jean-Pierre Melville thrillers, early Jean-Luc Godard, the Soviet War & Peace, Stalker, Law of Desire and a lot of Almodovar, Tarantino, Princess Mononoke, the Bourne trilogy. Seriously, the Bourne trilogy comprises three of the best movies of the century. And then I got to be in one!
Music: Bob Wills, Leon Russell, Missy Elliot, Lil' Wayne, Wayne Hancock, Girl Talk, Alarm Will Sound, Hot Club of Cowtown, L7, Watch the Duck, many more...
TV: Stranger Things, Fargo, Breaking Bad, Slings & Arrows, The Prisoner, and every janky-ass minute of The Expanse.
Theater: I always love to see what those crazy kids are doing downtown. Or in Bushwick. Not one for the musicals, but Hamilton was profoundly moving.
Food: the crispy lamb with cumin and chili pepper at Fu Run, a Mongolian restaurant in Flushing, is the best thing ever and should be the official state food. I once, however, ordered braised sea slug, and that is on the top of my list of musts-to-avoid-in-future. I've taken that bullet for you: don't order braised sea slug.
All in all, I'm up for something that challenges me.
Nous sommes tout le monde ici sur OKCupid les passe-murailles, cherchant pour amour par wifi, et nos ondes quittent nos ordinateurs et nos iPhones, et elles volent à travers nos murs et elles pénètrent les murs des autres comme flèches d'Éros.