You'll never be complete, and that's as it should be."
--Tomas Transtromer, Romanesque Arches
Meeting new people is a delight; each pair of eyes holds a universe of meaning. And when there's a spark of mutual curiosity, it can be intoxicating -- there are so many ways of perceiving the world.
Life is pretty great these days, and I'm truly grateful to enjoy unstructured free time on a regular basis. According to the VIA Character Strengths test, my top strengths are Zest, Love of Learning, and Creativity. I think this conveys more about me than "INFP" (cuspish on the I and the P). I'm in an open relationship -- that is, I practice ethical non-monogamy. My partner and I each date other people, and everyone knows about everyone else. My primary relationship is with myself -- I don't believe in soulmates, and I don't need, or want, someone else to complete me.
(Update: this month it's War and Peace. But I still like kiddie lit!)
I just saw George Bilgere read from his latest collection -- *such* a treat. Other poets: Jim Daniels, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Jane Hirshfield, Sharon Olds, Ogden Nash, Rumi, Hafiz.
Music: I have pretty eclectic tastes, and a typical mix includes Animal Collective, Pizzicato 5, Television, tUnE-yArDs, Coltrane, Monk, Verdi, Hangai, Yat Kha, Dan Deacon, Brian Eno, Dave Holland, Cesaria Evora, King Sunny Ade, Mingus, Chucho Valdez... Rough Guide came out with 2 great compilations in 2014: Psychedelic Cambodia & Arabic Jazz.
New to the world of Podcasts: Bullseye, Death Sex & Money, This American Life, Radiolab, Planet Money. Do you have suggestions?
Movies: of late -- Birdman, Grand Budapest Hotel. Upstream Color & Primer. (Favorite pickup line: "Girl, you are like a Shane Carruth film, because I don't understand you, but I really want to see you again.") More classics: Black Cat White Cat, Holy Motors, Army of Darkness, To Live, Me You and Everyone We Know, Late Spring (everything by Ozu is a treasure), Naked Lunch, Sweet Movie.
Food? Yes, please! I can only think of one or two foods that I really don't like, and I'd be willing to try them again if the cook feels strongly about their preparation.
Some Fridays I'm at a writing group, or at home sketching ideas for a weekend in the studio.