"I believe in the flesh and the appetites,
Seeing, hearing, feeling, are miracles, and each part and tag of
me is a miracle.
Divine am I inside and out, and I make holy whatever I touch
or am touch'd from,
The scent of these arm-pits aroma finer than prayer,
This head more than churches, bibles and all the creeds."
Apparently most of my matches are travelling around the world and engaging in creative pursuits. For now, my mind is focused on the small corner of the world where I live. But it's a fascinating place. Even the palm of a hand can contain worlds.
Noticing things that others don't notice.
Sono in carne ma anche in gamba.
"A Book of Nonsense" Edward Lear
"The Four Elements" Roz Chast
"Alice in Wonderland" Lewis Carroll
"Italian Folktales" Italo Calvino
"Seeing is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees" Lawrence Weschler
"A Good Man is Hard to Find" Flannery O'Conner
"The Martian Chronicles" Ray Bradbury
I have a special place in my heart for writers writing about cross-cultural experiences (Suketu Mehta, Juno Diaz, Adam Gopnik...) and all around engrossing novelists like Ian McEwan, Michael Chabon, Barbara Kingsolver. I am also fascinated by history, anthropology, linguistics and translation.
Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson. (I know they aren't cool, but they are like old friends I turn to for comfort).
I would happily spend hours looking at product labels and comparing the languages and looking at an Atlas for place names I like without really improving my geography.
Contemporary in-depth journalism (periodicals with tiny print).
Some favorite movies:
"Wings of Desire" (Il Cielo sopra Berlino) Wim Wenders
"Rear Window" Hitchcock
"Una giornata particolare" Ettore Scola
"Ieri oggi e domani" De Sica
"Pecker" John Waters
"Be Kind Rewind" Gondry
"Singing in the Rain"
"Rosemary's Baby" Polanski
Films about distopias (Brazil, Blade Runner, 12 Monkeys, etc etc)
TV: The Wire, Project Runway...
Old school jazz and blues, (Davis, Coltrane, Cole Porter Songbook), soul and funk, Caetano Veloso, some country (Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash) 90s indie and ska (Pixies, Operation Ivy), Old school rap/hiphop (Public Enemy), silly/soundtracks (surf music, Edith Piaf), Italian: D'Andrè, Guccini, Gaber, Rino Gaetano....and lots of other stuff in between, including things from this decade
Puntarelle alla romana, castagnole, espresso con la cremina, granita siciliana, most things with lemon or fruit or ginger or anice...and many many more, of course
A pen and paper.
Hot water/showers and indoor plumbing. Love it.
Un piumone in winter and breezes in summer.
Sex and human relationships
Learning new things.
Whether I should tell the children playing outside my window to stop playing with firecrackers.
What I should do next.
The Dating Game with Dictators
Oh, and I'm actually 38. I'm just experimenting with definitions and messing up okc algorithms.
I would like to meet a photographer who might be interested in working with me on a project about neighborhoods in Rome.
Se non parli inglese, non temere: parlo italiano, romanaccio e un pizzico di napoletano (se vuoi fare veramente una risata..;-)