Schiermonnikoog
57Jamaica Plain, United States
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My self-summary
Introverted pantheist autodidact arachnophobe.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm an organist and choir director for an Episcopal church. Sometimes I cook for a catering business. I live to travel.
I’m really good at
Cooking. Spelling and punctuation. Muttering to myself in supermarkets. Playing 17th century German organ music. Making up stories about strangers in train station waiting rooms. Sarcasm. Sensing the emotional weather. Deploying adjectives. Living on almost no money. Procrastinating. Getting painful crushes on totally hopeless boys half my age.
The first things people usually notice about me
It surely must be my sparkly eyes.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Non-fiction books: European and Chinese history and current affairs. Travel literature, especially by Paul Theroux and Eric Newby. Peter Hessler's books on China, John Julius Norwich's history of Byzantium, and M.F.K Fisher's books on food are favorites.

Fiction: E.F. Benson, Iris Murdoch, Jonathan Franzen, Barbara Pym, Muriel Spark, Anita Brookner, Joanna Trollope, old school sci-fi. Would you think less of me if I confessed I'm also a Stephen King fan, or that I usually have a John Grisham novel in hand for long plane trips?

Magazines: Harper's, Atlantic Monthly, New York Review of Books, New Yorker.

Music: Extremely varied. Tudor choral music, Edith Piaf, verismo opera, Richard Strauss, Korngold, Gliere, Medtner, Scriabin, Franck, Widor, late Beethoven, Amalia Rodrigues, Adele, Sigur Ros, Franco-Flemish requiems, classic gospel, cheesy Thai pop, Hindustani classical music, etc, etc. I'm listening to ABBA as I type this. I really can't tolerate Rap, Country, or anything that PBS runs during fund raising time.

TV: English costume dramas. Absolutely Fabulous. Iron Chef ( preferably the original Japanese version). Scandal. Madam Secretary. The Good Wife. The Walking Dead.

Movies: 1950s Sci-Fi paranoia movies, low budget Film Noir, Ponderous 1950's Biblical epics, anything Kurosawa, anything Merchant-Ivory, anything Crawford, Davis, or Stanwyck (did I tell you I was gay?), Busby Berkeley musical spectaculars.

Food: Everything. Bi bim bap, pasta carbonara, sushi, stinky French cheeses, mouhammara, kimchee, North Carolina pulled pork, anything spicy. Cooking a lot of Thai food since returning from cooking classes in Thailand.
Six things I could never do without
Something to read.
My cat Lola.
Quality cookware.
Access to a beautiful organ.
Comfortable shoes.
Sense of humor.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
What the hell have I done?

Zombie apocalypse survival.

My next trip. (Looking forward to South India and Sri Lanka.)

How I'm going to negotiate the liturgical year with this limited choir.

How bad it has to get before I can claim asylum in Norway.
On a typical Friday night I am
Tuning the harpsichord, petting the cat or drinking martinis and watching 60 year old movies.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I have wicked crushes on Dev Patel and Suraj Sharma.

I talk baby talk to my cat. Don't judge.
You should message me if
...you have something to say.
I'm very unlikely to respond to "Hey".
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