Well, perhaps it wasn't quite as dramatic as that; I am going to spend some time at UW-Madison as an exchange graduate student, but I do feel a bit lost. Or perhaps it's just the lingering effects of jet lag. Be it as it may, I am looking for someone who can teach me the ropes - perhaps even explain what "football",b aseball and one-dollar bills are all about. If you also happen to enjoy late-night discussions fueled by fine claret or cheap plonk; discussions in which the low- and the high-brow blend into a quizzical but endearing expression; discussions in which the cadence, the tone of voice might mean as much as the words... drop me a line!
Films: Bringing up Baby, Manhattan, Annie Hall, Duck Soup, The Three Colours trilogy, A Streetcar Named Desire, Bright Star, Good Will Hunting, An Education.
Fiction: The Accidental (Ali Smith), Gravity's Rainbow, Ulysses.
Essays: Montaigne, Christopher Ricks, Emerson, Nietzsche and Robert Burton.
Poetry: Ovid, John Donne, Shelley, Lord Byron, Robert Browning, Ezra Pound, Sylvia Plath, Alan Ginsberg, Kenneth Rexroth, Geoffrey Hill, Paul Muldoon, Wendy Cope.
Drama: Tom Stoppard, Tony Harrison.