So after years of enjoying the freelancer's life (spending a few months one winter in Australia, few months in Indonesia the next, a quick trip to South America for a few weeks when the mood struck) I “buckled down” and two years in I’m still trying to figure out how so many people do this full time job thing.
I guess I can’t really complain about a decent gig and there are certainly worse towns to be “stuck” in. Hey, now I finally have the time to take that Spanish class I’ve been meaning to forever. Well, I should have the time, but it’s New York, time has a (often wonderful) way of getting away from you.
What else can I say that’s relevant here... For my birthday my friends always seem to give me either books or booze. What do you think that says about me?
Whatever it is, I like it.
I will however take the opportunity to answer the question in regards to some categories that weren’t listed, but perhaps should have been.
These days I think Podcasts are probably as relevant as any of these. This American Life, Radio Lab (anyone else going to the BAM show?), Savage Love, Studio 360, The Moth, The Nerdist, Fresh Air (especially when Dave Davies is guest hosting. Sorry Terry), Creative Screenwriting, Morning Becomes Eclectic, KEXP Song of The Day, Planet Money Leonard Lopate/Brian Lehrer...
How about Poetry? Burning In Water Drowning In Flame, Frost, Cummings, Tennyson, Ferlinghetti...
And as for favorite foods, most anything spicy. Not so much for sweets.
1. Something good to read.
2. Good food.
3. Strong coffee.
4. Good bourbon (or gin when it's warmer out, such as now).
5. Good music.
6. Do I really need 6? I guess I’ll say NPR - I got the messenger bag this drive. What did you get? Besides peace of mind, of course...
At the moment I'm also absurdly excited that Bill Moyers is back on the air, too.
C’mon, is it sometimes politics and the state of the world? Sure. Is it sometimes what city to visit next or where to get a proper cocktail? Sure.
But really, Friday (and Saturday) nights out in New York are kind of amateur hour. Sunday night? Wednesday night? They're almost always more interesting.
But recently... I don't know. The idea of living in The Hudson Valley or in the country somewhere sounds really, really good to me.
Maybe if I just lie down for a bit it'll pass.
Kinda just looking for someone to go to the movies with on a regular basis, too.
So I guess if any of this sounds about right to you, well, that's why.
Or if you think we should get together and call ourselves an institute.