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My self-summary
Independent, multi-faceted, daring and witty. Sometimes tomboy, sometimes vixen. Curious by nature, and for a living.

A good conversation or experience should take me outside my comfort zone, to broaden my horizon, or blow me straight out of it..

NY feels like the place for me but I can feel at ease almost anywhere; from the Canadian Rocky Mountains to Bamyan or Beiruth, from Marfa, TX to the city I live in: Amsterdam. Work made me move back there but I return to NYC as often as possible.

I used to be a sucker for facts and figures but nowadays I get much more inspired by out-of-the-box thinking. Like Picasso said 'art is a lie that makes us realize truth'.

(An interviewer with a wooden leg to Frank Zappa: "With your long hair, from where I am sitting, you could be a woman."
Zappa: "From where I’m sitting, you could be a table.")
What I’m doing with my life
I'm an investigative reporter (former editor/researcher/producer) who's passionately fallen in love with New York.
I used to work as one of the three editors for the Dutch equivalent of Meet the Press and as a researcher/producer for a public television current affairs documentary series comparable to PBS's Frontline.
Looking for work in NY..
I’m really good at
"A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently and die gallantly. Specialization is for insects."
- Robert A. Heinlein

In addition to part of the above, I'm pretty good at:

Finding interesting, intriguing things to indulge in.

Finding excuses why indulging would be the right thing to do.

Going astray (no sense of direction!) and ending up somewhere better by gut feeling and experience.

Thoroughly enjoying hilarious stories.

Kindling enthusiasm in whatever I find to be mindblowing and getting infected by it myself.
The first things people usually notice about me
Goodlooking, smart and funny: the killer combination omnipresent at OKC.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Man on Wire, Heart of Darkness, the making off.., Once we were Kings, Triumph of the Nerds, the Fog of War, Van de Schoonheid en de Troost, The Elegant Universe.
Pulp Fiction, das Leben der Anderen, Festen, the Shawshank Redemption, the Big Blue, American Beauty, Blade Runner, One flew over the Cuckoo's Nest.
The Royal Tenenbaums, Dr. Strangelove.
Lenny Bruce, George Carlin, Bill Hicks,.
The West Wing, the Wire, Six Feet Under, the Singing Detective (BBC).
David Shrigley.

NYT, Vanity Fair, New Yorker, Brainpickings.org,
Robertson Davies, Herman Hesse, Pablo Neruda, Milan Kundera, Moshin Hamid, Andrew Sean Greer, Antonio Skarmeta.

The Moth, Risk, Big Ideas, This American Life, Radiolab, To the best of Our Knowledge.
Classical music (opera- and requiem buff, Bach, Fauré)
Marcus Miller, Al di Meola, Leonard Cohen (Live in London), Tom Waits, Bootsy Collins, Randy Newman, Postmen, Jacques Brel, Keith Jarrett.

To savour:
Italian, Thai, Lebanese, sushi; in general I like savory, healthy food.
And ice cream, Kopiko Coffee Candy and red cinnamon gum. As well as water, wine and whiskey.
Six things I could never do without
My passport, the WWW, la dolce vita, love, questions and new horizons.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
What conscience is

How much or little control makes for the best experiences

Where to look for interesting mergers of science and art

Where to find the door to the parallel world written and directed by Aaron Sorkin

Whether polymaths are going extinct
On a typical Friday night I am
Out for drinks or dinner; Stimulating the senses; Unwinding at the gym, at home or aimlessly wandering around bookstores buying amazing books I'll never read.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I always wanted to become somebody.. I should have been more specific..
You should message me if
I have a zest for non-conformist people with a streak of genius, with above average humor, creativity or passion; for clever people who enjoy telling and listening to spellbinding stories.

Or you're just incredibly sexy, can make me shed tears of laughter, challenge me intellectually and/or show me hidden gems of New York I won't be able to find without you.
The two of us