47Lisbon, Portugal
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My self-summary
I really enjoy having two breakfasts and writing.
What I’m doing with my life
How about something concrete, or several things : I am enjoying the rain which is gentle and smells of wet bricks and reminds me of London; I had porridge with nuts and fruit and yoghurt and a bowl of coffee as I do most mornings; today I may see a friend or two and perhaps visit some properties on Open House; write a little or at least take down a few sketches of what I see; read some articles or a book; speak to someone from my family; wander around and drink some more coffee; on a better day soon will look to leave the city to hike or swim or both.
I’m really good at
Writing, skipping, swimming.
The first things people usually notice about me
Oh I don't know. The red and blue cape, the mask.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I sometimes think I might have read all the books I'm ever going to truly love but I persevere. I like Shakespeare for complexity, Dickens for his stories, Homer for his scale, Salinger for the parsimony of Franny and Zooey, Fournier for mystery and the eternal search for things out of reach, Stendhal for grand ideas, Tolstoy for brilliant scenes and the long view, Zola for his (and my) morality, Sebald for being different, many modern American writers for believing in what they wrote (Angelou, Morrison, Franzen, Steinbeck, Fitzgerald), Jane Austen and Tom Robbins for being funny. For ideas Jared Diamond, Dawkins and many more. Lincoln for being worth writing about.

I enjoy Wes Anderson for still making films about little things, Fatih Akin for making films that feel like films, Renoir's humanism, the beauty of Les Enfants du Paradis, the energy of Mean Streets, the great comedy actresses of the 40s and 50s, Gene Kelly's dancing, the Italian Realists, Nouvelle Vague and especially Bertolucci for The Conformist.

Music - I'll come back to this but have discovered to my surprise great joy in opera, especially in the works of Mozart which seem to me some of the most optimistic and warming things ever made.

Here we go ten favourites: The Pixies, The Skatalites, Amadou and Miriam, Pulp, Bach, Bright Eyes, Francoise Hardy, Rodriguez, A Tribe Called Quest, Dylan
Six things I could never do without
Chateau d'Yquem (although I've never tried it)
The vastness of the Universe
My parents
Belief in others
A comfortable sofa
I spend a lot of time thinking about
The ineluctable mode of something. No, the insatiable appetites of bloodhounds. Not that. The ineffable wonder of it all. Someone's smile from once long ago.
On a typical Friday night I am
Trying to perfect the slide across the dance floor from Saturday Night Fever
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Twice rescued by the fire brigade after getting my head stuck in railings. Age undisclosed but once was outside Harrods and they gave me a giant beach ball.
You should message me if
You don't mind sometimes talking politics after two glasses of wine; may be prepared to take off on an unplanned road trip a week later; can teach me to surf (or sing); can whistle using your fingers; are prepared to finance a life of champagne and writing; will not attempt to eat 100 calçots on a first date.
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