- Chicago Tribune
"If you must date only one man this year, he should be Flivver."
- Roger Ebert
"A master at the art of appreciation and wonder."
- The Los Angeles Times
"Don't stand there at the tipping point; trust your snap judgement on this one - Flivver is a thought-provoking, category-defying, outlier of a man."
- Malcom Gladwell
"His energy is so intoxicating and uplifting that in some cultures his discarded bodily fluids are sold on the black market as an Irish coffee substitute."
–Maynard Keenan, lead singer of Tool
I don't know what a flivver is, but it sounds like one of those funny British words like "lorry" or "Wellies".
Some of my fantasy women: Roshini Thinakaran, Daniela Ushizima. (Of course, they might juggle kittens for all I know.)
(I thought I was interested in writing something more romantic; so I recently began studying romance novels. And was surprised to learn... women are more disturbed than I thought!)
Art is champing at the bit this year, because I'm trying to get a faculty position... with Science! And my science is divided between biology (aging research and systems biology) and artificial intelligence. I'm either well-rounded, or have ADD.
I also scheme about web-based startup plans, think about moving north during the summer, and think about moving south during the winter.
Books - The greatest books ever written in English are being written today. Often by immigrants to England or America - maybe the natives have life too good to write great literature anymore. A lot of good stuff by Indian authors, like Interpreter of Maladies. I loved the idea of The Glass Bead Game, which is played by drawing connections between math and art; but like all Hesse, it leaves you with nothing distinct, only the hazy impression that you glimpsed something amazing, like trying to recall a dream. Other favorites: Riddley Walker, HHGTTG, A Prayer for Owen Meany, Things Fall Apart, The Passion, Snow Crash, The Gunslinger series, Narnia chronicles, Winnie the Pooh, The Last Unicorn, Catch-22. I liked Moby Dick, dammit! It's the greatest fantasy novel ever written, full of strange cultures and occurrences, and it's set in the real world! Some people can guzzle down dozens of McCaffrey books about dragons, yet can't bear to read a single chapter about guys on the open sea in little rowboats with iron toothpicks hunting whales AS THEY DID IN REAL LIFE.
I've replaced my fantasy with anthropology since I realized Japan is stranger to me than any society from a fantasy novel, and my science fiction with science. The Origins of Order is the most mind-blowing non-fiction book I've read, with Neural Engineering not far behind.
Movies - The Last Unicorn, The Fall (2006), Easy Rider, Mary and Max, Spirited Away, Being John Malkovich, Dr. Strangelove, The Court Jester (an oldie with Danny Kaye in his best role), The Princess Bride, The Jerk, Life of Brian, High Noon, Time Bandits, Better Off Dead, Groundhog Day, Ghostbusters, Back to the Future, The Music Man, The Dam Busters (the last act of Star Wars was a blatant ripoff of this true story from WW2), Buckaroo Banzai, Office Space, Fiddler on the Roof, The Producers, Young Frankenstein, Raising Arizona, The Russians are Coming!x2, Butch Cassidy & Sundance Kid, Blade Runner, Mary Poppins (can't help it!), Edward Scissorhands, Mouse that Roared, Lawrence of Arabia (another "better fantasy than fantasy" story), Clockwork Orange, Leaving Las Vegas, Pee-Wee's Big Adventure, Modern Times, Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, Midnight Cowboy, American Beauty, About Schmidt. I just noticed most of these are either wacky comedies or horrible depressing tragedies, or both at the same time.
TV - Monty Python, Simpsons, Buffy, The Prisoner, Get Smart!, The Daily Show, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, South Park, Samurai Jack, SNL, Wonder Years, Dead Like Me, old Trek. I don't have a TV, so this is mostly theoretical.
Music (chronologically) - chant, Palestrini, Vivaldi, Bach, Mozart,
Beethoven, Chopin, Dvorak, Scott Joplin, Louis Armstrong, Bing Crosby, Eddy Arnold, Pete Seeger, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band (all of them), Bob Dylan, Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, Jimi Hendrix, Stephane Grapelli, Led Zeppelin, Vince Guaraldi, Kansas, Jethro Tull, Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Sting, Peter Gabriel, Kate Bush, Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen, Tori Amos, TMBG, Loreena McKennitt, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Alanis Morissette, Jeff Buckley, The Unicorns, The Cruxshadows, Island, Karma Coward
Foods - All food except okra. Will eat okra anyway. The best
restaurants I've eaten at are Stella's in New Orleans' French quarter (anything there is good), and Don Pedro's in Manhattan (try the filet mignon). New Orleans needs your money. Go there for a weekend, eat everything that you can handle, and spend each evening on Frenchmen (not Bourbon) Street. You won't regret it.
Games - Once Upon a Time is a card game where everyone tells a story together, and you try to work your cards into the game. Can work well with children, if you're flexible about the rules. In Baron Munchausen, you tell others your outrageous adventures, and they interfere by asking questions that also change the story. Zendo is a logic game, where you try to figure out what the rules are before anyone else does. I also LARP.
(Or you would buy me this for Valentine's day.)
Now that you've read to the end - congratulations! You may send me a note. This note will have your email or phone# in it. If you met me at a party, you'd give me your number with a lot less information than you have now. You can do like I do, and open a gmail account for okcupid that forwards email to your regular account. I don't check my okcupid mail very often. If your computer says I'm "Online Now!", that's because I leave a browser tab open on okcupid, which makes me jump to the top of your match choices. (As my drill sergeant said, "If you ain't cheatin', you ain't trying.")
If you don't want to talk on the phone and maybe meet in real life, don't write me. You also shouldn't write me if you smoke, go to bars a lot, watch TV every day, are a foodie who can't grab a hamburger sometimes, don't like children or animals, don't take care of your body, are "looking for a Real Man" (which I've learned is code for "can't get off without being spanked or tied up"), or your pictures are Photoshopped.
If you are good at smiling and being happy, and if you can appreciate the warmth when it's sunny and appreciate the coolness when it rains, send me a note.
(If you are all of the above, who knows; flip a coin.)
It's a big plus if you live or work near the western half of the Beltway.