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My self-summary
Time to refresh the profile. Ready to dip my toe back into the dating pool. But still, even though I write for a living (and even blog), when asked to write in the first person, I go blank. Speechless (a rare occurrence). But, here goes. Life-long New Yorker who moved—kicking and screaming— to LA about 20 years ago. Much to my surprise (and my east coast friends, who started a pool predicting my return) I've come to really love it here.
What I’m doing with my life
In a bit of a transition. My decision to cast my career at the nexus of music and journalism didn't quite pan out as planned (had a good run, but work that I enjoyed became harder and harder to find—and started paying less and less). I've done some TV work, and have recently started editing a start-up website. Also working on a book
I’m really good at
I'd like to say writing. I think I can swing a pretty good sentence, but I'll leave that decision to you. Also a pretty good cook, better-than-average DJ, and able to tell a joke.
The first things people usually notice about me
My intelligence and sense of humor. Next, they express amazement at my extraordinarily large......vocabulary.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
This changes day to day, sometimes hour by hour. Probably best to just list when I've read, heard and seen recently. Movies: It's summer, and not much for superhero movies. (OK, I am looking forward to the new Spiderman—Queens Country, represent!—and heard Wonder Woman was good.) Thought Get Out was really clever and well-made; Baby Driver, Okja, and the latest Planet of the Apes are on my must-see list. On cable: Bringing Up Baby, Night of the Hunter, the lesser-known silent comedians (Fatty Arbuckle, Ben Turpin, Charley Chase) that have been showing up on TCM.

TV: Homeland, Kimmy Schmidt, American Gods, Twin Peaks (no idea what's happening, but willing to take the trip); the Leftovers finale might be the best ending for a show since Six Feet Under. Was very happy it avoided the puzzle-plotting that afflicts too many Damon Lindelof-run shows.

Books: Big fan of Don DeLillo and Philip Roth; went through a stretch where I read Jane Austen, Edith Wharton, and Henry James. Love mysteries and detective stories: Chandler (The Long Goodbye is one of the best books about Southern California), McDonald, Michael Connelly from LA; Ian Rankin and Georges Simenon from Europe. Not a fan of the Millennium Trilogy books. Think Lisbeth Sandaler is a great character, but, Larsson is not much of a storyteller; the plots are clunky and the writing pedestrian. More recently: Colson Whitehead's The Underground Railroad is searing, brilliant and corrosively funny; thought Jean Stein's (RIP) West Of Eden was a good an oral biography as Edie.

My taste in music? Think an edgier and broader KCRW; from electronic dance music to Gregorian chants and much in between. Also love live music, from a small club the Bowl. Hope this clears things up.

Six things I could never do without
a well-written book
the love of a good woman
red wine
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Easier to say I spend a lot of time thinking: Politics, art, books, movies, music, why would anyone own a toy dog, what is it about BMWs that attracts asshole drivers, etc.
On a typical Friday night I am
There really is no typical Friday. Could be out seeing a band, having dinner with friends, at the Arclight, or just home, relaxing.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Will not be admitted here. I usually wait for a face to face meeting for that.
You should message me if
If you're intrigued by anything you've read here.
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